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The umpire charged with her husband's murder


Five things about tennis umpire Lois Goodman, who was arrested in New York and charged with beating her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee cup.

The 70-year-old is the front-page story of today’s New York Post, under the headline, ‘Break Point’. The LA Times called it an alleged “husband slaying”. 
Goodman is accused of battering her 80-year-old husband Alan to death with the coffee mug at their home in Los Angeles in April. A spokesman for the Los Angeles police department said that Lois had told them her husband had died after falling down the stairs, “but it was a suspicious death from the beginning”. The police found the evidence – the amount of blood; the injuries to his head including ceramic chips in his skull; the broken mug – inconsistent with Goodman’s account. “There was an awful lot of blood. It just didn’t match the fact that he had just fallen down the stairs.”

When Goodman was arrested, she was having breakfast in a New York hotel and preparing to officiate at this week’s qualifying matches at Flushing Meadows. When she was led into a courthouse, she was wearing handcuffs, and also her US Open uniform, including a blue Ralph Lauren sweatshirt.

The New York Times reported that, “according to the fugitive affidavit in New York, Goodman also stabbed her husband with the coffee cup”.

Police believe they have a motive. “But we don’t want to taint anything by releasing that,” said the LAPD. “We know that they were together at several locations during that day and would like to talk to people who saw them.”

Goodman’s legal aide asked the judge at the Criminal Court in Manhattan to speak up – Goodman is hard of hearing.