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Friends, family lend support to accused tennis umpire

October 3, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A big crowd of friends and family lent their support in court on Wednesday to the professional tennis umpire accused of killing her husband.

There were so many people who showed up that they were asked to wait outside.

Investigators were expected to take a DNA sample after the hearing. Last month, the defense had tried to resist the prosecution's request for Lois Goodman, 70, to provide a DNA sample, but the judge did not agree.

Goodman was arrested in New York City in August just as she was about to serve as a line judge in a U.S. Open match. She was extradited back to Los Angeles to face charges that she killed her husband, 80-year-old Alan Goodman, last April in their Woodland Hills condominium.

Prosecutors allege that Goodman used a ceramic coffee mug to beat her husband to death, but the defense claims Alan Goodman fell down the stairs.

DNA was taken at the time of Goodman's arrest, but that sample was sent to a state database. Prosecutors said they needed a separate saliva sample.

But prosecutors offered no hint as to how DNA might link Goodman to the murder -- a crime that happened in her own house where her DNA would be found throughout anyway, the defense argued.

The defense also claims the initial investigation was botched by police, and the house contaminated by people coming and going.

Lawyers were supposed to set a preliminary hearing date, but that was postponed until Nov. 8 because the defense said it wanted to collect additional information to prepare for trial, including the original notes of LAPD officers who initially determined the death to be accidental.

Goodman has pleaded not guilty, and the defense maintains that she is physically incapable of committing the crime. She remains free on bail, wearing an electronic monitoring device. The judge modified the conditions of Goodman's house arrest. Previously, she was only allowed to go out of the house for religious services or health appointments, but the judge said she can now go to her attorneys' offices as well.

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