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The US Open has had its share of oddities and controversies over the years, but nothing like the events of last week that saw long-time umpire Lois Goodman arrested in the death of her 80-year-old husband.

Goodman, 70, was picked up by New York police a week ago as she prepared to serve as a line judge for the qualifying matches of the year's final major.

In April, Goodman called Los Angeles police to say she found her husband lying dead in their bed, telling them she believed he had fallen down the stairs, had a heart attack and then climbed the stairs back to the bed.

From the get-go, things looked suspicious as police found blood where it shouldn't be and that her husband's body had "multiple sharp force injuries around his head."

A broken coffee mug found at the scene is believed to be Goodman's murder weapon.

In the days since Goodman's arrest, details have emerged that the septegenarian was communicating on the Internet with another man, with one email in particular referenced by Los Angeles police containing the phrases "terminating a relationship" and having "alternative sleeping arrangements".

Goodman is currently in jail on Riker Island in New York, and is expected to appear in court in Los Angeles this week.
Goodman began umpiring on a professional basis in 1979.

She and her husband had three daughters and owned an automotive parts business in Southern California.

Despite the evidence against her, Goodman has supporters in her corner, namely USTA director of adult and senior tennis Annette Buck, who told the New York Times,  "I've worked with her for years and I don't believe any of this."