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December 14, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A defense lawyer Wednesday suggested that racing legend Mickey Thompson had a small fortune in gold in the house where he and his wife were found shot to death 18 years ago. Defense attorney Elena Saris closed her case after giving jurors a possible reason other than revenge, the motive prosecutors contend led Michael Goodwin to arrange for the killing of Thompson, his former partner in the business of promoting motor sports in Southern California, and Thompson's wife in 1988.
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July 9, 1996 | DAVAN MAHARAJ and ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Michael Goodwin, the former business partner of slain racing promoter Mickey Thompson, was sentenced Monday to 30 months in federal prison for making false statements to three banks while trying to borrow nearly $400,000. U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor ordered that Goodwin be taken into custody immediately to start serving his sentence.
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June 30, 2004 | Arlene Martinez, Times Staff Writer
Former racing promoter Michael Goodwin pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the 1988 murders of race-car legend Mickey Thompson and his wife. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Barbara Burke ordered Goodwin to return to the Pasadena courthouse Sept. 8 for a preliminary hearing. He is being held without bail at Los Angeles County Jail.
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November 9, 2006 | Dana Parsons
You'd be hard-pressed to find two people with more enmity for each other than Michael Goodwin and Collene Campbell. Campbell is convinced that Goodwin orchestrated the murders of her brother, famed race car driver and promoter Mickey Thompson, and his wife Trudy, in 1988. Goodwin is equally convinced that Campbell, a former San Juan Capistrano mayor with political connections, has been the driving force behind the investigation that led authorities to charge him in December 2001.
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April 24, 2002 | Dana Parsons
It's a celebrity murder case that has proved irresistible to TV's legal experts. And why not? It took police awhile--a year, in fact--to make their case. They have a theory as to who did it but no witness. Proving it in court is far from a sure thing. By now, much of America knows the outlines of the Robert Blake case, in which the former TV star is accused of killing his wife, Bonny Lee Bakley, while she sat in their car. But Orange County has its own celebrity murder--one with the same dark themes, a delayed arrest, no witnesses--but much richer in intrigue.
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June 11, 2004 | Dana Parsons
Michael Goodwin sounds unusually upbeat for a guy who nearly got out of jail after 2 1/2 years -- only to learn he'll soon be charged in a different county. You wonder how long that will last. My prediction: not long. Pretty soon, I'd guess, Goodwin will realize all over again he's in the clutches of a legal system not designed for easy exits for double-murder suspects.
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December 12, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
The detective initially in charge of investigating the murders of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife never sought to arrest Michael Goodwin, now on trial for the crimes, nor did he seek to file charges against him, according to testimony Monday in a Pasadena courtroom. The defense called Michael W. Griggs, who headed the investigation for the first four years, to suggest that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department investigation into the 1988 double murder was botched.
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April 16, 2002 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prosecutors outlined their case Monday against a businessman accused of murdering racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife in 1988, bringing forward a witness who claims Michael Goodwin vowed to kill Thompson two months before the slayings. Thompson, the first American to break the 400-mph land speed mark, and his wife, Trudy, were fatally shot in the San Gabriel Valley community of Bradbury by two masked men on bicycles who have never been identified.
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July 17, 1993 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The former business partner of murdered car-racing pioneer Mickey Thompson pleaded not guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to charges that he concealed and transferred more than $500,000 in assets during federal bankruptcy proceedings. Michael F. Goodwin, who law enforcement officials said has not been eliminated as a suspect in the 1988 murder of Thompson and his wife, Trudy, was ordered back to a federal cell in Los Angeles pending the posting of bail, which has been set at $850,000.
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December 18, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A former business partner of Mickey Thompson told two confidants that he was involved in the 1988 execution-style slayings of the legendary racing promoter and his wife, authorities allege in an affidavit obtained by The Times. In the early 1990s, Michael Goodwin made incriminating statements to a friend as they lounged together while watching a reality crime show on television that re-created the murders of Thompson and his wife, Trudy, the affidavit states.
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