PASADENA, Calif. (March 18, 2005) — Defense attorneys for Michael Frank Goodwin, the man charged with the 1988 murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife Trudy, will present their motions to dismiss on April 29.
The Pasadena Superior Court was supposed to hear the defense's motion to dismiss on the grounds of misconduct by investigators on March 17, but the date was moved back because of delays in filing all paperwork, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.
On March 7 Judge Janice Croft denied a motion to dismiss the case against Mr. Goodwin on the grounds of insufficient evidence. If the next motion is also denied, either a pre-trial hearing or the actual trial setting will be held.
Mr. Goodwin is charged with two counts of murder with the special circumstances of lying in wait and multiple murders. The Thompsons were shot to death in execution-style manner March 16, 1988, in the driveway of their Bradbury, Calif., home.
Two masked gunmen fled the scene on bicycles and have never been identified. Mr. Goodwin, a former motorcross promoter and Mr. Thompson's business partner until their relationship went sour over legal disputes, has long been suspected by authorities of orchestrating the murders.