LOS ANGELES (April 30, 2004) — A state appeals court has ruled Orange County prosecutors have no jurisdiction in trying the man indicted for the killing of racing legend Mickey Thompson.
The Fourth District Court of Appeals agreed with suspect Michael Goodwin's writ petition that challenged Orange County's jurisdiction to try him for the murders of Mickey and Trudy Thompson—because those crimes occurred in Los Angeles County. The court remanded the case to the Orange County Superior Court with orders for dismissal. The decision will be final May 24, and Mr. Goodwin will remain in custody until then, according to Mark Macaulay, media relations specialist for the Orange County district attorney's office.
The Superior Court then would have 10 days after the final decision to file a petition with the California Supreme Court, which would have 60 days to decide if it will review the case.
Mr. Goodwin, Mr. Thompson's former business partner, was arrested for the murders Dec. 13, 2001, and has been charged with double murder and conspiracy to commit murder, plus three special circumstances: murder for hire, lying in wait and murder for financial gain.
Mr. Thompson and his wife were shot to death in the driveway of their Bradbury, Calif., home March 16, 1988, as they were leaving for work during the early morning hours. The gunmen, who fled the scene on bicycles, remain at large. Mr. Goodwin is accused of hiring the gunmen.