Police complete investigation in Lane case

Wife still could face charges in July 6 death

Pro Football

July 27, 2000|By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE

CHARLOTTE - The shooting death of former Carolina Panther Fred Lane three weeks ago moved one step closer to resolution yesterday, when homicide investigators turned over their findings to prosecutors.

But it was not clear yesterday when authorities would decide whether to file charges against Deidra Lane, who police say shot and killed her husband during a domestic dispute July 6.

"There's a lot of material for the district attorney's office to cover," said Charlotte-Mecklenburg homicide investigator Sgt. Quint McMurray.

He said police presented the case, which includes photographs, interviews and a coroner's report, without offering an opinion on the circumstances surrounding Fred Lane's death.

"We will review it as we do with any case," said Gentry Caudill, a Mecklenburg prosecutor. "But I can't speculate on a time frame."

Fred Lane, 24, was found dead just inside his southeast Mecklenburg home near unpacked luggage. Police said he was shot in the chest and in the head at close range about an hour after arriving from Nashville, Tenn.

Police said Deidra Lane used a shotgun.

Henderson Hill, an attorney for Deidra Lane, 25, was notified of the development Wednesday. He declined comment through his staff.

A source close to the investigation said she had no visible injuries.

Deidra Lane filed a domestic assault complaint against her husband in March, saying he snatched a necklace from her neck and caused her to fall, according to a police report. She later told the Charlotte Observer that her husband "never put his hands on me."

Fred Lane was not charged.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said the March incident was the only domestic violence complaint filed by Deidra Lane had filed.

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