• Best Practices New Normal
  • Digital Dentistry
  • Data Security
  • Implants
  • Catapult Education
  • COVID-19
  • Digital Imaging
  • Laser Dentistry
  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Periodontics
  • Oral Care
  • Evaluating Dental Materials
  • Cement and Adhesives
  • Equipment & Supplies
  • Ergonomics
  • Products
  • Dentures
  • Infection Control
  • Orthodontics
  • Technology
  • Techniques
  • Materials
  • Emerging Research
  • Pediatric Dentistry
  • Endodontics
  • Oral-Systemic Health

New York Dentist Cleared of 2011 Love Triangle Murder Charge

Article

A high-profile murder case involving a New York dentist ended with an acquittal this week.

Kingston, NY, dentist Gilberto Nunez was found not guilty Tuesday in the November 2011 murder of his lover’s husband.

Linda Kolman found her husband, Thomas, dead in his parked car outside the Planet Fitness gym in Ulster in November 2011.

Nunez’s Nissan Pathfinder was allegedly seen at the plaza shortly before Thomas Kolman’s death.

In October of last year, Nunez, 49, was accused of fatally poisoning Thomas Kolman. Nunez was also charged with two counts of possession of a forged instrument in relation to apparently false claims Nunez made about being part of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Prosecutors suggested Nunez killed Kolman, 44, by giving him a cup of coffee laced with the medical sedative midazolam.

They alleged Nunez hoped to keep Linda Kolman for himself after their 11-month affair.

Jurors, however, were unconvinced. “We just didn’t feel there was enough evidence,” one juror told the Daily Freeman. “…There were too many holes in the chain to knowingly convict for that one charge.”

Nunez was, however, found guilty of the two charges of possession of a forged instrument.

At trial, the defense stressed that Nunez and Kolman were “best friends,” and reminded the jury of Kolman’s heart condition and sleep apnea — potential culprits in his death.

Furthermore, no eyewitnesses had come forward and there was no concrete DNA evidence linking Nunez to Kolman’s death.

Laura Labay, PhD, a forensic toxicologist at NMS Labs, explained Kolman’s toxicology tests showed caffeine in his blood, but she was unable to discern whether the caffeine was ingested, came from coffee, or came from another source.

Labay also testified the midazolam could have been consistent with a therapeutic dosage.

After hearing the verdict, Linda, Kolman’s widow, broke out in tears, yelling, “Sociopath!” “Psychotic!” and “Lying sack of sh-t!”

Nunez will remain free on his original $1 million bail while awaiting sentencing for his forgery convictions. He faces up to seven years in state prison.

Meanwhile, a separate trial is pending for lesser charges of grand larceny, insurance fraud, falsifying business records, perjury, and making false statements in cases unrelated to Kolman’s death.

Related Videos
CDA 2024 Video Interview with Kuraray Noritake's Dinesh Weerasinghe and Richard Young, DDS
Mastermind – Episode 35 – Finding Strength in Our Differences
The Uptime Health Story: An Interview with Uptime Health CEO and Co-Founder Jinesh Patel
Mastermind – Episode 34: Proactive Dentistry, Diagnostics, and Early Detection
2024 Dental Products Report Spring Selection Bracket Reveal Video
Process of Care Workflow and Repairing Early Caries with Guided Enamel Remineralization
Addressing Unmet Needs in Early Childhood Oral Care - an interview with Ashlet Lerman, DDS
Mastermind Episode 33 – Charting the Course for the Future of Dentistry
CDS 2024 Midwinter Meeting – Interview with Debbie Zafiropoulos, who discusses a trio of new infection control products from Armis Biopharma.
Related Content
© 2024 MJH Life Sciences

All rights reserved.