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Judge Releases Walter Reed Pharmacist Accused of Killing Husband

Diana Lalchan sobbed in court during a Wednesday hearing, The Washington Post reports.

A Walter Reed Bethesda pharmacist accused of killing her husband was ordered released from jail Wednesday because a judge ruled there may be enough evidence to support her claim of self-defense, The Washington Post reports.

Diana Lalchan, 27, sobbed as she entered a Washington, DC, courtroom Wednesday and sat with her head in her hands for most of the hearing, according to the report.

Police allege Lalchan shot her husband Chris Lalchan in the back of the head at their Southwest Washington, DC, home last week. An attorney for Diana Lalchan said the woman had been battered by her husband, though she did not report the abuse because he wanted to pursue a political career.

A judge reduced the charges against Lalchan from second-degree murder to voluntary manslaughter and ordered her released to a halfway house, where she will wear a location monitoring device, according to the report.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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