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Jane Laut, 52, was arrested Saturday on suspicion of shooting her Olympic medal winning husband, David Laut.
Last August, Jane Laut told police that her husband was killed by intruders outside of his Oxnard home.
This weekend, however, Jane changed her story after she was arrested on suspicion of shooting her husband and now her attorney claims that she had been a longtime victim of domestic abuse.
Jane Laut was taken into custody Saturday and remains in Ventura County Jail in lieu of $3 million bond, said her attorney, Ron Bamieh. The Ventura County district attorney's office is preparing to charge her with murder and firearms charges this week, said Bill Haney, the lead prosecutor.
David Laut, 52, who won a bronze medal in the shot put at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, was shot multiple times outside his home about midnight Aug. 27.
Jane Laut initially told police that the couple heard noises in the backyard and that her husband was shot and killed when he went to investigate.
After Jane Laut was arrested, however, her lawyer acknowledged that she was, in fact, the shooter. He also said she killed her husband in self-defense during a violent argument in which an intoxicated David Laut threatened to shoot her, their 10-year-old son and their two dogs.
Laut’s attorney claims that Jane first blamed her husband's killing on prowlers because she had been conditioned for years to cover up the true state of their marriage.
Bamieh said his investigators found many friends and relatives of the couple who can corroborate David Laut's excessive drinking, his moodiness and his attempts to isolate his wife from her family.
Domestic abuse can lead many to acts of violence that have been internalized for months and even years. There have been plenty of instances where a spouse or partner has been abused for so long that they finally are fed up and commit violent acts as retribution for their suffering.
Jane Laut claims to be a victim of domestic abuse and her initial cover up of the incident is a common occurrence amongst abuse victims as they are taught to keep their quiet about the abuse they encounter.
If you have been accused of any crime, including murder, and have been a victim of domestic abuse, the experienced Ventura criminal defense attorney team at Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP can help you. We will fight on your behalf to prove that domestic abuse or self-defense led to your violent crime and we can help reduce your charges or have them completely dismissed. Contact us immediately at 1-877-781-1570 or visit our website at www.keglawyers.com for more information on violent crimes and how we can help you.
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