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article imageUS Open tennis referee arrested for murder

By Layne Weiss     Aug 22, 2012 in Crime
Police arrested a US Open tennis referee in New York Tuesday and charged her with killing her husband in California this past April.
The referee, Lois Ann Goodman, 70, was detained by detectives outside her hotel before being charged with killing her husband Alan Goodman, April 17, CNN reports.
According to The NY Times, Goodman appeared in a Manhattan criminal court Tuesday morning, but will be extradited back to California according to her legal aide in New York Allen Farbman. The LAPD and LA County District Attorney's office also say Goodman will be back in Los Angeles soon, CNN reports.
According to USA Today, prosecutors allege that on April 17, Lois Ann Goodman beat her husband with a coffee mug, and then stabbed him to death with the broken edges.
Initially, Mrs. Goodman told investigators that her husband died as a result of falling down the stairs in their Woodland Hills home, The NY Times reports.
LAPD Lieutenant David Storaker said when police arrived on the scene, they found blood in the couple's bedroom, the stairway, and throughout the house.
Storaker said the amount of blood was too significant for Mr. Goodman to just have fallen down the stairs. Pollice knew there was more to the story.
According to the LA Times, within weeks, forensic evidence made it clear that Alan Goodman did not die from falling down the stairs. An LA County coroner's medical examiner determined that Mr. Goodman's injuries were not conducive to injuries resulting from an accidental fall.
Police declared Alan Goodman's death a homicide and a warrant for his wife Lois' arrest was issued August 14, The NY Times reports.
According to Storaker, police in LA and NY worked together on arresting and charging Mrs. Goodman.
"We believe we know what the motive is, but we don't want to taint anything by releasing that," Storaker said. "We know they were together at several locations during that day and would like to people who saw them."
Not everyone believes the 70 year old referee is guilty.
According to USA Today, Annette Buck, director of adult and senior tennis at the US Tennis Association says she's worked with Lois for several years and just doesn't believe she could have done something like this.
If convicted, Goodman could face life in prison, CNN reports.
The Goodmans were married for several years and had three children, USA Today reports.
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