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Wife accused of killing Olympian out on bail

Jane Laut, 52, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of her husband Dave Laut, a shot-putter who won a bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics.

February 19, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
An Oxnard woman accused of killing her Olympian husband has been released from jail after posting $1 million dollar bail.Jane Laut, 53, was released Friday, February 19, after the judge lowered her bail from $3 million to $1 million.

Laut is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Dave Laut.

Laut won a bronze medal in the shot put in the 1984 Olympics.

Jane Laut is accused of shooting to death her husband in August of 2009.

Prosecutors say the wife originally told authorities her husband was gunned down when he went to check noises.

Attorneys for Jane Laut say she's the victim of years of domestic abuse.

They say her husband was heavily intoxicated the night of his death, and the shooting was self defense.

City News Service and the Associated Press contributed to this report.