Judge again denies bail for Goodwin

first_imgPASADENA – For the second time since his incarceration in 2001, a judge has denied bail for Michael Frank Goodwin, the man accused of orchestrating the 1988 killing of legendary auto racer Mickey Thompson and his wife, Trudy. The couple was gunned down in the driveway of their Bradbury home just after 6 a.m. on March 16, 1988. If convicted of the double murder charge, Goodwin could face life in prison without parole. On Wednesday, Pasadena Superior Court Judge Teri Schwartz denied the request for bail made by Goodwin’s attorney, Los Angeles County Public Defender Elena Saris. Schwartz said evidence presented against Goodwin, 60, was strong enough to prove guilt. Saris argued that there was not enough proof to presume her client was guilty, citing a lack of forensic evidence and the fact that the shooters were never caught. She said denying bail to Goodwin for four years was “an absolute abomination for anyone accused of a crime.” “He shouldn’t be left to rot in jail,” she said. “One shouldn’t have to be a movie star or someone famous in order to walk the street.” Saris’ reference to actor Robert Blake’s criminal trial did not impress the judge. “The Blake case has really no relevance to me,” Schwartz said. Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said the evidence presented in the preliminary hearing “speaks volumes.” A hearing regarding access to evidence will take place at 8:30a.m. Dec. 8 in Pasadena Superior Court. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more