SoCal wife accused of killing Olympian posts bail

BY foxsports • February 19, 2010

A widow accused of killing her Olympian husband has been released from jail after posting $1 million bail.

The Ventura County sheriff's office says Jane Laut was released early Friday. A judge on Thursday had lowered bail from $3 million to $1 million.

Laut was arrested last weekend and charged with the first-degree murder of Dave Laut, who won an Olympic bronze medal in the shot put in 1984. She could face life in prison if convicted.

Jane Laut is accused of killing her husband in August after she initially told investigators that he was gunned down when he went to check noises. Her attorney, Ron Bamieh, said his client acted in self-defense after abuse for much of their 29-year marriage.

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