A high-profile referee who officiates at U.S. Open tennis matches was arrested in Midtown Tuesday on suspicion of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee mug in Los Angeles in April, authorities said.
NYPD and LAPD detectives arrested Lois Ann Goodman, 70, at the Sheraton Hotel in Midtown Tuesday afternoon. She was dressed in sneakers and U.S. Open attire, and in a court appearance after her arrest, waived her right for an extradition hearing.
Goodman said she wanted to return to California to fight the murder charge, and plans to return there for a Sept. 4 court date.
Goodman is alleged to have bludgeoned her husband with a coffee mug in their home in the Woodland Hills section of Los Angeles in April, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
Alan Goodman's April 17 death was originally ruled suspicious by police, but investigators could not determine if foul play was involved, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
A full homicide investigation found on Aug. 2 that Goodman was killed when he was assaulted with sharp object, and his wife was the "prime suspect," authorities said.
A murder arrest warrant was obtained last week in Los Angeles, but police found that Lois Ann Goodman was in New York officiating qualifying tennis matches at the U.S. Open Tennis Championship in Flushing.
Goodman will be held in a Manhattan jail until a forthcoming court appearance, the LAPD said. She will then be extradited back to Los Angeles, the department said.
Prosecutors plan to ask for $1 million bail, the L.A. district attorney's office said. Goodman faces life in prison.
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