Lois Goodman, 70, who has served as a line judge for several years at tennis' U.S. Open, was arrested in New York on Tuesday in connection with the alleged April 17 beating death of her husband at their Woodland Hills home. Goodman was in New York preparing for this year's U.S. Open, which begins there next week.
She initially told police that her husband, Alan Goodman, 80, had fallen down the steps, had a heart attack and managed to get back upstairs to his bed, but prosecutors said Tuesday that they believe otherwise.
"She bludgeoned him to death with a coffee mug," said Jane Robison, a district attorney's spokeswoman.
"It was a homicide. He had multiple sharp-force injuries," said Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
Lois Goodman was profiled in a Times article in 1994 and described herself as a lifelong tennis fan.
"It's exciting," Goodman said at the time. "This is my favorite sport and I'm out there rubbing shoulders with the best players. There's no real way to describe it."