Daughter Comes To The Defense Of Tennis Umpire Accused Of Murder
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As the U.S. Open draws to a close in Flushing this weekend, a tennis umpire who was supposed to be on the sidelines is instead getting out of jail.
She is charged with killing her husband with a coffee mug.
On Friday night her daughter spoke out in her defense.
“It’s insane. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s something that just can’t happen and it is and we can’t make two cents of it,” Alison Rogers said.
Rogers said her mother, Lois Goodman, was a loving wife, not capable of killing Alan Goodman, her husband of 50 years.
“They never fought. It was a great relationship,” Rogers said.
While in New York for the U.S. Open, 70-year-old Lois Goodman, a professional tennis line judge was arrested and accused of beating her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee mug at their California home.
Rogers told CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez she questions the timing of the Big Apple bust.
“She’s been in contact with police. They did not call her, tell her to come in. They waited until she went to New York, maybe to make two headlines,” Rogers said.
Lois Goodman spent two weeks behind bars, before being released on bail. She joined her daughters at a memorial to grieve her long time love. Rogers said reports of her mother was having an affair are untrue.
“She doesn’t know what happened. As far as I’m concerned she’s physically and emotionally not capable of doing something,” Rogers said.
The family sold a car, took out loans and maxed out credit cards to fund her defense. Rogers said she’s confident Lois Goodman’s name will be cleared.
“We are behind her. Our whole family is behind her and were going to get through this,” Rogers said.
Lois Goodman is under house arrest and is required to wear an electronic monitor. Her family started a defense fund so her supporters can help pay her attorney fees, CBS 2’s Sanchez reported.
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