Shele Danishefsky Covlin

Backgammon pro Rod Covlin GUILTY of murdering millionaire wife in Manhattan apartment

Rod Covlin was found guilty in a Manhattan courthouse for the murder of his wife Shele Danishefsky — nearly ten years after she was found dead.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Danishefsky was found by her 9-year-old daughter in their Upper West Side apartment on New Year’s Eve in 2009. Danishefsky was a multimillionaire with assets upward of $5 million dollars at the time of her death, when she was going through an acrimonious divorce with Covlin, who she was reportedly planning to remove from her will.

The New York Post reports that a jury found Covlin, 45, guilty of his estranged wife’s murder on Wednesday, after two days of deliberation. As CrimeOnline previously reported, there were concerns that Covlin may acquitted because of problems with the initial investigation — including that detectives failed to dust Danishefsky’s cell phone, which had mysteriously disappeared and re-appeared just after her death, for fingerprints. There was also delays in thoroughly searching her apartment — which was across the hall from Covlin’s at the time — and examining her body.

This meant that much of the evidence against Covlin, a former backgammon pro and unsuccessful stockbroker, was circumstantial, which prosecutors — who argued that Covlin snapped his estranged wife’s neck — reportedly acknowledged in court.

“There’s only one person in the universe to the exclusion of every other person on the planet, only one person who had the motive, the opportunity and the means,” Assistant District Attorney Mathew Bogdanos said in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, according to the New York Post.

It is not yet known when Covlin is scheduled for sentencing.