Woman Guilty of Killing Lover's Wife in 'Fatal Attraction' Case

From Associated Press

A millionaire's daughter was convicted Wednesday of killing her lover's wife in a case that juxtaposed sex, violence and suburban affluence and was likened to the thriller movie "Fatal Attraction."

Carolyn Warmus, a 28-year-old former teacher whose first trial last year ended in a hung jury, stared straight ahead and displayed no emotion as the verdict was read.

The prosecutor, who called Warmus an obsessed "bad side of a love triangle," said she shot Betty Jeanne Solomon nine times at the couple's Greenburgh apartment on Jan. 15, 1989.

The key prosecution witness was Vincent Parco, a private investigator who testified that in early 1989 he sold Warmus a gun equipped with a silencer that he had paid a machinist to make.

The victim's husband, Paul Solomon, testified that Warmus met him later that evening at a nearby motel, where talk and drinks led to sex in her car. He said he returned home to find his wife's body.

Warmus' lawyer argued that she could have been framed. Solomon, who met Warmus when both were teaching at a suburban elementary school, was given immunity from prosecution.

Gasps could be heard in the packed Westchester County courtroom as Warmus was convicted of second-degree murder and felony weapon possession. She was handcuffed and led away.

Warmus, who is be sentenced June 26, faces a maximum possible prison term of 25 years to life. Her lawyer promised to appeal.

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