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Suspected wife killer’s lawyer: exclude prior ‘bad acts’

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, December 21, 2015, 6:41 PM

Roderick Covlin talking with his lawyers in Manhattan Supreme Court after a hearing on child visitation rights for his in-laws on Friday.Jefferson Siegel

Roderick Covlin talking with his lawyers in Manhattan Supreme Court after a hearing on child visitation rights for his in-laws on Friday.

A jury should not hear incriminating tidbits about accused wife killer Rod Covlin – including that he spoke of kidnapping and marrying off his 13-year-old daughter, his attorney said Monday.

“At trial the DA has already said he fully intends to introduce the evidence,” Covlin’s lawyer Robert Gottlieb said after a hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court.

“We fully intend to fight him tooth and nail.”

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The battle over the inclusion of “bad acts” not connected to the murder of Shele Danishefsky Covlin’s slaying in 2009 began Monday when Gottlieb asked for a review of grand jury minutes.

Shele Danishefsky was found dead in her apartment in 2009.Jill_Lotenberg/Jill Lotenberg

Shele Danishefsky was found dead in her apartment in 2009.

Gottlieb argued that following a report of discord among the highest ranks of the DA’s office over the strength of the case, the judge should evaluate whether the grand jury improperly heard evidence about unrelated issues.

Much of the dirt the prosecutors have on Covlin relates to alleged misbehaving in the battle for custody of his children after his wife’s death, Gottlieb said.

During a bail hearing on Nov. 9, Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos described a wild plot and played a recording of Covlin discussing “a plan to kidnap his 13-year-old daughter, to take her to Mexico and pay some Mexican $ 10,000 to marry her so that she will no longer be a minor.”

The goal, the ADA said, was to get access to his daughter and possibly her inheritance.

Bogdanos also argued that Covlin violated orders of protection, that he falsely reported his estranged wife to authorities on a bogus claim that she abused their toddler son and, beginning in 2012, he began Facebook “poking” girls as young as 11.

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Family members of Shele Danishefsky: sister Eve Karstaedt, her husband Marc Karstaedt (both at left), and her brother Philip Danishefsky (at right) leave Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday, November 9, 2015.

The incidents raised by the DA are “unrelated” to the case and are connected to the custody battle between the families that followed Shele Danishefsky Covlin’s passing, Gottlieb said.

They have “nothing to do with the allegations of the murder,” he added outside the courtroom.


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