It only took 15 months, but the county finally patched the cracked, dented plaster staircase wall in the Westchester County Courthouse that was damaged in October 2008 by the angry son of convicted murderer Carlos Perez-Olivo.
Merced Perez-Hall, who had been his father’s most ardent supporter, punched the wall several times, screaming expletives the entire time, after learning his father was convicted of fatally shooting Peggy Hall Perez-Olivo — Merced’s mother and Carlos’ wife. I remember standing less than 10 feet away, watching him wail on that wall, afraid to move lest he take out his anger on me. The fist-sized hole remained there until this past Friday, when it was plastered over.
Another footnote from the case … Carlos Perez-Olivo has been diagnosed with cancer. That bit of news came out during an interview he gave for “On the Case with Paula Zahn,” a true crime show on the cable TV channel Investigation Discovery. He said the diagnosis didn’t bother him because he was “half-dead anyway.” He still insists he is innocent of his wife’s death and that she was killed and he was wounded in an ambush.
The case continues to get national attention — including a Dateline NBC special last year — because the Perez-Olivos had lived on the same street in Chappaqua as Bill and Hillary Clinton.