Lois Ann Goodman, one of the sport’s top professional line judges, was at the centre of a shocking arrest on Tuesday following investigation into the death of her husband in April.
Goodman, who has officiated in matches featuring the world’s top players, was taken into custody on a felony warrant as she was preparing to work on the upcoming US Open tournament. The 70-year-old was officially charged with the brutal murder of her husband, Alan Goodman, at their home in California on 17th April. It has been alleged that she bludgeoned her elderly husband to death with a coffee mug, following discrepancies between her official statement and her husband’s injuries discovered in the post mortem.
When informed of her husband’s death, Goodman told police officers that she was not present during the incident and instead returned home to find him unconscious and unresponsive – “she surmised he had fallen down the steps, had a heart attack and managed to get back upstairs to the bed”, explained LAPD Lt. David Stroaker who also claimed that circumstances surrounding Mr. Goodman’s death were “suspicious from the start”.
An autopsy carried out immediately on Mr. Goodman revealed that “he had multiple sharp force injuries about the head”, injuries that the coroner’s office and the Los Angeles Police Department believe were caused by something other than a fall. Further searches at the couple’s home also revealed further inconsistencies including a lack of blood at the scene, which have all contributed to the District Attorney’s ruling that the death was a homicide.
Goodman, who has agreed to waive an extradition hearing at Manhattan Crown Court to return immediately to Los Angeles to face charges, has declined to comment on her arrest.
She has, however, received support from professional tennis peers including Annette Buck director of adult and senior tennis at the USTA (US Tennis Association). Describing Goodman as a good official to the Los Angeles Times, Buck firmly stated “I’ve worked with her for years and I don’t believe any of this.”
Stroaker has refused to discuss further details about the case but he has alluded to knowing what the motive is, and has put the call out for people who had seen the couple together during the day of April 17th to get in contact with the LAPD.
The Goodmans were married for several decades and had three children together, and if convicted of the murder of her husband Lois Ann could face a life sentence in prison.