Clinton neighbor admits affair

Carlos Perez-Olivo accused of killing wife
January 3, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
Carlos Perez-Olivo, the neighbor of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton who is accused of murdering his wife, told police he had a 10-year affair with a Georgia woman and sent her flowers two days before his wife was shot. The day of his wife's killing was also the other woman's birthday, the defendant said, according to court papers released Friday.

Perez-Olivo's statements came during an interview with New Castle police in 2006, 11 days after the shooting, the documents indicate.

Perez-Olivo, 59, is accused of killing his wife, Peggy Perez-Olivo, with a pistol shot to the head as they were driving back to Chappaqua from a night out in Manhattan on Nov. 18, 2006. He was shot as well, in the abdomen, and he told police they had been attacked by a man he did not recognize who forced them off the road near Chappaqua.

He has pleaded not guilty and is being held on $1 million bail.

The papers were released after a brief session in Westchester County Court. Perez-Olivo, his hands cuffed behind him, did not speak and no family members were present. The newly released evidence was discussed only in an off-the-record session at the judge's bench.

In the Nov. 29, 2006, interview, Perez-Olivo also told police, "I made a hell of a lot more money than I said on my taxes," according to the papers provided by the district attorney's office. He also "asked detectives to be discreet" about the affair, the papers say.