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April 25, 2004 | Dana Parsons
From his Orange County jail cell, Michael Goodwin has won a big one. The man charged with arranging the execution-style hits on former business partner Mickey Thompson and his wife, Trudy, in 1988 has beaten the Orange County district attorney. Goodwin has argued that the county had no legal jurisdiction to charge him, and last week a state appeals court agreed and dismissed the case, while leaving open the possibility it could be filed in Los Angeles County, where the murders occurred.
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August 14, 2001 | ANNA GORMAN and STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
One day after being arrested in his Dana Point home, a suspect in the 1988 slayings of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife was released from Los Angeles County Jail on Monday. Michael Goodwin appeared in a police lineup at the jail Monday morning and was released seven hours later, after sheriff's investigators determined they did not have enough evidence to keep him in custody. Two witnesses identified Goodwin in the lineup, his attorney said.
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November 6, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
For sustaining public interest, few cases rival the slayings of motor sports pioneer Mickey Thompson and his wife, Trudy, who were shot to death 18 years ago outside their home in the gated community of Bradbury. Six times, "America's Most Wanted" has broadcast treatments of the long-running mystery.
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December 14, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and ANNA GORMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County prosecutors have filed murder charges against a businessman long suspected of masterminding the 1988 execution-style slaying of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife, authorities said Thursday. With pistols drawn, sheriff's deputies broke down the door of the Dana Point trailer belonging to Thompson's former partner, Michael F. Goodwin, around 3:30 p.m. Thursday.
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July 16, 1993 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Times staff writer Rene Lynch contributed to this story
The case files were so thick they could reach the ceiling of the police office, encompassing more than 1,100 leads that ultimately led nowhere, detectives said. Pleas for help went out on TV's "Unsolved Mysteries." Psychics even rushed forth to offer visions of the people who gunned down millionaire car-racing pioneer Mickey Thompson and his wife in front of their 13-car garage in the San Gabriel Valley in 1988. But still, no arrests.
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December 15, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The case against a businessman charged in the 13-year-old slaying of Mickey Thompson and his wife centers on allegations of incriminating statements the suspect made to friends, links to a stun gun found at the crime scene and repeated threats he made against the auto racing superstar, according to investigative documents obtained Friday.
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October 26, 2008 | Richard Abowitz, Abowitz is a freelance writer.
Nightclubs in Vegas usually avoid politics, but on a recent early Saturday morning I observed one of the rarest sights you'll ever see at a Strip property. I was at the Caesars Forum Shops, one of the most trafficked malls in the world, to view a protest. As private property, most any protest there would usually result in arrests for trespassing.
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April 25, 2004 | Daniel Yi, Times Staff Writer
After spending 28 months behind bars, Michael Goodwin, the Orange County businessman accused of plotting the 1988 murders in Los Angeles of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife, could soon be freed for lack of evidence. He isn't bitter about the time he has lost, Goodwin, 59, said Saturday, a day after a court of appeals ruled that Orange County prosecutors lack jurisdiction to pursue the case.
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August 13, 2001 | JOE MOZINGO and EVAN HALPER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Thirteen years after auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife were shot to death in front of their San Gabriel Valley mansion, the man long considered a prime suspect in the murders was arrested Sunday night, authorities said. Michael F. Goodwin, a former business partner of Thompson, was taken into custody at 7:25 p.m. while he was eating dinner with his father and brother at his home in Dana Point, according to his attorney.
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