Transcript for U.S. Open Referee Charged With Her Husband's Death
Now, to that story involving a well-known professional tennis umpire, who is behind bars this morning after she was arrested in her u.S. Open uniform and charged with murdering her 80-year-old husband in april. Abc's dan harris is here with all of the details for us. Good morning, dan. Reporter: Robin, good morning. For decades, she rubbed elbows and crossed swords with some of the most famous and combative figures in professional tennis. This morning, lois goodman is in new york city, waiting to be sent home to california to face murder charges. The u.S. Open is known for fireworks and fierce competitors. But never anything like this. Lois ann goodman, a 70-year-old well-known umpire, who, over the years, had been on the receiving end of jeers from fans and GLARES FROM john McEnroe, now accused of murder. ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 17th, Goodman called police to her home in los angeles, where they found alan goodman, her 82-year-old husband and father of her three children, dead. Lois, allegedly told police her husband had fallen down the stairs. But after an investigation, they determined she had, quote, personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, to wit, a coffee cup, to bludgeon her husband to death. We located that coffee mug in several pieces at the crime scene. Reporter: Police say they had trouble tracking lois goodman down. But they heard she would be in new york city for the u.S. Open, which begins next week. The following day of the murder, she was back to her regular schedule. Back to her routine. Just kept going like it never stopped. Reporter: And tuesday morning, she was arrested while leaving her hotel. Wearing, as shown in this "new york daily news" picture, her u.S. Open uniform. It appears to be a disgraceful end to an illustrious career. After running an auto parts store with her husband, goodman, started working as a linesperson IN THE 1970s. Andre agassi once apologized to her after complaining about a call. Being an ump is a low-paying job. And it involves putting up with players and crowds that can be disrespectful. But goodman told "the los angeles times" in 1994, she loved it anyway. You can't let anything bother you and you can't take anything personally. If you do, you're in big trouble. She's in big trouble right now. "The new york times" saying that she allegedly beat him with the coffee cup and stabbed him with pieces of it. She is being charged with first-degree murder. And her attorney says she is going to fight this case.
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