As the brightest and best tennis players of this generation gathered in New York City for the opening rounds of the US Open, just a few hours away, in Los Angeles, the professional referee who was hoping to officiate at the event was pleading “not guilty” to the brutal murder of her 80-year-old husband.
Lois Ann Goodman was placed under arrest and charged with murdering her husband, Alan Goodman, last week following a lengthy homicide investigation into his death, which occurred in April of this year. Appearing in the Van Nuys courtroom today for a bail hearing, the tennis referee entered a plea of innocence after listening to prosecutors explicitly describe the very opposite.
Deputy District Attorney Sharon Ransom and her team of fellow prosecutors told the court that Lois Ann Goodman was responsible for bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee mug before repeatedly stabbing him and leaving him to die. Telling reporters outside the courtroom that Goodman “left him (Alan Goodman) in the bed dying, went to a tennis event and had her nails done …” in a manner that was cold and unremorseful, during the hearing prosecutor Ransom urged the Judge to keep the defendant’s bail at $1million.
In Goodman’s defence, Defence Attorney Alison Triessl claimed that she simply didn’t commit the crime as her many infirmities, including shoulder and knee replacements, rendered her client physically incapable of carrying out such a brutal attack. Triessel had previously wrote in a filing about the various infirmities that the 70-year-old defendant suffers with, a filing that was strengthened by over 40 letters from Goodman’s friends, family and professional colleagues all noting her gentle and generous nature. This was an opinion that was clearly shared by the two dozen supporters of Lois Ann Goodman who were present in court during the hearing.
Eventually setting bail at $500,000 Superior Court Commissioner Mitchell Block also ruled that Goodman could remain in home confinement with electronic monitoring providing that bail was posted. According to Triessl Goodman’s family, who will struggle to raise the bail that includes 8% cash and $500,000 collateral, remain convinced of her innocence.