A 70-year-old tennis umpire accused of bludgeoning to death her 80-year-old husband at their Woodland Hills home in April made her first Southland court appearance Friday, but her arraignment was delayed until Wednesday.
Lois Goodman was arrested Tuesday morning at her hotel in Manhattan, where she was preparing to officiate U.S. Open tennis matches. After landing in Los Angeles last night, she was initially taken to the Los Angeles Police Department's Canoga Park Station before being transferred to the Van Nuys Jail, police said.
Goodman appeared briefly at the Van Nuys Courthouse today. Her arraignment was pushed back to Wednesday, and her attorney, Alison Triessl, asked that a hearing also be held to review her $1 million bail.
"These charges are outrageous, and they are completely unfounded,'' Triessl told reporters outside court. "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.''
Goodman is accused of murdering Alan Frederick Goodman on April 17, bludgeoning him with a coffee mug, police said.
Police called to the couple's home found a blood trail leading to Alan Goodman's body and severe wounds on his head, but officers accepted a theory advanced by his wife that he had fallen down the stairs before crawling into his bed, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Two Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics pronounced Alan Goodman dead and told police about an oddly shaped cut to the right side of his head. After learning of the octogenarian's various ailments and consulting with the coroner's office, though, police determined there was no crime and allowed Lois Goodman to transfer the body to a mortuary without an autopsy, The Times reported, citing an affidavit prepared by an LAPD detective.
It was at Heritage Crematory on April 20 that a coroner's investigator who had been sent to sign the death certificate noted multiple cuts on Alan Goodman's head and ears -- observations that resulted in the launch of a homicide investigation. Court papers reportedly indicate that Lois Goodman may have been in a relationship with another man.