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Bail Granted in Springer Case

August 1, 2000

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ The wife of a man accused of killing his ex-wife after their love triangle was aired on ``The Jerry Springer Show″ was freed on $25,000 bail Tuesday.

Eleanor Panitz had been held as a witness in the slaying of Nancy Campbell-Panitz. The husband, Ralf Panitz, remained held on a first-degree murder charge.

All three appeared on a Springer episode that was taped in May and broadcast July 24.

Campbell-Panitz thought she was going on the Springer show to reunite with her ex-husband, but Ralf and Eleanor Panitz claimed Campbell-Panitz had been stalking him. Campbell-Panitz eventually walked off the stage to applause shortly after Eleanor Panitz called her ``old″ and ``fat.″

A few hours after the show aired _ and not long after Campbell-Panitz told a judge she feared for her life _ she found beaten to death in her Sarasota home.

Ralf and Eleanor Panitz surrendered to authorities Friday.

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