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Lois Ann Goodman, US Open Referee, Murdered Husband with Coffee Mug: Cops

By Andrew Lu on August 22, 2012 10:49 AM

Lois Ann Goodman was arrested at a Manhattan hotel for allegedly killing her husband.

The 70-year-old U.S. Open tennis referee is accused of bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee mug at their home in California, reports The New York Times.

While the tennis referee was quietly apprehended by police at her hotel, police indicate they were prepared to arrest her at the tennis tournament if necessary.

In April, Lois Ann Goodman's husband died under suspicious circumstances at their home in Woodland Hills, Calif. Goodman initially told investigators that her husband died after falling down the stairs. However, police say that the amount of blood found in the couple's bedroom, the stairway, and throughout the house was inconsistent with someone dying from falling down the stairs, reports the Times.

Instead, police believe that Goodman smashed a coffee mug over her husband's head, and then stabbed him with shards from the mug, reports the Times. Last week, police declared the death a homicide and issued a warrant for Goodman's arrest.

At her initial hearing, Goodman's attorney reportedly advised her not to waive her right to fight extradition to California, according to the Times. However, Goodman did waive her rights and will be sent back to California so she can confer with her attorneys there.

Generally, when someone is arrested for a crime committed in another state, the state seeking the suspected criminal will request that the suspect be extradited or returned to that state. The suspect will usually have a chance to fight the extradition by arguing the extradition process was improperly followed, or by arguing mistaken identity. In an extradition hearing, the court will typically not hear the underlying merits or charges of the case.

Lois Ann Goodman probably did not have much of an argument to fight the extradition. Still, the U.S. Open tennis referee's willingness to be extradited should not be mistaken for culpability for her husband's alleged murder.

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