Tennis referee, Lois Goodman, on dropped murder case: I want to go back to work

Goodman has always maintained her innocence

Tennis referee Lois Goodman, who stood accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband to death until Los Angeles County prosecutors asked a judge to drop the charges last week, said today she plans to resume working tennis matches, convinced the aborted prosecution has not hurt her reputation.

"I want to go back to work," Lois Goodman, 70, said on ABC's "Good Morning America."I miss my friends and being on the court, and my friends said, ‘I've already got you booked on four tournaments that I'm running, so clear your calendar.'"

Goodman said she will not have a reputation to restore. "I don't think I ever lost it," she said on NBC's "Today Show."

Goodman was accused of bludgeoning Alan Goodman with a coffee mug in April and stabbing him with the broken pieces. She was arrested in New York Aug. 21, when she arrived to work as a line judge at the US Open.

A Los Angeles Friday judge threw out the case against Goodman at the request of prosecutors. The case was dismissed without prejudice, meaning it can be refiled, but one of her defense lawyers, Robert Sheahen, said today that would never happen.

Goodman, who has always maintained her innocence, theorized today that her husband suffered a fall and crawled back into bed.

"I wasn't there. Poor thing ... I beat myself up all the time," she said, adding she loved her husband and was devoted to him.

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