Updated 10/03/2012 12:16 AM
Murder Trial Continues For Former Police Officer Charged With Killing Wife
If seeing is believing, a Bronx jury will have to decide if what they saw is enough of a reason to believe former police officer Eddy Coello murdered his wife. NY1's Dean Meminger filed the following report.
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Bronx prosecutors say they have powerful video evidence that Eddy Coello committed a horrible crime.
They say the bundle he's carrying in the video is the body of his wife, Tina Adovasio, after he strangled her in their Throgs Neck home. Her body was found several days later in the woods in Yorktown, about 40 minutes from the Bronx.
Adovasio's mother and family were not happy to see Coello's mother in court. It was an emotional second day of the murder trial of the former NYPD officer. Adovasio's family broken down in tears as jurors were shown pictures of the woman's body in the woods.
Defense attorneys say Coello was also disturbed by the pictures.
"He has been having a very difficult time with this and he doesn't like to look at the photographs that are going into evidence," said Renee Hill, Coello's lawyer. "It is very emotional for everyone involved in this case, including Mr. Coello."
During testimony, jurors heard briefly about an alleged case of domestic violence involving the couple from 2007.
Adovasio's son, Joseph, told the court that "She told me Eddy held her down with his legs and punched her in the face."
Det. John Fennell, who investigated Adovasio's disappearance, said Coello told him the couple had a fight before she stormed out of the house last year.
"He said he had had a physical and oral altercation with wife Tina before she left," the detective said.
Prosecutors said she never left but rather, her husband carried her out. The defense said it is impossible to know what Coello was carrying. It's something jurors will have to decide.