(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Former NYPD officer Eddy Coello strangled his wife, carried her dead body to his car and dumped it in the woods in Yorktown, prosecutors said Wednesday.
Bronx Assistant District Attorney Edward Talty says video surveillance, forensic evidence and statements from Coello himself, all implicate him in his wife Tina Adovasio's death on March 11.
Coello, 38, was arraigned in Bronx Criminal Court on Wednesday night on a second-degree murder charge and was held without bail in protective custody.
Adovasio, 40, a nurse and mother of four, disappeared on March 11 and was found five days later north of their home, in Yorktown. The NYPD said Adovasio died of asphyxiation and had also suffered blunt trauma to the head and chest.
The couple's relationship had a history of domestic violence. According to police, Adovasio filed at least one order of protection against Coello in 2007. Adovasio had been seeking to separate and had filed another restraining order against Coello, but didn't yet serve him the papers, according to her attorney.
The couple had a 5-year-old daughter together. Adovasio also had three other children from a previous marriage.
Coello was a NYPD officer for four years. He resigned from the force in 2000 during a domestic violence investigation involving his former wife. He is now a physician's assistant.
Coello's next scheduled court appearance is Monday.