U.S. Open Referee Arrested for Murdering Husband with Coffee Mug

By Mary Johnson and Irene Plagianos  on August 21, 2012 4:30pm  | Updated on August 21, 2012 8:10pm

Lois Ann Goodman, 70, was arrested in Midtown on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, for allegedly beating her husband to death with a coffee mug.
Lois Ann Goodman, 70, was arrested in Midtown on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, for allegedly beating her husband to death with a coffee mug.
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MANHATTAN — A 70-year-old referee for the U.S. Open tennis tournament was arrested in Midtown on Tuesday for allegedly beating her husband to death with a coffee mug.

Lois Ann Goodman, who is in town from Los Angeles to officiate at the U.S. Open, was apprehended at the Sheraton Hotel, NBC New York reported.

At a Tuesday evening arraignment Goodman was charged with murder and with being a fugitive from justice. Goodman waived her right to fight extradition to California.

She requested through her attorney that she be allowed to return to her home state as soon as possible — even though California uses the death penalty.

"She wants to as quickly as possible go back to California and fight this case," Goodman's attorney Allen Farbman said. "She does not want to stay here and, probably, languish in jail."

Goodman uttered "yes" quietly when asked if she was waiving her right to an extradition hearing.

Goodman allegedly murdered her husband "with a coffee cup by striking him about the head and stabbing him in the head," according to the criminal complaint filed with the Manhattan district attorney's office.

Manhattan Criminal Court judge Erika Edwards set Sept. 4 for Goodman's next appearance, after which she'll be taken back to California. But Edwards said that date could be switched to an earlier date.

Goodman is being held without bail.

Police have been investigating the death of Goodman’s 80-year-old husband, Alan, since April 17.

Then last week, police in Los Angeles obtained a warrant for Goodman’s arrest, but Goodman was already in New York for the annual tennis tournament.

Prosecutors with the Los Angeles district attorney’s office reportedly plan to request $1 million in bail.

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