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Indictments for Lane, friend

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Latest: Monday October 02, 2000 06:24 PM

  Deidra Lane Friends of Deidra and Fred Lane have speculated that financial issues contributed to their marital problems. AP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The widow of NFL running back Fred Lane, charged with shooting him to death, was indicted Monday on charges she and a friend conspired to steal money from a bank.

Deidre Lane and Natosha Watson, a teller at a Wachovia Bank branch in Charlotte, hatched a scheme to make a July 1, 1998, theft look like a bank robbery, according to the federal indictment.

The indictment says Watson took money from the bank, gave it to Lane and didn't activate a silent alarm as Lane left the bank. It was not specified how much was taken.

In a separate indictment Monday, Lane's brother, John Brandon Gary, was charged in five bank robberies in the Charlotte area between August 1999 and June this year.

In a hearing last week, FBI agent David Drew testified that several people -- including two of Fred Lane's former teammates -- identified Deidre Lane in security photos taken during the purported bank robbery.

Panthers players William Floyd and Muhsin Muhammad also told agents that Fred Lane had confided in them before his death that his wife might have been involved in a bank larceny case, the agent said.

Deidre Lane faces a murder charge in her husband's slaying in July. The former Carolina Panther had just returned home from visiting relatives in Tennessee after training with his new team, the Indianapolis Colts, when he was shot to death in the door of his Charlotte home.

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