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Judge: Murder defendant's DNA can be collected

Posted: September 19, 2012 11:14 a.m.
Updated: September 19, 2012 11:14 a.m.

U.S. Open tennis umpire Lois Goodman in a Van Nuys, Calif., courtroom Aug. 29. Now free on bail, she has lost a bid to block prosecutors from taking a sample of her DNA.

 

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

Lois Ann Goodman, who is free on bail and wearing an electronic monitoring device, appeared in court with her lawyers Wednesday.

Her attorneys 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 say they will consider appealing.

Goodman 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.

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