Roderick Covlin appears in State Supreme Court on February 28, 2017 in New York. Covlin is accused of strangling his estranged spouse Shele Covlin six years ago.(Alec Tabak/for New York Daily News)
Wednesday, September 13, 2017, 5:58 AM
Accused wife killer Roderick Covlin got emotional and hugged a police sergeant over the death of his estranged spouse -- the woman he's now accused of strangling, a police witness said Tuesday.
NYPD Sgt. Yadelie Sanchez said Covlin, 44, was "very upset" and volunteered that he found Shele Danishefsky Covlin, "unconscious and in the bathtub" after getting a call from their 9-year-old daughter, Anna, on Dec. 31, 2009.
Separated from the victim, Covlin lived across the hall. He told the officers he ran over to try to resuscitate her.
"I can't believe this is happening. I can't believe this is happening," he allegedly cried to Sanchez and her colleagues.
Former house of Roderick Covlin who was arrested for killing his wife in 2011 in New Rochelle, N.Y.(Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)
He also offered an unsolicited theory -- that 47-year-old Danishefsky Covlin "probably" hit her head while taking a bath and fell.
His emotion appeared sincere enough to win them over, Sanchez said.
"We were just very sorry for him," she said. Her supervisor "just hugged him because he seemed so upset."
Family members of Shele Danishefsky, including sister Eve Karstaedt and her husband Marc Karstaedt (both at left), and her brother Philip Danishefsky (at right) leave Manhattan Supreme Court.(Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News)
Covlin, long under suspicion in his wife's death, was charged with strangling her in 2015.
He maintains his innocence.
Sanchez was the last witness to testify at a hearing to determine if Covlin's statements should be admissible at trial.
His lawyer says his rights were violated at the crime scene.Send a Letter to the Editor
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