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Shele Danishefsky Covlin

Prosecutor says man snapped wife’s neckbone, killing her, so he could date more women

Prosecutors say a man on trial for murdering his wife nearly eight years ago killed her so that he could see other women.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos said at a hearing Tuesday that 44-year-old Rod Covlin “had other girlfriends and wanted to have more,” so he murdered his estranged wife, Shele Danishefsky, according to the New York Post.

Covlin claimed he found Danishefsky dead in her bathtub on New Year’s Eve 2009, in her apartment that she lived in with their children – just across the hall from his own apartment. The two were in the middle of a divorce and custody battle at the time.

Danishefksy’s death was initially thought to be an accident. For religious reasons, an autopsy was not conducted for several months after the mother was found face-down in the bathtub. When an examination did take place, the medical examiner found that her neck bone had been snapped, and ruled her death a homicide.

Covlin was only arrested two years ago, though he was a suspect from the beginning. Police arrested the failed stock broker after he confessed to his girlfriend to committing the crime. He was just two months shy of inheriting $4 million from his late wife’s estate when he was taken into police custody.

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The hearing on Tuesday was about evidence that has yet to be turned over to the defense team. Covlin’s lawyer, Robert Gottlieb, said prosecutors still need to turn over files on previous persons of interest. Some of these include men that Danishefsky had dated. In addition to this, Gottlieb said police also found an unknown male’s DNA on the zipper of the woman’s handbag, found close to her body.

“We know that there are suspects they investigated and DNA belonging to a male that’s not Rod, which are raising real questions about whether or not the killer is still out there.”

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