Thursday, March 14, 2019

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Westchester man convicted of killing his wife in Manhattan

NEW YORK – A New Rochelle man was convicted in Manhattan State Supreme Court on Wednesday on a murder charge in the death of Shele Danishefksy Covlin, 47, in her Upper West Side apartment on New Year’s Eve in 2009.

District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said the victim was being “psychologically tortured” by her husband, Roderick Covlin, 46, who “murdered her in a brutal and vicious crime.”

At trial it was proven that Covlin was named as the sole beneficiary to his wife’s estate, totaling $5.27 million including $3.6 million in insurance.

In April 2009, the couple separated.  Colvin moved to an apartment across the hall from their apartment in Manhattan.

On December 31, 2009, Covlin murdered his wife and staged it to look like an accident and the death was ruled undetermined with the victim being buried without an official autopsy because of the family’s religious objection to one.

Covlin began attempting to collect on the victim’s estate, which he planned to spend on travel to backgammon tournaments with female acquaintances.

After receiving new information in February 2010, the body was exhumed and an autopsy confirmed Shele Covlin had been murdered.

Covlin was arrested at a train station in Scarsdale on November 1, 2015.

 


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