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Diana Lalchan, D.C. pharmacist accused of killing husband, released from jail after charges reduced, report says

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(CBS) WASHINGTON - Diana Lalchan, a pharmacist at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center charged with killing her husband at their District of Columbia home, was ordered to be released from jail by a judge Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

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According to the paper, a D.C. Superior court judge found enough evidence to support the possibility that the 27-year-old Lalchan killed her 36-year-old husband, Christopher Lalchan, on March 28, 2013 in self-defense.

D.C. police said last Friday that Lalchan had been charged with second-degree murder and was being held without bond. Now the charge has been reduced to voluntary manslaughter and a judge released her into a halfway house and placed her on GPS monitoring until her trial, the paper says.

Police say Lalchan called 911 just after midnight last Thursday to report that she had shot her husband. Police say Lalchan told detectives that she picked up a pistol from the television stand and shot her husband after a series of arguments that she said made her feel unsafe, CBS DC reports.

Lalchan's attorney, Arthur Ago, says his client was abused throughout her four year marriage to Christopher Lalchan, but charges were never filed, the paper reports.

Prosecutors claim that Christopher Lalchan was shot in the back of the head and that evidence shows Diana was walking toward him as she fired, the paper says. The judge reportedly said he wanted more information regarding where the victim suffered a gunshot wound.

According to the paper, the case was sent to a grand jury and jurors can decide to indict Lalchan on additional charges based on evidence. A follow-up hearing is scheduled for May 10.

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