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Tennis ump pleads not guilty in husband's killing

By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 2:29 PM EDT, Wed August 29, 2012
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • A judge reduced Lois Ann Goodman's bail from $1 million to $500,000
  • Goodman was arrested in New York while preparing for the U.S. Open tournament last week
  • She is accused of using a coffee mug to kill her 80-year-old husband

Los Angeles (CNN) -- A 70-year-old tennis line umpire accused of killing her husband with a coffee mug pleaded not guilty in a Los Angeles County court Wednesday morning.

A judge reduced Lois Ann Goodman's bail from $1 million to $500,000 after her lawyer argued the 70-year-old woman was not a threat to anyone.

Goodman was in New York preparing for the U.S. Open tournament when she was arrested last week and charged with murder in the death of her 80-year-old husband in California on April 17, authorities said.

She allegedly hit Alan Goodman on the head with a coffee mug and then stabbed him to death with its broken shards at their Woodland Hills, California, home, authorities said.

A preliminary hearing is set for October 3 to determine if there is enough evidence to try Goodman.

If convicted, she could be sentenced to up to life in prison.

CNN's Rosalina Nieves contributed to this report.

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