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Stockbroker tried framing daughter, 9, for wife’s murder, prosecutors say

Stockbroker tried framing daughter, 9, for wife’s murder, prosecutors say

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A New York man tried to border his 9-year-old daughter for his spouse’s homicide years after her demise, prosecutors alleged on Monday.

In June 2013, Roderick Covlin, 45, posed as his daughter, then-12-year-old Anna, and wrote a notice as a false confession within the 2009 demise of her mom, Shele Danishefsky, the New York Submit reported.

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“All of those years I’ve been so extremely afraid and responsible concerning the night time my mother died,” Covlin allegedly wrote.

“I lied. She didn’t simply slip. That day we acquired right into a combat about her relationship … I acquired mad so I pushed her, however it couldn’t have been that onerous! I didn’t imply to harm her! I swear!,” the notice continued. “However she fell and that i (sic) heard a horrible noise and the water began turning purple and I attempted to drag her head up however she remained nonetheless…”

The Manhattan District Lawyer’s Workplace claimed that Covlin wrote the notice, which was addressed to his daughter’s regulation guardian, to steer authorities elsewhere of their investigation.

Covlin is accused of strangling then-47-year-old Danishefsky to demise in a tub inside her Higher West Aspect condominium on Dec. 31, 2009. The 2 have been residing in separate flats in the identical constructing throughout a bitter divorce when the couple’s daughter discovered her within the toilet.

Danishefsky was scheduled to satisfy with a lawyer on Jan. 1. 2010 — the day after she died — to take away Covlin from her will. He stood to get half her roughly $four million property, with the remainder going to their youngsters.

With the one apparent signal of trauma a lower on the again of her head, investigators initially thought she had slipped and fallen. After her Orthodox Jewish household objected to an post-mortem for spiritual causes, the reason for her demise was listed as undetermined.

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However as an investigation started, her physique was exhumed and autopsied together with her household’s permission. Medical experts concluded in April 2010 she had been strangled.

Covlin misplaced out on the $5 million inheritance when his mother and father have been granted custody of the couple’s youngsters. Prosecutors allege that Covlin concocted a weird plan to kill them through sugar laced with rat poison — however he by no means adopted by.

In one other plan, prosecutors mentioned Covlin allegedly instructed his personal daughter to accuse her grandfather of raping her — and even instructed her the best way to break her personal hymen. Covlin then allegedly instructed his girlfriend he would possibly kidnap the lady, then 14, and marry her off to somebody in Mexico.

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Covlin’s lawyer, in keeping with the New York Submit, mentioned the allegations are “rubbish … absurd, ridiculous and they’ll haven’t any function to play on this case.”

Jury choice within the court docket trial is scheduled to start Jan. 14.


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