A former New York City Police Department housing officer from the Bronx was arraigned on murder charges Wednesday in connection with the death of his wife.
Edwin Coello, 38, is charged with second degree murder.
He is being ordered held without bail.
Prosecutors say they will present forensic evidence, as well as surveillance video and statements investigators say incriminated Coello in the death of Tina Adovasio, 40.
Her body was found last week stuffed in a plastic bag near the Taconic State Parkway in Westchester.
Prosecutors argue that Coello fought with Adovasio on the night of March 11 inside their Throggs Neck home, and ended up strangling her.
Coello's family members were in court and left without speaking to the press after the proceeding.
His defense attorney says her client maintains his innocence and that reports of a confession are not true.
"Mr. Coello has not made any admissions whatsoever," said Defense Attorney Renee Hill. "I have not seen any of the evidence the prosecution has at this point. There will be a time and a place for that when they turn that over to me."
At Hill's request, the judge agreed to place Coello in protective custody while on Rikers Island.
"He is not a police officer any more but he is an ex police officer who has been out in the media since the inception of this matter and I believe it is in his best interest that he be in protective custody," Hill told reporters.
Adovasio, a mother of four, had filed for divorce less than a month before she was killed.
Coello told police she stormed out of their home after they had a fight.
He was arrested Tuesday, just hours after she was laid to rest.
The Bronx district attorney's office says it expects an indictment in the case.
Coello is due back in court on Monday.