U.S. Tennis Referee Charged With Murder
Posted by Stephen Manning on Aug 21, 2012 - 5:51:17 PM
LOS ANGELES—A 70-year-old professional tennis referee from
Los Angeles has been arrested in New York for the murder of her 82-year-old
husband on April 17. Prosecutors claim Lois tried covering up the fact that she
had beat her husband to death with a coffee mug.
A high-ranking referee on the U.S. professional tennis
circuit, Lois Ann Goodman, was arrested at a hotel she was staying at in New
York City. She was scheduled to referee at the U.S. Open shortly before being
Originally reported as an accident, authorities claim the
death was suspicious from the start, explaining that the deceased man’s wife
had told them she had come home to find her husband dead in bed and believed he
crawled there after falling down the stairs.
Goodman also told authorities that she had been out all day
refereeing. Information has since surfaced that suggests that Lois and Alan
Goodman had been together at various points throughout the day.
The authorities’ suspicions were confirmed by an autopsy
report that showed Alan Goodman had suffered multiple sharp force wounds to the
head, injuries inconsistent with a fall. Officers also found unusual amounts of
blood in the house as well as a broken coffee mug.
Detectives are claiming they are aware of a motive, but have
yet to disclose that information to the public. They are also talking to
friends and relatives about the alleged murder.
Alan and Lois Goodman had been married for several decades
before his death. They also shared three children. If convicted of the murder
charge, Lois Goodman could face life in prison.