Court Sets Date for Tennis Pro Murder Trial

The Woodland Hills resident's trial is scheduled for Dec. 7.

A court date to schedule a preliminary hearing has been set for a tennis umpire accused of fatally bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband in August.

Lois Goodman, 70, was arrested Aug. 21 in New York and extradited to California later that week for suspicion of killing her 80-year-old husband by bludgening him to death with a coffee mug at their Woodland Hills residence.

Goodman originally told Los Angeles Police detectives that her husband, Alan Frederick Goodman's death was the result of a fall down some stairs at their Oxnard Street townhouse, a Los Angeles Times article reported at the time.

However, a full homicide investigation in which detectives worked closely with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, officials determined on Aug. 2 that Goodman was murdered at his home and Lois Goodman was the prime suspect, according to the LAPD.

On Aug. 14, detectives presented the case to the LA County District Attorney's Office and filed a murder arrest warrant for Goodman, who was, at the time, officiating U.S. Open tennis matches in New York City.

According to a report by the New York Daily News, the Goodmans were married almost 50 years and raised three daughters together. The Daily News article also said the couple ran an auto parts business before Alan Goodman's death.

Lois Goodman's court date is set for Dec. 7 at the Van Nuys Courthouse.


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