A woman has been charged with murder in the killing of a Florida woman whose dog was shot and killed in the White House by a White House aide.
The charge against Brittany McAllister was upgraded from murder to voluntary manslaughter after the FBI determined she acted alone.
She was released from jail on $10,000 bail.
She remains in custody on a $5 million bond.
McAllisters death comes less than two weeks after the arrest of the Whitehouse’s former deputy, Jason Stockley, in connection with the killing.
It has also come just weeks after another murder in Florida, the slaying of a state worker by a man who was carrying a firearm and a shotgun.
In the White house shooting, McAllists pet was found dead in a trash can in the garage.
“The FBI has now determined there was no self-defense, and the only way that this could have been prevented was for the shooter to be prevented from obtaining a firearm,” said US Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein in a statement.
The FBI is also investigating whether McAllisses death could be linked to the killing two days earlier of the woman in the South Carolina home of a relative, who had asked to remain anonymous.
A relative of the state worker’s has been arrested in connection to her death.
McAnniss was not injured in the shooting, but her husband and other relatives say they fear the woman is mentally ill.
The incident is not the first time McAllis has been involved in a dispute with her own family.
In October, she and her husband filed a $1 million wrongful death lawsuit against the family of a family member who was killed in a house fire in May.
The lawsuit claimed the family was forced to move out of the home in the dead of night and that McAllist’s ex-husband had forced the family to pay $5,000 to cover funeral expenses.
McAllister worked at the White Houses Secret Service detail and was the wife of White house security chief Jim McAllass.