Edwin Coello was ordered to be held without bail by Judge John Hecht. and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday, March 28, 2011.
The crowd outside the 45th Precinct Stationhouse shouted profanities as Coello was brought out in handcuffs Tuesday, accused of killing his wife, Tina Adovasio.
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Hours earlier, the strangled maternity nurse was laid to rest in front of heartbroken family and friends. Advasio’s oldest son, 16-year-old Joseph, reportedly told their priest that he wanted everyone to know his mother always put her children first.
Many at the funeral knew all about a marriage that had been filled with domestic violence.
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“I’m sure all of that looks bad. It looks bad but this is a case that’s not going to be tried in the media. It’s going to be tried in court,” said Renee Hill, Coello’s lawyer.
Adavasio was in court last month, filing for divorce and for an order of protection against her husband.
“He’d hit her in the past. Some pretty nasty hitting. Not a slap. She needed stitches once,” said Mike Lease, Adovasio’s divorce lawyer.
Police believe Coello strangled his wife in their third floor apartment then carried her body out in a large duffel bag, put her into this car before driving to Yorktown Heights, where he dumped her body in a wooded area.
Candles and flowers marked the loss.
“My heart goes out to the children. Obviously, how are they going to live their lives? How’s this going to affect them going forward? It’s a tragic thing,” said neighbor Al Miranda.