Updated at noon: Updated to include notes from the LA County District Attorney's Office
Professional tennis referee Lois Ann Goodman, 70, of Woodland Hills was arrested Tuesday morning on the suspicion of murdering her 80-year-old husband at a Woodland Hills residence in April, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Officers originally ruled Alan Frederick Goodman's death as suspicious because they couldn't determine if foul play was involved, LAPD said. An article in the Los Angeles Times Tuesday reported police initially considered the death was the result of an accidental fall down some stairs at the home, located on the 20000 block of Oxnard Street.
After 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.
According to Jane Robison, press secretary for the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, Goodman allegedly bludgeoned her husband to death with a coffee mug.
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.
On Tuesday morning, LAPD homicide detectives, with the assistance of the New York City Police Department, arrested Goodman. The Times article reported officials arrested her while she was having breakfast.
Goodman will be lodged at a Manhattan jail until her court appearance, after which her extradition back to Los Angeles will be pending, the LAPD said. Prosecutors will ask that her bail be set at $1 million and, if convicted, Goodman faces up to life in state prison, Robison said.