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Clinton neighbor is convicted

October 05, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

A disbarred attorney who lived three doors down from Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton in suburban New York was convicted Saturday of murdering his wife in what prosecutors said was an attempt to collect his wife's life insurance, which totaled nearly $900,000. A Westchester County jury found Carlos Perez-Olivo guilty of second-degree murder. He could get life in prison.

Prosecutors said Perez-Olivo shot his wife, Peggy, in the back of the head as she dozed in their car during a drive to their home in Chappaqua on Nov. 18, 2006. Perez-Olivo then gave himself a gunshot wound, tossed the weapon into a lake and called 911 claiming that a carjacker had attacked them.

Perez-Olivo's claim of innocence failed to convince the jury, which also convicted him of illegal weapons possession.

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