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Lane's Wife Could Face Death Penalty in Shooting Death

August 26, 2000|From Times Wire Services

Fred Lane's estranged wife killed him with two shotgun blasts to collect on a $5 million insurance policy taken out on him earlier this year, a prosecutor said Friday.

Deidra Lane "laid in wait to kill him" upon his return home July 6 from Nashville, where he had been staying with relatives, assistant district attorney Gentry Caudill said at a bond hearing in Charlotte, N.C.

The 24-year-old Indianapolis Colt running back was shot in the chest and head as he walked in the front door.

Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Richard Boner ruled the 25-year-old Lane could be released on $100,000 secured bond. She left the jail less than three hours later without speaking to reporters.

Caudill said prosecutors had not decided on whether to pursue the death penalty, but told the judge Lane's premeditation could qualify as a capital offense.


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