Friday, March 05, 1999

Ex-Postal Worker
Guilty in 3 Slays

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A former Long Island postal worker was convicted of first-degree murder yesterday for bludgeoning and dismembering three women, including two from Queens, in 1994 and 1995.

The Suffolk County jury, which deliberated for two days after a four-month trial, now must decide whether Robert Shulman will get the death penalty or life in prison.

Shulman, a Hicksville postal worker, was charged with killing Kelly Sue Bunting, 28, of Hollis, whose body was found in December 1995 in a trash bin in Melville, L.I.; Lisa Ann Warner, 18, of Jamaica, whose body was found in April 1995 at a Brooklyn recycling plant; and an unidentified woman whose body was found in December 1994 on a roadside in Medford, L.I.

The Riverhead trial was the first in the state under the "serial killer" provision of the 1995 death penalty law.

To be prosecuted as a serial killer, a defendant must be accused of slaying three or more people within a 24-month period as part of a plan or in a similar fashion.