Referee's lawyer says justice served by dismissal of murder case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Professional tennis referee Louis Goodman says she now feels like she's being treated fairly.

She'd been charged with murder in the death of her husband -- but prosecutors today dropped the case, saying there wasn't enough evidence.

The charges could still be refilled, but a defense lawyer says she thinks it's over. She says, "Justice has been served."

Goodman, who's 70, had been accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee cup. Her lawyers suggested that the husband had actually died in an accidental fall.

They'd been married 50 years, and have three grown daughters.

Alan Goodman died in April, in what authorities initially believed was a fall down the stairs at home while his wife was away. They later said it was a homicide, after a mortuary reported suspicious injuries on his head. His wife was arrested in New York in August as she arrived to be a line judge at the U.S. Open. She made her first court appearance wearing her uniform.

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APPHOTO CALOS301: FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2012, file photo, tennis umpire Lois Goodman looks on during a hearing in a Van Nuys, Calif., courtroom where she pleaded not guilty in the death of her husband. Citing insufficient evidence, Los Angeles prosecutors on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012, have dropped the murder case against Goodman. A judge dismissed the case Friday without prejudice, meaning it could be brought back. The 70-year-old Goodman was accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband Alan to death with a coffee cup in April. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Times, Al Seib, File) NO FOREIGN USAGE; NO SALES; MAGS OUT; ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER OUT; LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS OUT; VENTURA COUNTY STAR OUT; INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT, TV OUT (29 Aug 2012)

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