Arraignment Postponed For Tennis Ref Accused Of Killing Husband With Coffee Mug
VAN NUYS (CBSLA.com) — The professional tennis referee accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee mug made her first court appearance Friday.
Attorneys for 70-year-old Lois Goodman requested the arraignment be postponed until Wednesday.
The Woodland Hills resident was held behind a screen in court still wearing the U.S. Open uniform she was arrested in.Goodman will be charged with one count of murder after allegedly murdering her husband, Alan Goodman, at their Woodland Hills home on April 17.
“It’s alleged that she bludgeoned her husband to death with a coffee mug and that during the bludgeoning, the coffee mug broke and that pieces of the coffee mug were still attached to the handle and she was able to further stab him,” Defense Attorney Allison Triessl said.
Goodman told detectives she thought her husband fell down the stairs while she was at work.
Court documents say the blood throughout the home was found inconsistent with a fall.
“These charges are outrageous and they are completely unfounded. The Los Angeles Police Department should be utterly ashamed of themselves for arresting a 70-year-old woman in New York when she resides in Los Angeles. She had made herself available to them for this four-month investigation,” Prosecutor Lisa Tanner said.
Court documents reveal Goodman allegedly had emails and a handwritten note from another man she was allegedly in an online relationship with. Court documents say she had plans to leave her husband of nearly 50 years.
Her attorney did not comment on the alleged relationship in court Friday.
One of Goodman’s attorneys said their three daughters are standing by her by pitching in to cover legal fees and helping her post bail.
The suspect’s bail is set at $1 million.
Goodman’s attorneys also requested a bail hearing for Wednesday in addition to the official arraignment where she will enter a plea.