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Woman who had af­fair with den­tist Nunez ap­pears Fri­day night on NBC’s ‘Date­line’

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KINGSTON >> Linda Kol­man, the woman at the cen­ter of the love tri­an­gle that led to the mur­der trial of Gil­berto Nunez, tells all in a two-hour “Date­line” spe­cial this week.

In her first in­ter­view since the death of her hus­band, Thomas, Kol­man will di­vulge in­ti­mate de­tails about her af­fair with Kingston den­tist Nunez and talk about liv­ing with the guilt she said came from be­liev­ing her ac­tions might have led to her hus­band’s death.

The “Date­line” episode, called “The Good Hus­band,” is to air at 9 p.m. Fri­day on NBC.

“It’s one of the most fas­ci­nat­ing ‘Date­lines’ I’ve ever done be­cause of Linda Kol­man, be­cause of how open and hon­est she was,” said “Date­line” correspondent Andrea Can­ning. “Noth­ing was off lim­its. She gets pretty pri­vate.”

Can­ning, who spent hours with Kol­man, said Kol­man talked about what prompted her to stray from a sta­ble rela-

tion­ship with a good and loyal hus­band into the arms of an­other man.

And she talked about bal­anc­ing the two re­la­tion­ships, her hus­band’s seem­ing ac­cep­tance of her af­fair and the re­gret she lives with every day, Can­ning said.

“She says she lives with that mis­take every day,” the correspondent said. “She is the griev­ing widow, but she also feels she is in this po­si­tion be­cause of some­thing she did.”

Thomas Kol­man, 44, of Sauger­ties, was found dead in his car on Nov. 29, 2011, in the park­ing lot out­side the Planet Fit­ness gym at Dena Marie Plaza in the town of Ul­ster.

Nearly four years later, in Oc­to­ber 2015, Nunez, a Pough­keep­sie res­i­dent with a den­tal prac­tice on Wash­ing­ton Av­enue in Kingston, was charged with sec­ond-de­gree mur­der for Kol­man’s death.

Au­thor­i­ties al­leged Nunez poi­soned Kol­man

Can­ning said the two-hour “Date­line” episode will walk view­ers through the mar­riage of Thomas and Linda Kol­man, the af­fair be­tween Mrs. Kol­man and Nunez, Thomas Kol­man’s death, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the mur­der trial.

with the med­i­cal seda­tive mi­da­zo­lam so the den­tist could have Linda Kol­man to him­self. Nunez’s de­fense team said Nunez and Thomas Kol­man were best friends and that the den­tist had noth­ing to do with the man’s death.

Nunez was ac­quit­ted of mur­der on June 14 by an Ul­ster County Court jury that de­lib­er­ated for only six hours. Ju­rors in­ter­viewed after­ward said there sim­ply was not enough ev­i­dence to con­vict him.

Nunez ap­peared on CBS’ “48 Hours” in mid-Septem­ber, declar­ing his in­no­cence in Kol­man’s death and sug­gest­ing po­lice might have tried to frame him by delet­ing dozens of text mes­sages be­tween the two men.

De­spite the mur­der ac­quit­tal, Linda Kol­man re­mains con­vinced of Nunez’s guilt, Can­ning said.

“Linda feels Gil­berto Nunez has ru­ined many lives be­cause, in her words, ‘of his ac­tions,’” she said.

Can­ning said the twohour “Date­line” episode will walk view­ers through the mar­riage of Thomas and Linda Kol­man, the af­fair be­tween Mrs. Kol­man and Nunez, Thomas Kol­man’s death, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and the mur­der trial. It also will ex­plore Nunez’s re­cent con­vic­tions for fraud and lar­ceny in con­nec­tion with an in­sur­ance claim he filed fol­low­ing a 2014 fire in a Kingston build­ing he owned next to his den­tal of­fice.

In that case, Nunez was con­victed of one count of grand lar­ceny, one count of in­sur­ance fraud and five counts of fal­si­fy­ing busi­ness records, all felonies. At the mur­der trial, though ac­quit­ted of killing Thomas Kol­man, Nunez was con­victed of two felony counts of pos­ses­sion of a forged in­stru­ment for hav­ing a fake CIA iden­ti­fi­ca­tion card on his com­puter and for giv­ing Linda Kol­man a let­ter pur­port­ing to be from a CIA agent.

Nunez, who is free on bail, is to stand trial for a third time later this month on charges of per­jury, of­fer­ing a false in­stru­ment for fil­ing and mak­ing an ap­par­ently false sworn state­ment in con­nec­tion to al­legedly fil­ing false in­for­ma­tion while ap­ply­ing for a pis­tol per­mit. Jury se­lec­tion in that case is sched­uled for Nov. 14.

He will be sentenced for all of his con­vic­tions af­ter the third trial con­cludes.

PHOTO PRO­VIDED BY ‘DATE­LINE’

Linda Kol­man is shown dur­ing her “Date­line” in­ter­view, which is to air Fri­day night on NBC.

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