May 3, 2010, was the day the law took Carol Lane's husband away.
Around 9:30 p.m., a SWAT team with emergency medical technicians on standby came to the Lanes' rented mobile home in Pell City, Ala., to arrest Kareem Lane for murder.
All the neighbors saw it, and if they missed it in person, they saw it on the news.
In the years that followed, Carol and Kareem Lane lost all but hope and the support of loyal friends.
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"It pretty much turned our entire lives upside down," Carol Lane, now 34, said Wednesday after the murder case against her husband ended in a mistrial.
"We lost our home. We had to give away all of our furniture. Losing an additional income put a lot of strain on me: I had to get rid of his car. And just the things that were presented in the media destroyed his reputation, his character, until more information came out."
She moved in with a coworker, who, with others, kept faith with the Lane family: "We had a lot of people that no matter what stood beside us, and knew that there had to be more to the case than was meeting the eye."
But investigators' claiming her husband's DNA matched cells found on the murder weapon persuaded others he must be guilty, she said, though at trial that testing proved to be inconclusive.
"I just remember within the first few days, getting calls from people saying, 'Well, you've got a DNA match; how can you possibly refute that?'" she recalled.
"Friends have said, 'Of course they wouldn't have arrested him if they didn't have a good reason.' I could just say the true friends stood beside us, regardless of what the media presented or was given to the media. To this day, we've had friends just come in every day, sitting beside us, and all of us are really mourning the fact that we could not take him home with an acquittal today."
She once started counting the days until they would be reunited, but as the number mounted, she decided counting down, not up, would be better.
"Somewhere when it reached about 800, I said, 'OK, I'm just going to start counting in reverse until the actual day that we have the trial,'" she recalled.
The trial would not take long, she and her husband thought: "We actually confidentially went in thinking the prosecution has no case, and this is just going to take a few hours."
Her spouse felt an acquittal would dispel the suspicion that had dogged him since Columbus police pulled him over the morning Jim Burns died and detained him for questioning, she said: "He just really felt that finally, this shadow would stop following him, and that he could come home and start over."
Now 37, Kareem Lane still faces an uncertain future. A mistrial is not an acquittal, and he could be tried again.
"I hate for any of us to have to go through this again," said Carol Lane. "I definitely hate it for my husband to go through this again, but I can truly say I admire his strength, because he's known all along he had the truth on his side, and he would do whatever he needed to do to completely clear his name."
She understands the Burns' family has its own ordeal to endure, she said.
"They've had to live through this for all these years and have no true closure. Hearing Mrs. Burns' testimony was heartbreaking, so for them this is a true tragedy as well. But I would rather they have the right person so that they can have closure, than to have Kareem Lane accused of a crime that he did not commit."
She hopes her husband can rebuild his life, and reclaim his job at an Alabama auto parts manufacturer:
"We've had several coworkers still contacting us. We've had various people in higher positions with the company who have stayed on top of the case and been very supportive. He was a good worker. He was faithful to come into work. I don't see why it would be a problem to reclaim his job."
Right now, she just wants authorities to let her husband go, she said. She would feel better, "if we could get him home in some capacity, even if we have to go through this again, just to free him from being in jail."
Lane long was held under a $750,000 bond his family could not afford.
His attorney, Stacey Jackson, believes that under the present circumstances, he should be released on his own recognizance, with a leg monitor to track his movements.