Updated 03/23/2011 08:39 AM
Former City Police Officer Charged With Wife's Murder
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A former New York City Police Department housing officer was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Tuesday in connection with the death of his estranged wife, days after his wife's body was discovered along a parkway in Westchester.
Edwin Coello was arrested at a relative's house earlier in the afternoon, brought to the 45th Police in the Bronx and is expected to arraigned at criminal court Wednesday.
Coello, seen above, called police on March 11 to report that his 40-year-old wife, Tina Adovasio, was missing. He said she had stormed out of their Throggs Neck home after an argument.
Her body was found several days later, stuffed in a plastic bag in a wooded section off the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown, N.Y. The medical examiner ruled her death a homicide, saying she received blunt force trauma to the head and chest and was choked to death.
Last week, Coello was labeled a person of interest in her death.
Investigators say they have video from a surveillance camera that caught Coello carrying a shovel and a large bag. They say they believe Adovasio's body was inside.
Some of her family's friends showed up to the precinct to yell and curse Coello.
"I just want the family to know that I'm with them and I feel their pain," said one family friend.
"Just get a divorce, get a divorce. Why did he have to kill her, why did he have to kill her," said another.
Coello's lawyer, Renee Hill, said that she will defend her client vigorously.
"They did not contact me when they were ready to arrest him. I had Mr. Coello available, I advised him that he was available at any time that they wished for him to surrender," said Hill. "I am his counsel, I'm here to represent him and ensure that his rights are not violated in any way, and that's what I intend to do. So in terms of moving forward, I will be with him at his arraignment and we will go before the judge."
The funeral of Tina Adovasio.
Meanwhile, hundreds showed up to pay their respects at Adovasio's funeral in Mahopac, N.Y.
She worked as a nurse and leaves behind four children, one of them with Coello. People in her neighborhood say they are still in disbelief.
"She was a regular customer here, a nice person. She always come smiling," said one Throggs Neck merchant.
Sources told NY1 that Adovasio was in the process of divorcing Coello and that she recently took out an order of protection against him.
According to law enforcement officials, Coello resigned from the NYPD over allegations that he abused his former wife.