November 30th, 2012
04:21 PM ET

Murder charge dismissed against U.S. Open tennis ump

New evidence has persuaded Los Angeles County prosecutors to drop murder charges against a U.S. Open tennis umpire.

Lois Goodman, 70, had been accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband, Alan, with a coffee mug, and then fatally stabbing him with the broken mug's shards at their California home in April.

"We received additional information regarding the case," Sandi Gibbons of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Friday. "Based upon this information, we announced that we are unable to proceed with the case at this time. The court granted our request to dismiss the case without prejudice."

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  1. chrissy

    Well that tells you alot, sheesh!

    November 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    So. Pardon the pun, this Alan Goodman got mugged. Literally.

    November 30, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    I'm 58. If my wife ever gets the idea to mug me, I hope she don't use the one with Bugs Bunny on it. I love that mug so much.

    November 30, 2012 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    CNN's blocking me again.

    November 30, 2012 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    Dismissed without prejudice. Doesnt that mean they could charge her again later for the same chrime?

    November 30, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony


      December 1, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    wonder what umpire made that call...

    November 30, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    Lol @ PT, was that Yep! an answer to my question?

    December 1, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Yes...It's a prosecution trick to avoid the defendant's right to a speedy trial among other reasons like insufficient evidence or the probability of a not guilty verdictat trial.

      December 1, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Not the real me @ l0:30 either and not banasy after. and not dazzle before either! Ty PT, thats exactly what i figured, which means they charged her without enough evidence to support the charge.

    December 1, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    fake superman also.

    December 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. s kel

    No Frank your comments came thru, I like Bugs bunny too.

    December 2, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Chrissy: Being charged with the same crime twice? I think that's the law of Double Jepeordy

    December 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pippa

    Well, good luck with a fair trial after CNN's open forum...

    December 2, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ JF, i did some research on that and you would be correct if her case was dismissed WITH prejudice.

    December 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |