A professional tennis referee who had been due to work at the US Open has pleaded not guilty to bludgeoning her husband to death with a coffee cup.
Lois Goodman, 70, is accused of killing Alan Goodman, 80, in April.
She was arrested at a Manhattan hotel last week, when she was preparing for the grand slam tournament.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge set bail at $500,000 and adjourned the case to October, when it will be decided whether there is enough evidence to go to trial.
Goodman had told investigators her husband died when he fell down stairs in their suburban Los Angeles home.
But police said they found blood in the bedroom, stairway and other places in the house.
They said there were no signs of forced entry, prompting them to declare the death a homicide and issue an arrest warrant for Goodman.
AFPTags: murder-and-manslaughter, tennis, united-states First posted August 30, 2012 07:57:32