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Tennis umpire incapable of killing - lawyer

Professional tennis lines umpire Lois Goodman, 70, appears in a New York City courthouse on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012. (The New York Daily News)

August 28, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The lawyer for tennis umpire Lois Goodman says her client was incapable of bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee mug.

Goodman is facing charges of killing her 80-year-old husband, Alan Goodman, at their Woodland Hills home in April.

Attorney Alison Triessl wrote in a court filing that Lois Goodman has had two knee replacements, a shoulder replacement and suffers from arthritis and spinal pain.

"It is physically impossible for her to have done this," Triessl told The Associated Press.

Goodman has a bail hearing scheduled for tomorrow. Triessl asked the judge to reduce Goodman's $1 million bail to $100,000 or release her on electronic monitoring.

"Mrs. Goodman is not a danger to any person or the community," Triessl wrote in the motion, adding that Goodman did not have a passport.

Prosecutors accuse Lois Goodman of using a coffee cup that broke to stab her husband multiple times. She was arrested last week in New York, where she was to serve as a line judge for this week's U.S. Open.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.