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Pro Tennis Ref Busted for Bludgeoning Elderly Husband to Death With Coffee Mug

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The suspicious death of 80-year-old Alan Frederick Goodman of Woodland Hills in mid- April of this year has led to the arrest of his wife, who was busted while having breakfast in New York City Tuesday morning.The Los Angeles Police Department launched an investigation into Goodman's death, having ruled it "suspicious" when they could not immediately determine if foul play was involved, according to the LAPD. Goodman was found dead in the couple's home, after presumably falling down the stairs, notes KTLA.

As a result of their investigation, the LAPD determined Goodman's 70-year-old wife, Lois, was the prime suspect in what they are now calling a murder.

Goodman allegedly bludgeoned her husband to death with a coffee mug, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's office.

An arrest warrant was issued last week for Lois Goodman.

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Lois Goodman has been staying in New York City recently, as she is officiating U.S. Open tennis matches there. She is being held in a Manhattan jail, says the LAPD, and after her court appearance will face extradition back to Los Angeles. Prosecutors will ask that her bail be set at $1 million. If convicted, she faces up to life in state prison, according to the DA.

The Los Angeles Times profiled Goodman in 1994, at which point the "avid tennis fan" had been taking gigs as an umpire for games for about 15 years. Here's what she had to say about getting dirty looks and comments from players and spectators during games:

"You just can't let anything bother you," Goodman said. "And you can't take anything personally. If you do, you're in big trouble."