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Tennis Referee Charged in Husband’s Death Says After Case Dropped: “I Don’t Think They Had Anyone Else to Blame”

Three days after prosecutors said they were unable to proceed with a murder case aginst the tennis official, Lois Goodman talked about the accusations


A professional tennis official accused of killing her husband with a broken coffee mug said she was "always there for him" and cannot understand why she was charged in his death.

Three months after Lois Goodman was arrested in New York when she arrived to be a line judge at the U.S. Open, prosecutors said they were unable to proceed with the case against her due to insufficient evidence. The case was dismissed and Goodman's electronic monitoring ankle bracelet was removed.

"I walk around shaking my head, 'No,'" Goodman, 70, told TODAY Monday. "I can't understand how it even got that far."

Goodman was accused of stabbing her husband of 50 years, Alan Goodman, with a broken coffee mug. His body was found at the couple's Los Angeles home April 17

Officers ruled the death suspicious because they initially couldn’t determine if foul play was involved, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The death was later ruled a homicide and Goodman was arrested in New York in August.

But a spokeswoman for the District Attorney's office said Friday authorities were "unable to proceed with the case at this time." Goodman's attorney, Robert Sheahen, was asked Monday about that wording and whether he believes there are lingering suspicions about her involvement.

"None. Zero," he said.

Goodman was asked why she believes the charges were filed.

"I'm the spouse, and I don't think they had anyone else blame," she said. "I loved him very much, and I was devoted to him. I took care of him, and he depended on me. I was always there, and worked full time at the same time. I was always running and doing for him."

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck said in a statement Friday afternoon that the case remained open.

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