Ex-cop pleads not guilty in wife's murder
A former police officer plead not guilty today to charges that he murdered his wife in a Bronx courtroom while her anguished family members looked on.
Edwin Coello, of The Bronx, is accused of strangling his wife, Tina Adovasio, to death. The battered body the 40-year-old maternity ward nurse was found along the Taconic Parkway in March.
Today, a family member of Adovasio yelled out, "Murderer!" when Coello was led into the courtroom in shackles. The woman was escorted out by officers.
Coello was arrested on the day of Adovasio's funeral, and a grand jury indicted him on second-degree murder charges earlier this month.
A former NYPD housing cop, Coello has publicly maintained his innocence. Prosecutors say they have surveillance video and forensic evidence that implicates him.
If convicted, he faces 25 years to life in prison.
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