Evidence in 1992 ‘Fatal Attraction’ trial to be DNA tested


New York prosecutors have agreed to DNA testing of evidence that led to the 1992 conviction of so-called “Fatal Attraction” killer Carolyn Warmus.

Warmus was paroled in 2019 after serving 27 years in prison for murdering her lover’s wife, Betty Jeanne Solomon, who was shot nine times in her Greenburgh home in 1989.

Westchester County District Attorney Mimi Rocah consented to the testing Monday, focusing on three pieces of evidence Warmus claims will exonerate her and point to another killer — some semen, blood and a glove from the crime scene.

The victim’s husband, Paul Solomon, and Warmus began an affair while teaching at an Greenville Elementary School in ritzy Scarsdale. Warmus, the daughter of a millionaire insurance executive, was 23 at the time while her lover was 40.

On the night of the killing, the two met at a Yonkers restaurant and had sex in the parking lot before Paul Solomon returned home and found his wife’s body. The murder weapon was never recovered.

The key piece of evidence to be tested is a glove prosecutors had said Warmus left at the Solomons’ house at the time of the killing.

Semen recovered from the victim and blood found in a tote bag belonging to Paul Solomon will also be tested.

A prior district attorney had agreed to test the evidence in 2017, but changed course. A Westchester judge denied Warmus’ request to test the evidence last year, but she appealed that decision.

Paul Solomon (center) talks to a friend after the sentencing trial of Carolyn Warmus at Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York on May 27, 1992.
Paul Solomon (center) talks to a friend after the sentencing of Carolyn Warmus at Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains, New York on May 27, 1992.
AP Photo/Andrew Savulich, File

Rocah, who took office as DA in January, said in a statement she had received the request only six business days before the case was to be heard, “a time frame that is not sufficient for a new administration to undertake a full and fair review of such an important issue.”

But the office decided to make an exception on this specific case because of the prior DA’s initial consent and because a new independent Conviction Review Bureau in the office has just been established, Rocah said.

The case gained widespread media attention and its nickname because of similarities between Warmus and the Glenn Close character from the 1987 film “Fatal Attraction,” who becomes obsessive with her ex-lover and boils his family’s pet bunny on a stove.

WIth Post wires

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