A SON who allegedly bludgeoned his mom to death before plunging naked from a plush New York apartment was a college dropout and “heavily involved” in alcohol and drugs, cops said.
Doug Solomon, 26, was found dead in the courtyard of an Upper East Side condo in Manhattan on July 19.
His mom Diane Gallagher, 65, was found dead in the bedroom with head trauma and cops believe that Solomon may have hit her with a bed lamp.
Doug’s father Charles Solomon, who was a judge for more than three decades, told officers that his son had dropped out of college, NBC New York reports.
Officers said that Doug became heavily involved in alcohol and marijuana.
Charles also told police that he and his son weren’t close.
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And, cops said that he and Diane had discussed their son’s future the night before.
Diane was found with severe blunt trauma to her head and face.
She had a wound on her head and behind her right ear, cops said.
Solomon jumped from the apartment after allegedly killing his mom.
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Witnesses said they heard a “loud thud”, the New York Post reported.
One woman told the outlet that she thought the noise came from an air conditioning unit.
They said: “I looked down and he was right below my window. He was butt naked.”
Police said that witnesses claimed they heard screaming but it’s not known if there was an argument inside the building.
One woman told the Post that she heard yelling but thought it was construction workers.
She said: "I thought it was just people angry with each other."
And a neighbor, who has lived in the complex for 40 years, was left in “absolute shock”.
She told The Sun: "There is grief and sorrow for the judge and his daughter, and the other two people involved.
"It's sad for everyone involved. Everyone has a heavy heart today."
She said: “I didn't know the boy but the parents are just such lovely people. I couldn't even imagine them raising their voice.”
Neighbors have paid tribute to Gallagher following her death.
A woman, known only as Martine, told the Post that she was “a great mother and a great wife”.
The 79-year-old said Gallagher was "bright and articulate".
Charles Solomon presided over Michael Lenahan's trial, who was sentenced to 19 years in jail after being convicted of murder in 2010.
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He also oversaw a 2001 trial that was linked to a nightclub shooting involving the rapper Sean “P Diddy” Combs.
His career as a New York Supreme Court justice spanned over three decades.
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