BEDFORD HILLS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Westchester woman who was convicted of murdering her lover’s wife, may be getting out of jail after serving a quarter of a century behind bars.
But has she been serving time for a crime she didn’t commit?
“I’m in prison for 25 years to life because I dated a married man,” Carolyn Warmus told CBS2’s Mary Calvi in an exclusive interview.
A media circus surrounded the Warmus case. Initially her lover Paul Solomon was the prime suspect in the shooting of his wife Betty Jeanne in Scarsdale.
His multiple affairs, a questionable life insurance policy, and a lucrative movie contract brought him under scrutiny.
There were also questions about a call for help that his wife made before dying.
“The caller shouted ‘he’s killing’ as opposed to ‘she’s killing me,” attorney Ben Gershman said.
Then, the tables turned.
“The whole thing was so surreal for me,” Warmus recalled.
Her second trial landed her in Bedford Hills — a maximum security prison.
If the trial was held today, Warmus said there would be a different outcome.
“First of all I don’t even know if there would have been an indictment because there are so many more scientific advances,” she said.
“Carolyn Warmus was never afforded a presumption of innocence,” Jeffrey Deskovic added.
At the age of 17, Deskovic was convicted of murder by the same district attorney’s office. After DNA tests were done, Deskovic was freed and later awarded $40-million, after it came to light that the medical examiner skewed testimony in favor of the prosecution.
The very same medical examiner was used in the Warmus case.
“That by itself to me warrants the case being given further scrutiny,” Deskovic said.
Warmus also wants the evidence in her case re-examined.
“Everything,” she said, “To show one way or the other, let’s do the tests. If it shows I’m guilty, there you go, but I know I’m not guilty.”
A fingerprint that was found at the crime scene was never matched, and semen found on the victim’s body was never tested.
Then there was a bloody glove that suddenly appeared three years after the murder.
Now, new documents obtained by CBS2 show that a judge is refusing to test for DNA.
“The trial is over, she was convicted, you can’t revisit that,” Gershman said.
Gershman a former prosecutor and current law professor said she not only had a motive, she had a past.
“A history of stalking men,” he called it.
And some damning evidence that linked her to the purchase of a gun the day before the murder.
But when asked if she had ever owned or fired a gun, Warmus was steadfast.
“No, absolutely not,” she said.
Warmus insists she was framed.
“There are a lot of red flags here,” Deskovic added.
Warmus contends she deserves a new day in court.
“I just want the truth to come out,” she said.
Warmus wants the truth to come out now, she said, because she’s up for parole in January.
She said she’s also very sick with a brain tumor, and has appealed to Governor Cuomo for clemency so she can clear her name before either being released or dying in jail.