Goodwin was arrested in 2001 and held without bail. Collene and Thompson’s son Danny Thompson were also present at the Pasadena Superior Courthouse. Thompson was a famed auto-racer, racing dragsters and funny cars.
The details of the murder are minimal. On March 16, 1988, two men were seen pedaling away from the Thompson's Bradbury home. Neighbors heard screams and one neighbor tried to shoot at the assailants, but was too late. The Thompson’s had been shot as they were walking to their cars to go to work. The only eyewitness was a 14 year old girl. Goodwin brought in a psychologist that told the jury that memories fade quickly; therefore a young girl's account could not be trusted. Shortly after the murder, Goodwin liquidated his assets and bought a yacht in which he sailed away to the
Goodwin’s defense will have a motion for retrial in March.
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