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December 13, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The man accused in the murder of racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife unexpectedly did not testify Tuesday, on the advice of his lawyer. Michael Goodwin, bankrupted after a failed business partnership with Thompson, was allegedly motivated by revenge. The men who carried out the 1988 killings fled on bicycles and were never identified. Jurors are to visit the crime scene Thursday and could begin deliberations this week.
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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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November 28, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
The man on trial for allegedly murdering sports legend Mickey Thompson threatened a decade later to kill Thompson's sister, she testified Monday. Outside the presence of the jury, Collene Campbell, 74, testified briefly but dramatically in court in Pasadena against Michael Goodwin, Thompson's estranged business partner, who is charged with arranging the deaths of Thompson and his wife, Trudy, 18 years ago. "I'm going to try to give it my best shot at exactly what he said," Campbell said.
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November 15, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
A law professor said Tuesday that he bought a gun and a bulletproof vest after he was threatened by racing promoter Michael Goodwin, who is on trial for murder in the slaying of motor sports legend Mickey Thompson.
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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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November 8, 2006 | John Spano, Times Staff Writer
Michael Goodwin gloated about how he would "screw" racing legend Mickey Thompson out of his part of the joint business deal they had signed just hours before, his chauffeur testified Tuesday. The driver, Charles Linkletter, said Goodwin planned to take advantage of Thompson from the beginning of their joint venture into racing promotion. After the 1984 deal was signed, Goodwin launched on a "45-minute diatribe about screwing him, ripping him off."
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October 5, 2004 | From Associated Press
A disgruntled former business partner of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson threatened to have him "wasted" not long before Thompson and his wife were killed outside their home in 1988, a prosecution witness testified Monday. Gregory Keay, a cousin of defendant Michael Goodwin, told a Los Angeles Superior Court judge that Goodwin appeared angry when he discussed Thompson and their soured business relationship at a family gathering in late 1987 or early 1988.
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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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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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June 3, 2004 | David Haldane and Christine Hanley, Times Staff Writers
Orange County prosecutors apparently will not appeal a court ruling dismissing murder charges against Michael Goodwin in the 1988 killings of auto racing legend Mickey Thompson and his wife. The decision, Deputy Dist. Atty. Jim Mulgrew told Associated Press on Wednesday, means that Goodwin, Thompson's former partner, could be released from jail by the end of the month.
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