The Charlotte Observer reports that Deidra Lane, wife of former Carolina Panther Fred Lane will be released from prison today after serving 8 years for killing her husband. Lane, now 33, pleaded guilty in 2003 to voluntary manslaughter. Lane claimed to be a battered wife, and shot her husband at close range in their home after he returned from a trip. A summary of what led to the killing is listed below:
In the weeks before the killing, while she was nine months pregnant, Fred Lane rammed her head into a wall, broke open her lip and threw her down a flight of stairs, her lawyers said.
On the day of the killing, Deidra Lane called 911 sobbing and screaming: “He came in and he started choking me and he said this baby's not mine. He started hitting me. He wouldn't leave me alone. I kept telling him to stop.
“I've never been so scared in my life. He just wanted to hurt me and my baby. And I was so scared I just shot again.”
But Mecklenburg Assistant District Attorney Marsha Goodenow said Deidra Lane ambushed her husband, killing him for a $5 million life insurance policy.
Lane will be released to her parents custody, and returning to Columbia, SC to care for her 8 year-old daughter.