Published October 03, 2012
LOS ANGELES – A professional tennis referee charged with the coffee-mug killing of her husband gave police a DNA sample Wednesday after dropping her opposition to the procedure.
Lois Ann Goodman, 70, who is charged with beating her husband to death with the mug last April, was accompanied by about 25 supporters, including friends and relatives, when she appeared briefly in court for a pretrial hearing.
A judge scheduled Goodman's next hearing for Nov. 8.
In the meantime, defense attorneys say they have a huge amount of evidence and court documents provided by prosecutors to review before a trial is scheduled.
Goodman was arrested in August just before she was to referee at match at the U.S. Open.
Her attorneys say her 80-year-old husband was the victim of a freak accident.
Authorities initially believed Alan Goodman fell down stairs at home while she was away but later decided it was homicide. Prosecutors now believe he was struck 10 times on the head and stabbed with the broken cup.
The couple was married nearly 50 years and has three grown children.