LOS ANGELES – A Los Angeles tennis umpire arrested before a U.S. Open match and charged in her husband’s 2012 death is trying to clear her name.
Lois Goodman’s attorneys are expected to tell jurors Wednesday in federal court that the Los Angeles coroner’s office deprived her civil rights by falsifying an autopsy report.
Goodman says Deputy Medical Examiner Yulai Wang didn’t follow procedures when he changed the cause of death on Alan Goodman’s death certificate from accident to homicide without explanation.
The change led to a murder charge and Goodman’s arrest in New York.
Police said Goodman bludgeoned her husband with a coffee mug. Her lawyers say the 80-year-old tripped and fell down stairs while she wasn’t home.
The charges were dropped after other experts rejected the autopsy’s conclusions.