LOS ANGELES — U.S. Open tennis umpire Lois Goodman stabbed her 80-year-old husband 10 times with a broken coffee mug and left him to die in his bed as she went to "tennis and to get her nails done," a prosecutor told a judge Wednesday.
Deputy District Attorney Sharon Ranson said the slaying of Alan Goodman on April 17 in the couple's San Fernando Valley condominium was premeditated and that his 70-year-old wife wielded the broken coffee cup as an "improvised knife."
Prosecutors offered the new details in court Wednesday as Lois Goodman pleaded not guilty to the murder charge. Commissioner Mitchell Block reduced her bail from $1 million to $500,000, citing her age, lack of criminal record and ties to the community. If she is released from custody, Block ordered Goodman to remain on home electronic monitoring.
Her attorney, Alison Triessl, has said that Lois Goodman is too weak and physically incapable of committing the crime.
Lois Goodman has told police that she came home and found her husband dead in bed. She said she thought he crawled there after falling down the stairs.
Authorities only began to investigate the death as a homicide a few days later when a coroner's investigator at the funeral home noticed a deep wound in Alan Goodman's head. An autopsy revealed shards of pottery in the wound.
Outside court, Ransom reiterated the prosecution's contention that Lois Goodman, after attacking her husband, went about her business as he lay mortally wounded. "He was left there to die," she said.