Tennis referee Lois Goodman's DNA not on alledged murder weapon, lawyer says

This Aug. 24, 2012 file photo shows Lois Goodman with her attorney, Allison Triessl, left, as her arraignment on murder charges is postponed, in Los Angeles. The tennis referee accused of beating her 80-year-old husband to death has had two knee replacements and a shoulder replacement and couldn't have carried out the killing, her lawyer wrote in a court filing.
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Lois Goodman with her attorney, Allison Triessl (left) in Los Angeles
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(CBS/AP) LOS ANGELES - A lawyer for professional tennis referee Lois Ann Goodman says his client's DNA was not found on the coffee mug she allegedly used to beat her 80-year-old husband to death.

According to CBS Los Angeles, defense lawyer Robert Sheahen said tests did not find Goodman's DNA on the mug, which prosecutors say she used to kill her husband of 50 years, Alan Goodman.

Lois Goodman, 70, who refereed matches between some of tennis's greatest players, pleaded not guilty to killing her husband by beating him with a coffee cup and using its broken handle to stab him. Her lawyers suggested Alan Goodman instead fell down the steps while holding a coffee cup, causing his fatal injuries.

He died in April. Authorities initially believed he fell down stairs at home while his wife 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.

Lois Goodman is due back in court for a hearing on Dec. 9, CBS Los Angeles reports. The judge has ruled Goodman can spend 12 hours on Thanksgiving outside of her apartment with family.

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