NEW YORK (AP) — A professional tennis referee accused of beating her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee mug was headed toward Los Angeles on Thursday to face a murder charge after her New York arrest.
Lois Goodman said nothing and looked expressionless as Los Angeles Police Department detectives escorted her from a Manhattan court, still wearing her navy-blue uniform warm-up suit for the U.S. Open. She’d been arrested while in town to work as a line judge at the tournament.
Alan Goodman died April 17 at the couple’s condominium in the Woodland Hills neighborhood. His wife told police he apparently had an accident while she was officiating at a tennis match, but police said this week they considered the death suspicious from the start.
The husband’s head injuries and the amount of blood at the scene didn’t square with his wife’s suggestion that he’d fallen down some stairs, and police noticed a broken mug, authorities said. An arrest warrant was filed Aug. 14.
Lois Goodman was being flown to Los Angeles on Thursday and was expected to be arraigned there Monday. The 70-year-old had agreed after her arrest Tuesday not to fight extradition to California.
“She’s anxious to defend herself” in California, said her New York lawyer, Guy Oksenhendler.
He questioned authorities’ decision to have her arrested in New York, suggesting it was a tactic to get headlines on two coasts.
“My concern is that their actions may prejudice her defense in California,” he said.
The LAPD has said Goodman was poised to be in New York for several weeks and police wanted to move swiftly to arrest a murder suspect.
The Goodmans had owned an auto parts business since the early 1960s and had three daughters, according to a 1994 Los Angeles Times profile that explored Lois Goodman’s experiences refereeing matches involving some of tennis’ biggest stars. She began officiating in 1979.
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