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Cebu : Philippines | Aug 22, 2012 at 12:45 AM PDT
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Skooter reporting 08/22/12

Arrested Tuesday in New York City is a professional tennis referee from Los Angeles on a felony warrant charging her with killing her elderly husband in April.

The 70-year-old Lois Ann Goodman, a top referee on the tennis circuit, was taken into custody as she was about to report to work at the U.S. Open tournament, the district attorney's office said. Lois Ann Goodman was accused with murdering her 80-year-old husband, Alan Goodman, in their home in Woodland Hills, Calif. She bashed him to death using a coffee mug on April 17.

Lois Goodman reported the death as an accident to the police. Lt. David Storaker of the Los Angeles Police Department said that she had been refereeing a tennis match all day. She arrived home and the house was locked up. When she found her husband cold in bed, she presumed he had fallen down the steps, had a heart attack and was able to get back upstairs to the bed.

Alan Goodman’s body was speedily brought to a mortuary, Los Angeles County coroner's office spokesman Ed Winter said. Investigators were sent to the mortuary and they found out that the injuries were not consistent with a fall, Winter said. The autopsy showed he had multiple sharp force injuries about the head. Officers then returned to the scene equipped with a search warrant and found evidence in conflict with the referee’s story. The amount of blood in the scene did not indicate a fall. A broken coffee mug was also found, Storaker said.

Because of strong pieces of evidence found, the coroner’s office and Los Angeles police eventually concluded the case a homicide and presented to the district attorney’s office, Winter said.

Storaker said they believe they know what the motive was, but they don't want to spoil anything and they know the couple was together at several locations during that day and they would like to interview to people who saw them.

The couple had been married for several decades and had three children.

Goodman is detained in New York awaiting extradition to Los Angeles. Dated August 14, a warrant for her arrest was issued. It was reported that the prosecutors would ask that her bail be set at $1 million. She would face life imprisonment if convicted.


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In this 2008 photo tennis referee Lois Goodman is shown while officiating a CIF tennis tournament.
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