Tuesday, March 4, 2014
HUSBAND CONVICTED IN MONEY-MOTIVATED MURDER OF WIFE
Defendant Tried to Cash-In on $150K Insurance Policy
Atlanta- Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announces the conviction by jury trial in the murder case against a Fairburn man accused of killing his wife for insurance money. Jurors returned guilty verdicts against 67-year-old Paul Mattei Tuesday on charges of Murder, Felony Murder, Aggravated Assault, Insurance Fraud and weapons offenses in connection with the shooting death of Angela Williams.
On June 30, 2011, the badly wounded victim drove herself to a Senoia Road gas station in Fairburn and told a customer pumping gas that the woman had been shot. Emergency crews transported her to Atlanta Medical Center where she died a short time later. She had been shot three times in the chest. The driver’s side window of the victim’s car was shattered. Detectives searching the area discovered shattered glass and drops of blood in the parking lot of an industrial complex a short distance away.
The day after Ms. Williams was murdered, detectives questioned defendant Mattei, the victim’s husband of only two months. Mattei told police he and his wife lived in separate locations and that he had not spoken with her in several days. Mattei said he was told there was an accident involving his wife but oddly never inquired about Ms. Williams’ condition. The investigation revealed on the night of the victim’s death, Defendant Mattei researched information online about obtaining a payment from his insurance company. Approximately six weeks after her murder, Mattei then called the insurer and inquired about filing a claim to collect $150, 000.00. He was arrested a few days later.
Following his conviction, Paul Mattei was sentenced as a recidivist to life plus 20 years consecutively in prison by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Alford Dempsey who presided over the case.
The case was prosecuted by Senior ADA Yolanda Mack with assistance from Deputy District Attorney Sheila Ross and DA Investigator Chuck Martin. Sergeant C. Israel of the Fairburn Police Department led the initial investigation.