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Imprisoned wife of slain NFL player released

Posted March 2, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— The widow of slain former Carolina Panthers running back Fred Lane has been released from prison after serving nearly six years for his death.

Deidra Nichole Lane walked out of the North Carolina Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh just before 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. She made no comment as she left.

Deidra Lane Slain athlete's wife out of jail

The 33-year-old was convicted of manslaughter in 2003, three years after her estranged husband was found fatally shot in his Mecklenburg County home.

Prosecutors at her trial described Deidra Lane as an abusive woman who killed her husband for a $5 million insurance policy.

Defense attorneys described her as a battered wife who was beaten while she was pregnant and who killed her husband in self-defense.

Fred Lane, 24, played with the Carolina Panthers from 1997 to 2000 and was the team's all-time leading rusher at the time.

He had been traded to the Indianapolis Colts before his death.

Lane is on probation for nine months and is expected to live with her parents in Columbia, S.C.


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  • ctechic2004 Mar 3, 2009

    If you're female and a minority you really can get away with murder.

    That is such bull....

  • AtALost Mar 3, 2009

    If I remember correctly, they were not living together when she killed him. 6 years for a life and she probably still has access to his wealth thru the kids. Not my idea of justice.

  • vjayd Mar 3, 2009

    All of this to say that Chris Brown should run as far from Rhianna as possible. He should think about the fact that another human being could evoke that level of rage. Not saying he shouldn't get some serious therapy, but I'm just saying he should want to stay far far from her.

  • john283594 Mar 3, 2009

    Fred Lane was a good man who didn't deserve this...

  • Crayzee1 Mar 3, 2009

    If she could have been convicted of a higher offense, why fo DA's let them plea? Especially in cases of death.

  • ncouterbanks69 Mar 3, 2009

    Rev RB.........yes it should

  • HappyGirl08 Mar 3, 2009

    Well, I don't know what will happen w/the $. If someone had some sense, hopefully it was put into trust for the children w/a non-relative trustee. That way none of the family can get their hands on it and it will actually be there for the kids when they are older.

  • Adelinthe Mar 3, 2009

    Can anyone help me understand why someone who has killed another is ever parolled???

    I just don't understand, never have.

    Should it not be a life for a life???

    God bless.


  • hjandrj Mar 3, 2009

    She was sentenced to the minimum four months on the bank charge and fined $41,200.

  • jessicasworld Mar 3, 2009

    Does she not have to serve any time for the robberies at all?