Accused Clinton Neighbor Denies Any Role in Wife's Death

A disbarred lawyer who lives three doors from Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton says he's being "abused for publicity's sake" after being charged with murdering his wife.

In a jailhouse interview with The Journal News, Carlos Perez-Olivo insisted he's innocent.

Perez-Olivo, who lives in Chappaqua, was arrested Thursday in what a prosecutor called a chilling "execution" of his wife, Peggy, on Nov. 18. Perez-Olivo also was shot, in the abdomen.

Perez-Olivo says he and his wife were attacked by a stranger who forced their sport utility vehicle off the road in suburban Westchester County. He has suggested a disgruntled client orchestrated the assault.

Prosecutors say Perez-Olivo, 59, shot his wife in the head after pulling over on the dark road. They have declined to disclose a possible motive.

Perez-Olivo has tried to collect on his 55-year-old wife's life insurance policy, but insurers held back because he was under suspicion.

"I am outraged, I am hurt. I feel I've been abused for publicity's sake," Perez-Olivo told The Journal News in a story published Tuesday.

Telephones rang unanswered early Tuesday at the Westchester County District Attorney's office.

Perez-Olivo told the newspaper in Monday's interview at the Westchester County jail that he did not know the policy was worth more than $800,000 until after his wife's death, and that the amount was "not much money" to him.

"She was worth more to me than anything in the world," said Perez-Olivo, a father of three. "There's no reason for me to ever harm her."

He is being held on $1 million bail, which he said he was unable to post. He broke into tears when asked about spending Christmas in jail, the newspaper said.