DA Vance Announces Indictment of Roderick Covlin for Murdering His Estranged Wife in 2009

November 2, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of RODERICK COVLIN, 42, for murdering his wife, Shele Danishefsky Covlin, inside her Upper West Side apartment in the final days of 2009. COVLIN is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts of Murder in the Second Degree.[1] 

“On the final day of 2009, a 47-year-old mother of two was found dead in her apartment,” said District Attorney Vance. “An investigation over the ensuing years has resulted in her husband being charged with her murder. It is our hope that this prosecution will bring justice for Ms. Danishevsky Covlin, and provide closure to her grieving family and friends.” 

According to the indictment and statements made on the record in court, between December 30th and December 31st of 2009, COVLIN killed his 47-year-old wife, with whom he was estranged, inside her West 68th Street apartment. The victim’s body was found the morning of December 31, 2010.

Assistant District Attorneys Matthew Bogdanos, Senior Trial Counsel, and Anne Siegel are handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Assistant District Attorney Ann Prunty, Counsel to the Trial Division, Deputy Chief Investigator Robert Mooney, Assistant District Attorney Shanda Strain, and Senior Investigative Analyst Nicole Drosinos assisted with the investigation.

[1] The charge contained in the indictment is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

Defendant Information:

New Rochelle, New York


  • •    Murder in the Second Degree, a class A felony, two counts