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Tennis Umpire Got Her Nails Done After Leaving Her Husband To Die, D.A. Claims

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A 70-year-old tennis umpire pleaded not guilty today to bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee cup at their Woodland Hills home before running off to get her nails done.Lois Goodman was arrested in Manhattan last week where she was planning to act as a referee matches at the U.S. Open. She was charged with the murder of her husband Alan Goodman, who died in April, according to City News Service.

During an arraignment hearing, Goodman's bail was lowered from $1 million to a half-million because of her age and ties to the community, CNS reports. She's due back in court on October 3, when there will be a hearing to figure out if there's enough evidence for a trial to go forward against her.

Initially, officials thought that Alan Goodman's death was an accident. It appeared that he had taken a fall down the stairs and managed to get back up and crawl into bed, where his wife says she found him dead.

A few days after his death, an investigator from the coroner's office, who went to the mortuary to sign Alan's death certificate, noticed deep gashes on his head and ears that triggered a homicide investigation. An autopsy revealed pottery shards in the wound, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Prosecutors allege that Goodman bludgeoned her husband to death with a broken coffee cup—and later went to get a manicure. Court papers suggested that Goodman was involved with another man at the time, which her defense attorney denies.

Goodman's attorney Alison Triessl told reporters that Goodman, along with her family, denies her mother could commit such "an aggressive act."

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