A long-time tennis line judge, Lois Goodman, was arrested for allegedly murdering her husband.
The 70-year-old Goodman, who has worked in matches involving tennis greats such as Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, and the Williams Sisters, was in New York for next week's U.S. Open, where she was to serve as a line judge, when she was met with a felony arrest warrant Tuesday from her hometown of Los Angeles.
Police and prosecutors say Goodman beat her 80-year-old husband, Alan Goodman, to death with a coffee mug in April.
Lois Goodman has served as a line judge at the U.S. Open for many years and was scheduled to work at this year's Grand Slam event, which will commence Monday in Flushing Meadows.
Alan Goodman, who had owned an auto parts business in Southern California since the early 1960s and had three daughters, died on April 12 at the couple's condominium in the Woodland Hills neighborhood.
Goodman told police her husband appeared to die as the result of an accident and she had been out that day refereeing a tennis match, according to Lt. David Storaker of the Los Angeles Police Department.
"She said she surmised he had fallen down the steps, had a heart attack and managed to get back upstairs to the bed," Storaker said. "It was a suspicious death from the beginning."
Investigators for the Los Angeles County coroner's office said they noticed Alan Goodman had multiple sharp force injuries on and around his head that were inconsistent with Lois Goodman's story.
Goodman appeared in Manhattan Criminal Court late Tuesday and agreed to waive an extradition hearing so she could be returned to Los Angeles to face criminal charges.
She could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.