Police: Wife of slain Olympian arrested in Calif.

Authorities say they have arrested the wife of an Olympic

medalist who was gunned down in his Southern California back yard

last summer.

Oxnard police said in a written statement that 52-year-old Jane

Laut was arrested Saturday in connection with the homicide of her

husband, shot putter David Laut, and is being held in Ventura

County Jail on $3 million bail.

David Laut – a bronze medalist at the 1984 Olympics – was shot

several times in the head on Aug. 28. Police at the time said he

was fatally shot after confronting intruders.

Police say investigators working with the District Attorney’s

Office issued an arrest warrant for Jane Laut earlier this


Her attorney Ron Bamieh (BAM’-ee-ay) tells the Ventura County

Star that she wrestled the gun from her husband and shot him in

self-defense after he threatened her and their son.