Former NYPD Officer Charged With Murder of His Wife

Edwin Coello was arrested today while family and friends mourned the death of slain nurse Tina Adovasio.

While family and friends wiped away tears and mourned the loss of Tina Adovasio at her , her estranged husband was noticeably absent. Edwin Coello, former NYPD cop, was arrested in connection to her death by New York City police in the Bronx today.

Coello was picked up by police on Tuesday at relative's house at 2:30 p.m., his attorney Renee Hill said. He is charged with second-degree murder, a spokesperson for the Deputy Commissioner's Office said this evening. 

Hill told Patch she will defend the man, who is expected to be arraigned in court Wednesday afternoon. As part of a formal procedure, she said, he will enter a not guilty plea. 

Adovasio, 40, was  in a heavily-wooded area off the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown near Baldwin Road Wednesday night, five days after she went missing on March 11.

Her husband reported her missing after an argument, police said. Although he was cooperating with authorities initially, Coello hired two lawyers, refused to have his car searched and provide a DNA sample after his wife's body was found. Last week, he was named a "person of interest."

Coello has a history of domestic violence and according to the District Attorney's Office in the Bronx, he was arrested on Feb. 27, 2006 and charged with second-degree harassment against his wife, Tina Adovasio. Law enforcement authorities said he had reportedly been seen carrying a large duffle bag the day after Adovasio's disappearance. 

A family member, who did not wish to be identified, said Coello was not allowed to attend Adovasio's wake, funeral or burial. 

Adovasio lived in the Bronx and worked as a nurse in the Maternity Department of New Rochelle's . She and Coello have a 5-year-old daughter, and Adovasio has three other children from a previous marriage. 

She leaves behind her four children, parents, two brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles who all attended her funeral today along with her ex-husband and friends of the children. 

Editor's Note: This article has been updated since its original publication to include what Coello was charged with as that information became available, and also to include a comment from Coello's attorney.

Cblack September 26, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Police are above the law, they look out for their own, this like was mentioned earlier is just a formality to satisfy the family and the public, I seen personally how they get down on a daily basis especially after the 9/11 tragedy, which they think they were the main heroes, heroes do not get paid they were paid handsomely to do their job, my prayers go out to the family and friends of the deceased.
Jack Rielly September 26, 2011 at 08:32 AM
You see personally how "they get down" on a daily basis? I'm a cop., I don't support murder by another cop or anyone else. Do I look out for my own, you bet your ass, it's part of my job. NY after 9 11 is an Orwelian police state, that's not cops fault. That's the U.S. government and the sham they have run on the people of this county. Police or not above the law. Edwin is going to jail.


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