Referee charged in husband’s death due in LA court


LOS ANGELES (AP) — A nationally known professional tennis referee is due in court as lawyers set the stage for a trial in the bizarre coffee cup death of the woman’s husband.

The attorney for Lois Ann Goodman has dropped her opposition to a request from investigators for a DNA sample. The sample will be taken when the 70-year-old Goodman comes to court Wednesday.

Goodman is charged with bludgeoning her husband with a ceramic cup in April. Authorities initially believed the 80-year-old fell down stairs at home while she was away, but later decided it was murder.


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Goodman was arrested in New York in August just before she was to referee at the U.S. Open. Her attorney maintains the victim died in a freak accident.

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