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Murder charges dropped against tennis referee

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Murder charges against professional tennis referee Lois Ann Goodman were dismissed in Los Angeles on Friday due to insufficient evidence.

Goodman, 70 , was accused of killing her elderly husband in April.

She was arrested in midtown Manhattan in August as she prepared to work the U.S. Open Tournament.

Alan Goodman, 80, was killed in their home in Woodland Hills, Calif., according to investigators.

Lois Goodman was accused of bludgeoning him to death with a coffee mug on April 17.

When the death was reported. Lois Goodman told police it appeared to have been an accident.

She said she had been out all day and was refereeing a tennis match, according to Lt. David Storaker of the Los Angeles Police Department.

"She arrived home and she said the house was locked up," he said.

When Goodman found her husband unresponsive in bed, "she said she surmised he had fallen down the steps, had a heart attack and managed to get back upstairs to the bed," Storaker said.

"It was a suspicious death from the beginning," he added.

Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman Ed Winter said Alan Goodman's body was immediately transported to a mortuary.

"We sent investigators to the mortuary, and we noticed that his injuries were inconsistent with a fall," Winter said. "The autopsy revealed he had multiple sharp force injuries about the head."

Storaker said officers later returned to the scene with a search warrant and found evidence inconsistent with Goodman's story. He said the amount of blood in the condo did not suggest a fall. They also found a broken coffee mug.

Winter said the coroner's office worked on the case with Los Angeles police and eventually it was ruled a homicide and presented to the district attorney's office.

"We believe we know what the motive is, but we don't want to taint anything by releasing that," Storaker said. "We know they were together at several locations during that day and would like to talk to people who saw them."

The couple had been married for several decades and had three children.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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