Carolyn Warmus, now 56, was released from a New York prison on parole two years ago after serving 27 years for murdering her lover’s wife in 1989
Prosecutors in New York are allowing DNA testing of evidence from the 1992 trial of so-called ‘Fatal Attraction’ killer Carolyn Warmus who served 27 years for murdering her lover’s wife.
Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah consented on Monday to the testing of three pieces of evidence used to convict Warmus, now 56, in the killing of Betty Jeanne Solomon.
She was released on parole two years ago after serving more than two decades in prison.
Warmus was having an affair with Betty’s husband, Paul Solomon, when she shot her nine times in the victim’s family home in Greenburgh, New York on January 15, 1989.
After shooting her, prosecutors said Warmus went to meet Paul in a hotel bar for cocktails before having sex with him in his car.
Paul found her body, which had also been pistol-whipped, when he got home from his tryst with Warmus.
Warmus’ first trial for Betty’s murder ended in a hung jury in 1991 but she was found guilty of second-degree murder a year later.
Warmus was convicted of shooting Betty Jeanne Solomon nine times in her home in Greenburgh, New York in 1989. Warmus had been having an affair with Betty’s husband Paul Solomon. Betty and Paul Solomon are pictured above
Warmus’ first trial for over Betty’s murder ended in a hung jury in 1991 but she was found guilty of second-degree murder a year later. Warmus is pictured above in 1991 during her trial
EVIDENCE CAROLYN WARMUS WANTS TESTED:
A glove found at the Solomons’ home at the time of the killing.
Her lawyers argue testing of the glove could prove that someone other than Warmus was present when Betty was killed.
Semen recovered from the inside victim’s body.
Blood found in a tote bag belonging to the victim’s husband.
Warmus, the daughter of a millionaire insurance executive, has always maintained her innocence and claims she was set up by Paul.
In an interview from behind bars, Warmus said: ‘I’m in prison for 25 years to life because I dated a married man.’
She has been trying to have the three pieces of evidence tested to determine if they can exonerate her by pointing to another suspect.
A judge had denied the request last year before prosecutors on Monday consented to the testing.
The new development in the case was first reported in the Journal News.
The evidence includes a glove found at the Solomons’ home that was a key piece of evidence in the second trial.
Prosecutors said Warmus left the glove there at the time of the killing.
Her lawyers have argued that testing of the glove could prove that someone other than Warmus was present when Betty was killed.
The other evidence is semen recovered from the victim and blood found in a tote bag belonging to Paul.
Betty’s murder attracted widespread media attention and was dubbed the Fatal Attraction killing after the 1987 movie starring Glenn Close and Michael Douglas.
After shooting her nine times, prosecutors said Warmus went to meet Paul Solomon (pictured above in 1992) in a hotel bar for cocktails before having sex with him in his car. Paul found his wife’s pistol-whipped body when he returned home from his tryst with Warmus
Warmus was having an affair with Betty’s husband, Paul Solomon, when she shot her nine times in the victim’s family home (pictured above) in Greenburgh, New York on January 15, 1989
During her trial, prosecutors detailed how Warmus began having an affair with Paul when she was 23 years old.
They began the affair when both were working as teachers at a school in Scarsdale and it continued for 18 months.
Paul was said to have promised Warmus that he would leave his wife when the teenage daughter he shared with Betty graduated high school.
Prosecutors argued that Warmus killed Betty to get her out of the way.
Police initially suspected that Paul had killed his wife but they never charged him.
Warmus wasn’t considered a suspect until a year after the murder when she followed Paul and his new girlfriend to Puerto Rico.
He told police that she was stalking him and had followed him to the island uninvited.
Warmus, however, insisted that he had invited her there.
She was arrested 13 months after the murder when police discovered she had bought a gun from a private detective, Vincent Parco, days before the shooting.
Warmus claims he and Parco worked together to put her behind bars.