SANTA ANA, Calif. (May 15, 2002) — A trial date has been set for the man accused in the murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy.
Michael Frank Goodwin will stand trial July 8.
Mr. Goodwin, 57, a former business partner of Mr. Thompson's, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and three special circumstance charges: lying in wait, murder for financial gain and multiple homicides. His pre-trial date is set for June 28, followed by a jury trial beginning July 8 before Judge Frank Briseno in California's Orange County Superior Court.
The Thompsons were shot to death in the driveway of their Bradbury, Calif., home 14 years ago as they were leaving for work. Until recently, the case had been unsolved; the alleged triggermen are still at large.
CBS TV's “48 Hours” news program is scheduled to air a piece on the Mickey Thompson murder case and the Thompson family's fight for justice on Monday night, May 20, according to Collene Campbell, sister of Mickey Thompson.