Paul Cortez

Paul Cortez was convicted of the November 27, 2005 murder of his girlfriend Catherine Woods who was found stabbed to death in her Upper East Side Manhattan apartment.

The only forensic evidence to connect him to the crime was a fingerprint which the defense claims was pre-existing.

Suppressed phone records support his claim that he was elsewhere when Woods was murdered.

Other suspects were ignored, and forensic evidence was not analysed. In particular there was another suspect coincidentally named ‘Paul’ who had been stalking Catherine Woods, and David Haughn who was living with Woods had motive and opportunity, and told several lies.

For more details, please refer to the case overview at

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