Judge: Murder defendant's DNA can be collected

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Posted: Sep 19, 2012 2:20 PM
Judge: Murder defendant's DNA can be collected

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lawyers for a prominent professional tennis referee who is charged with the coffee-cup killing of her husband lost a bid Wednesday to block California prosecutors from taking a sample of her DNA.

Lois Ann Goodman, who is free on $500,000 bail and wearing an electronic monitoring device, appeared in court with her lawyers. They argued it would be an impermissible intrusion to force her to give a saliva sample.

A judge told them it is permissible to take the sample, as long as it is done in a private setting.

Goodman's lawyers said they will consider appealing.

Goodman, who has refereed matches between some of tennis' greatest players, has 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 was arrested last month, just before she was to referee a match at the U.S. Open in New York.

Her husband, Alan Goodman, died in April. Authorities initially believed he likely fell down stairs at home while she was away but later decided it was homicide. He was struck 10 times on the head, prosecutors said.

After the attack, Lois Goodman left to referee a tennis match and have her nails done, authorities said.

The couple had been married nearly 50 years and have three grown children.