Ex-cop Eddy Coello admitted killing wife, witness testifies
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Former NYPD Police Officer Eddy Coello admitted killing his wife after Yorktown Heights cops found her body last year, a witness told jurors Thursday.
Monica Rodriguez's testimony came four days into the murder trial against the cop-turned-doorman. Earlier in the week, jurors heard from a nurse who said victim Tina Adovasio wanted a divorce, and on the opening day of the trial, the jury heard emotional testimony from Adovasio's 18-year-old son.
But it was Rodriguez -- who had a child with Coello 19 years ago, before his marriage to Adovasio -- who told the jury Coello confessed the killing to her, News12 reported. Rodriguez said Coello called her after police found Adovasio's body in a wooded area off the Taconic State Parkway on March 16, 2011.
Rodriguez said she asked Coello a simple, direct question: "You did it, didn't you?"
"Yes, I did it," Coello replied, according to News12. "We fought, I snapped. I'll probably get five to 20 years. Please be sure to take care of our daughter."
Adovasio, a nurse who left behind four children, initially was reported missing on March 11, 2011. Police followed leads and searched nearby, including a Bronx park, before two ATV riders found Adovasio's body in Yorktown Heights five days later.
Coello, who had a history of domestic abuse allegations, was fired from the NYPD in 2000 after a domestic abuse claim involving another woman. Police arrested the 41-year-old ex-cop on March 22, 2011, the same day 40-year-old Adovasio was buried.
On Thursday, jurors also heard from Margo Paladines, a personal trainer and friend of Adovasio's. Paladines said Adovasio told her Coello was abusive, and told jurors she saw bruises on Adovasio's body, News12 reported. Those statements followed similar testimony Wednesday, when a colleague of Adovasio's -- also a nurse -- tearfully told the jury Adovasio wanted a divorce and was afraid of her husband.
On Monday, jurors watched footage from a surveillance camera, which showed Coello leaving Adovasio's apartment while hefting a large duffel bag. Joseph Adovasio, 18 and the victim's oldest son, was on the stand as prosecutors screened the video.
"It's my mom," Joseph Adovasio said as he watched the video. "Eddy is walking out of my house with my mom."