updated 12/20/2007 5:26:54 PM ET 2007-12-20T22:26:54

A neighbor of former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton was arrested Thursday in the slaying of his wife, who he claimed had been shot by a stranger on a dark suburban road.

Carlos Perez-Olivo, a disbarred lawyer who was wounded himself in the Nov. 18, 2006 shooting, was expected in county court later Thursday, said Lucian Chalfen, spokesman for Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Perez-Olivo's lawyer has said his client is innocent.

Peggy Perez-Olivo, 55, was shot in the head as she and her husband were driving from Manhattan toward their home just three doors from the Clintons in Chappaqua.

Carlos Perez-Olivo, 59, was shot in the abdomen. He said the shots were fired by a man who cut off their car on a dark road, then climbed in and shot both of them.

The road would not normally be part of the route home, but Perez-Olivo said he had detoured to find a gas station.

Last month, the Hartford Life Insurance Co. filed a federal lawsuit asking that a judge decide who should get the proceeds of two life insurance policies, totaling $467,000, on Peggy Perez-Olivo. The policies named Carlos Perez-Olivo as beneficiary, and he had submitted a claim.

Perez-Olivo was disbarred last year for refusing to return unearned funds to clients.

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