Lois Goodman, 70, was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly beating her 82-year-old husband to death with a coffee mug. The murder is believed to have occurred on April 17, but it wasn’t immediately investigated as such because of Goodman’s apparently futile attempts to throw cops off her trail.
When initially questioned about the incident, Goodman told police that she thought he died of a heart attack – something that the authorities doubted because of the large amounts of blood found all over the house.
"She had surmised to us that he must have had a heart attack, fallen down the stairs and then gotten back up into his bed,” LAPD Lt. Dave Storaker told the media (via KTLA).
That story didn’t hold up for long, though.
"She bludgeoned him to death with a coffee mug," said Jane Robison, a district attorney's spokeswoman (via LA Times).
"It was a homicide. He had multiple sharp-force injuries," added Ed Winter, assistant chief of investigations for the Los Angeles County coroner's office.
Goodman is fairly well known in tennis circles, having served as a line judge at the U.S. Open for many years. In fact, she was actually arrested in New York as was preparing for this year’s tournament.
If convicted Goodman could end up spending the rest of her life in jail.