A 70-year-old woman who works as a referee on the professional tennis circuit was arrested today in New York City on suspicion of killing her husband earlier this year in Woodland Hills.
Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives, assisted by New York Police Department officers, served an arrest warrant on Lois Goodman, who was in New York City officiating U.S. Open tennis matches, according to the LAPD and District Attorney’s Office.
Goodman allegedly killed Alan Frederick Goodman, 80, who was found dead April 17 at his home in the 2000 block of Oxnard Street in Woodland Hills, police said.
Prosecutors said the man was bludgeoned to death with a coffee mug.
Prosecutors filed the felony arrest warrant charging Goodman with murder on Aug. 14, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Goodman was being held at a Manhattan jail, awaiting a court appearance, pending extradition to Los Angeles, police said.
According to the LAPD, officers were called to the Woodland Hills residence after Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced him dead.
“Officers conducting the preliminary death investigation ruled Goodman’s circumstances as suspicious, because they couldn’t determine if foul play was involved,” according to the LAPD.
Police said detectives concluded on Aug. 2 “that (Alan) Goodman was murdered at his home, and his 70-year-old wife, Lois Goodman, was the prime suspect.”
Prosecutors plan to ask that Goodman’s bail be set at $1 million.
She faces up to life in prison if convicted, according to the District Attorney’s Office.