Jane Laut, 57, had pleaded not guilty to killing her husband Dave, an Olympic bronze medalist

By Tara Fowler
April 13, 2015 12:30 PM
Ventura County Sheriff's Department/AP

Jane Laut, the wife of slain Olympic athlete Dave Laut, was re-arrested for his murder on Friday in Ventura County, California, just moments after prosecutors threw out the previous case against her.

Jane, 57, had pleaded not guilty to killing Dave, a champion shot-putter and Olympic bronze medalist who died in August 2009 after being shot in the head several times, according to the Associated Press.

His wife was arrested for his murder six months later, though she has since claimed she shot him in self-defense. She initially told police an intruder had gunned down Dave, CBS News reports.

Originally scheduled to start in July 2014, the trial has been delayed multiple times. Prosecutors elected to throw out the case on Friday after the judge denied a motion requesting the trial be continued until June 9.

Deputy District Attorney Rameen Minoui told the court that his witnesses would not be available for trial in the current window. He also accused the defense of withholding discovery.

But attorney Ron Bamieh disputed those claims and pushed for the trial to begin in spite of the deputy D.A.’s “whining.”

Ultimately, Minoui dismissed the case entirely, though he announced plans to refile the charges in due time. “We dismissed today but will be refiling the charges against the defendant for the murder of her husband,” he said, according to CBS News.

Bamieh called the move “unprofessional” and “pretty much unprecedented,” the AP reports.

Jane was taken into custody at Ventura County’s main jail. Her arraignment on new charges is slated for Tuesday.

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