News 12 looks back at Lisa Weaver Solomon's murder on its 30th anniversary

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HUNTINGTON STATION -

This weekend marks the 30th anniversary of one of Long Island's most famous murders, one that made national news.

Christmas Eve, 1987 - Matthew Solomon says his wife of only two months, Lisa Weaver Solomon, went out for a walk and never came back. A massive search went on for days.

Five days later, Lisa's body was found stuffed in trash bags on the side of Pulaski Road in Huntington Station, about a mile from where she lived. Her body was found by her cousin Steven Klerk.

Solomon was later arrested after fibers found by Lisa's body matched those from the trunk of his car. In a videotaped confession, he claimed the killing was an accident - that he was trying to calm Lisa down during an argument.

Solomon's trial drew tremendous public attention, so much so that News 12 Long Island covered it live, every day from start to finish - something that had never been done before.
"I just wonder sometimes how I'm still here and how I lived through all this," says Lisa's mother Diane Weaver.

Solomon was found guilty and sentenced to 18 years to life - a sentence far too lenient in the eyes of Lisa's family.

While in prison, the 53-year-old has been married twice. He has a 19-year-old daughter.

Solomon has been eligible for parole seven times since 2005, but has been denied all seven times. The latest was this past October when he told the parole board he's changed. 

He will be eligible for release again in a year and a half. As they've done seven times in the past, Lisa's family will travel to Albany to plead for him to stay behind bars.

"He's a monster, he's a killer and he's where he should be and where he should stay," says Klerk.

Lisa's mom, now 84 years old, continues what has been a daily routine for 30 years - visiting her daughter's gravesite.

"Sometimes I'll light a candle for her, sometimes I'll sit and talk to her, sometimes I'll just bring a flower. She was everything, my heart, my soul, my everything," says Weaver.

News 12 Long Island's Doug Geed has written to Solomon several times asking for an interview or comment, but has never heard back. Lisa's family says they have the signatures of 4,000 people opposing Solomon's release, including the woman who married Solomon while he was in prison and who had a child with him.

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