Tina Adovasio’s former mother-in-law wept when Coello was brought out, handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit from the Department of Corrections. Another female family member yelled “Coward!” as he was escorted out of the courtroom.
Coello, an ex-New York City police officer, showed no emotion at the outburst, or any part of his brief appearance in Bronx County courthouse, where Coello’s lawyer and a prosecutor and updated the judge on their progress of exchanging evidence and information, known in legal terms as discovery.
Judge Miriam Best set his next court appearance for Oct. 26.Coello, 38, is charged with second-degree murder. He is accused of killing Adovasio in the Bronx and dumping her badly-beaten body in the woods near the Mohansic Golf Course, off the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown.
Adovasio, who lived in the Bronx, was divorcing Coello, who her family said had repeatedly abused her. Coello left the NYPD in 2000 while being investigated for domestic violence with another woman.Prosecutors have said physical evidence, surveillance video and Coello’s own words would show that he strangled his wife late March 11 or early March 12, carried away her body and then dumped it in Yorktown.
Adovasio, 40, worked as a maternity nurse at Sound Shore Medical Center. She had four children, including a 5-year-old daughter with Coello. The girl is living with Adovasio’s parents in Dutchess County. Her other children, ages 11, 15 and 16, are living with their father.
Top photo: Coello at a previous court appearance, with his lawyer, Renee Hill. Bottom: Adovasio, family photo.