Leanne Serrano-Paulsen

Leanne Serrano-Paulson

‘Cosby’ writer charged in wife's murder

Leanne Serrano-Paulsen found beaten to death; young son unharmed

updated 11:23 p.m. ET, Thurs., May 3, 2007

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - A TV comedy writer and producer was charged Thursday with murder in the death of his wife, authorities said.

John James “J.J.” Paulsen, 47, a writer and producer on “Cosby,” “In Living Color” and other shows, has been held in jail since his wife’s decomposing body was discovered April 18 in the couple’s upscale home in Carmel, north of Indianapolis.

Leanne Serrano-Paulsen, 39, had been beaten to death and was dead for at least a week before her body was found, according to her autopsy report.

When officers entered the home, they found the couple’s 16-month-old son, Christopher, alone in a crib, crying but unharmed, authorities said.

J.J. Paulsen, who was found walking along a street about three miles away, was arrested on charges of child abandonment and violation of probation, authorities said.

Paulsen pleaded guilty in January to domestic battery. Police said Serrano-Paulsen called police twice last year after she was beaten by her husband.

Jail officials did not know whether Paulsen had an attorney.

Indianapolis Monthly article on the crime: click here.

Husband sentenced:

updated 5:48 p.m. ET, Fri., March. 27, 2009

NOBLESVILLE, Ind. - A television comedy writer and producer for shows including “Cosby” and “In Living Color” has been sentenced in Indiana to 26 years in prison in the beating death of his wife.

Forty-nine-year-old John James “J.J.” Paulsen was sentenced Friday in Hamilton Superior Court on charges of voluntary manslaughter, neglect of a dependent and moving a body from the scene of death.

Prosecutors had dropped a murder charge as part of a plea agreement.


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