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Oct 28, 2014 3:26 PM

Appeal heard in Mickey Thompson murder case

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) A lawyer for the man convicted of murder in the killings of auto racing great Mickey Thompson and his wife urged a California appellate court panel to overcome distaste for Michael Goodwin and reverse his case.

Defense attorney Gail Harper repeatedly called her client a jerk and an angry man on Tuesday, but said there was insufficient evidence presented at his trial to tie him to the unknown killers.

The three-judge panel issued a tentative ruling indicating they plan to affirm the conviction. But they asked many questions during the hearing.

Deputy Attorney General Louis Carlin argued that Goodwin was the only person with a motive to kill the Thompsons over a soured business deal.

Prosecutors contended at trial that Goodwin hired killers to carry out the crime in 1988.


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