Carolyn Warmus

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'Fatal Attraction' Killer Carolyn Warmus Granted Parole

May 04, 2019 - 12:52 pm

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP/WCBS 880) -- A former New York schoolteacher who was convicted of killing her lover's wife in a sensational case dubbed the Fatal Attraction murder has been granted parole.

Carolyn Warmus will be released from Bedford Hills prison as early as June 10 after a three-member panel of the state Parole Board granted her release. The decision was first reported in the Journal News.

Warmus was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison in 1992 for the murder of Betty Jeanne Solomon.

Prosecutors said she shot Solomon to death in the victim's home in Greenburgh, New York, on Jan. 15, 1989. 

Warmus has maintained her innocence. Defense lawyer Mayer Morganroth said, "We are indeed pleased that release has been granted.''

Morganroth says steps will be taken to rectify the wrong, which he says includes a focus on the witness who said he sold the murder weapon and a silencer to Warmus. Morganroth implied the witness wasn't telling the truth.

There was also the glove found in Solomon's home three years after the murder that helped the prosecution cement its case. But it was never tested for DNA.

"I think we stated many times, we feel the evidence was fabricated, inappropriate," Morganroth said.

Ben Gershman is a law professor at Pace Law School who has followed the case since day one. He says things might be different if the case was tried today.

"There was no evidence, direct evidence that she did it. There was a lot of evidence that sort of separated her from the killing. It was a very close case," he said.

The case was dubbed the Fatal Attraction killing after the 1987 movie.