U.S. Open Referee Charged With Killing Husband With Coffee Cup

VIDEO: Lois Goodman is in a NYC jail awaiting extradition to California.

A 70-year-old tennis referee was arrested today, charged with murdering her husband with a coffee cup last April in Los Angeles.

Lois Ann Goodman was in New York City this week to officiate at the U.S. Open when the Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives made the arrest, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. The arrest follows an investigation that lasted several months.

Goodman called police on April 17 and told officers she arrived home and found her 80-year-old husband, Alan, dead at the bottom of the stairs, said Lt. David Storaker, the chief of detectives at the LAPD's Topanga station.

"She surmised that he must have had a heart attack and fallen down the stairs," Storaker told ABCNews.com.

Officers concluded that there was no sign of forced entry, and the statements Goodman was making seemed suspicious, so they investigated further, Storaker said.

On Aug. 2, the Los Angeles Country Coroner ruled Alan's death a homicide.

The cause of death was multiple injuries to the head, Storaker said. According to the arrest warrant, the murder weapon was a coffee cup.

Although LAPD detectives said they think they know the motive, Storaker said they weren't sharing it because it will affect the case.

"We're trying to retrace the steps of both Goodmans that day to see if there was any strain in their relationship or arguments occurred," he said. "We don't want to taint any other memories."

If convicted, Goodman could face life in state prison, according to the LA County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors recommended bail at $1 million.

Representatives of the U.S. Open said they did not have information on Goodman's history with the tournament. They said she is an independent contractor.

Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Salvager Eric Schmitt was combing through the wreckage of a convoy of Spanish ships that sank off the coast of Florida in 1715 when he discovered a missing piece from a gold Pyx.
Courtesy 1715 Fleet - Queens Jewels, LLC
Lisa Kudrow
Seth Poppel/Yearbook Library | Getty Images
PHOTO: In this April 26, 2013 photo, a large home intended for the family of Warren Jeffs is seen in Hildale, Utah.
Trent Nelson/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP
PHOTO: Zac Efron seen at BBC Radio One, April 24, 2014, in London.
Neil P. Mockford/GC Images/Getty Images