Fred Lane's widow arrested on larceny charges

Thursday, September 16th 1999, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) _ Deidra Lane, already charged with murdering her NFL running back husband, has been arrested on bank larceny charges.

She had been free on bail and is now being held in the Mecklenburg County Jail as a federal prisoner, Sheriff Jim Pendergraph said Saturday.

The FBI office in Charlotte had no comment. Deidra Lane's lawyer, Henderson Hill, could not be reached at his home or office.

Pendergraph said the woman was arrested Friday and taken for a hearing before a federal magistrate.

The 25-year-old woman posted bail of $100,000 in late August. Her lawyer said she needed to care for her children.

Deidra Lane has had previous legal brushes with banks. In 1998, the then-Deidra Gary was charged with writing a bad check in Guilford County. She paid an $80 fine and restitution of $77.

In July 1995, she was arrested and charged with attempted robbery after a woman walked up to a teller at the S.C. State Credit Union in Richland County and said, ``I have a gun. Give me all your money.''

Police said the woman left without any cash. She was arrested at her home about three miles from the credit union. Because she had no previous criminal history, prosecutors allowed her to complete a diversion program and did prosecute her.

A hearing was scheduled for Monday, with the prosecution seeking to have Deidra Lane face the death penalty if convicted in her husband's death.

On a recording of her 911 call on July 6, Deidra Lane said her husband choked and hit her and said her baby wasn't his child before she fatally shot him in their southeast Charlotte home.

Prosecutors said Deidra Lane shot her husband to collect on a $5 million life insurance policy. At a bond hearing, they accused Deidra Lane of walking through her husband's blood on the floor, putting the shotgun to the back of his head and firing again.

A prosecutor also said there were questions about what happened to Fred Lane's money because he was earning $600,000 a year but had to borrow from teammates. One friend said Deidra Lane told her husband she was sending money to a financial adviser, but when he contacted the adviser there was no money.

In March, Deidra Lane filed a complaint against Fred Lane, accusing her husband of snatching a necklace from her neck during an argument. She later said her husband ``never put his hands on me.''

Lane played three seasons with the Carolina Panthers before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts in April.