Daughter of Murder Victim Says Defendant Sought Information About Family
Jan. 17, 1991
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) _ A schoolteacher accused of killing her lover's wife was concerned that the wife didn't like her and wanted to know how well the victim got along with her husband, the victim's daughter testified.
Prosecutors say Carolyn Warmus, 27, shot Betty Jeanne Solomon, 40, to death two years ago because she was obsessed with Mrs. Solomon's husband, Paul.
Paul Solomon, also a teacher, and Warmus have acknowledged meeting for drinks and sex the night Mrs. Solomon was killed Jan. 15, 1989. Solomon broke off the relationship after his wife's slaying.
His daughter, Kristan Solomon, 17, testified Wednesday that Warmus pumped her for information about her parents durng a Vermont ski trip the two took in February 1988.
''She said, 'Your mom doesn't like me?,''' adding that she told her that wasn't true.
''I knew my mom didn't like her at all,'' she added. ''But I was taught to be polite.''
The jury sat raptly as Miss Solomon testified for more than an hour. As she spoke, she frequently glanced at Warmus, who often smiled in return.
''She was very interested in my mom not liking her and what my dad was doing,'' she said. ''She'd tell me how wonderful my father was, what a great man he was, what a great teacher.''
Prosecutors say Warmus, the daughter of a wealthy insurance company executive, had become obsessed with Solomon and had told friends she would do anything to get his wife out of the way. The case has been likened to the hit movie ''Fatal Attraction.''
During a brief cross-examination by defense lawyer David Lewis, Miss Solomon said her family often left the front door to their apartment open. Lewis contends someone else shot Mrs. Solomon.