Lois Goodman, tennis referee accused in husband's death, passed polygraph test, lawyers say

Lois Goodman with her attorney, Allison Triessl (left) in Los Angeles File, AP Photo/Nick Ut

(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - Professional tennis referee Lois Ann Goodman, who is charged in her husband's death, passed a lie detector test in which she denied bludgeoning her husband with a coffee cup, her lawyers said Monday.

Goodman's attorneys told The Associated Press that they emailed the results to the district attorney's office. They said they suggested that prosecutors re-evaluate the case and consider dismissing charges against the 70-year-old woman.

David Petique, the lead detective on the case, asked Goodman to take a polygraph test "to clear herself" when she was first under investigation in the month after her husband's death, defense attorneys said,

"I'm hopeful that they are going to reassess their case," defense attorney Alison Treissl said in a phone interview. "The facts just don't support that there was a murder. The results of the polygraph prove Lois Goodman did not kill her husband. He died in a freak accident."

Goodman, who refereed matches between some of tennis's greatest players, pleaded not guilty to killing her 80-year-old husband by beating him with a coffee cup and using its broken handle to stab him. She suggested Alan Goodman fell down the steps while holding a coffee cup, causing his fatal injuries.

Alan Goodman died in April. Authorities initially believed he fell down stairs at home while she was away but later decided it was homicide after a mortuary reported suspicious injuries on Alan Goodman's head. Lois Ann Goodman was arrested in August just before she was to referee a match at the U.S. Open in New York.

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