“I have a passport for Anna. I’m not sure that for 10,000, there’s not some 18-year-old who would be willing to marry her and remain married and obviously not live with her but like whatever and like sign a pre-nup or whatever,” Covlin is heard saying, going on to discuss hiring a Mexican law firm “to make sure it’s done properly.”.
Above: Shele Danishevsky Covlin and Rod Covlin
Accused Wife Murderer Rod Covlin Planned On Kidnapping His 13-Year-Old Daughter And Marrying Her Off In Mexico, Court Hears
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Rod Covlin plotted to kidnap his young teen daughter and marry her off in a scheme to gain access to her million dollar inheritance, the prosecution told a Manhattan court Monday in a pre-trial hearing, the New York Post reported.
Covlin is charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Shele Danishefsky, on December 31, 2009.
“He comes up with a plan to kidnap his 13-year-old daughter, take her to Mexico and pay some Mexican $10,000 to marry her so she’ll no longer be a minor and he’ll get access to the money,” Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos told the court.
Covlin’s scheme to pimp out his 13-year-old daughter was caught on an audio tape made two years ago and which was played for the court.
“I have a passport for Anna. I’m not sure that for 10,000, there’s not some 18-year-old who would be willing to marry her and remain married and obviously not live with her but like whatever and like sign a pre-nup or whatever,” Covlin is heard saying, going on to discuss hiring a Mexican law firm “to make sure it’s done properly.”
Covlin is also accused by Shele’s family of physical brutality toward them and toward his children.
Covlin was blocked from getting the $2 million he was slated to get from Shele’s estate by a wrongful death suit filed by her parents in 2011.
As part of the settlement, Covlin agreed to stop trying to get the money until six years elapsed from the alleged murder or the until the DA said Covlin had been ruled out as a suspect in it.
The six years would have elapsed on January 1, 2016. Covlin was arrested on November 1, 2015 and charged with Shele’s murder.
Prosecutors also told the court that Covlin had “poked” several adolescent girls as young as 11 on Facebook three years ago.
“Please stop poking me or I will report you as a pedophile so watch out!” one girl replied top Covlin at the time.
The prosecutor also brought evidence – which was not specified in open court – that he said shows that Covlin was involved in “the solicited sexual abuse of a minor.”
The prosecutor admitted the evidence against Covlin for the abuse was only circumstantial but he insisted it was still good enough to deny Covlin bail.
In July of 2009 during their bitter divorce process, he was accused by Shele of sexually abusing their 3-year-old son. A family court judge at the time ordered that Covlin could only have supervised visits with their children.
Covlin was nearly destitute at that point and Shele violated a court order and refused to pay his $50,000 in legal fees.
And then on New Year’s Eve 2009, the couple’s young daughter Anna found Shele face down in her bathtub dead.
Shele’s death was ruled accidental and she was quickly buried without an autopsy after local Orthodox activists and Misaskim, the haredi organization that intercedes to block autopsies, encouraged her family to push for the rapid burial and helped pressure the medical examiner to release the body.
But soon after it became clear that Shele had likely been murdered and in April 2010 her body was exhumed and autopsied. Her death was ruled a homicide. She had died from from neck compression “consistent with a chokehold.” She also had facial abrasions, hemorrhaging of her right eye, bruising and cuts on her lips, and two dislocated ribs.
The prosecutor told the court there was evidence that Covlin tampered with witnesses and with the crime scene, as well.
Covlin’s lawyer told the court the case against his client is “weak” and “circumstantial” and said the alleged kidnapping plot was only hatched by Covlin to “protect” his children.
“It was not to gain money, it was not to kidnap somebody, it was not to leave the jurisdiction, it was to protect his children,” Covlin’s lawyer said.
The judge called the evidence against Covlin “very powerful” and ordered that Covlin, who is being held without bail, can have no visitors, except for his attorneys, without prior approval from the court due to Covlin’s alleged witness tampering.
If he’s convicted, Covlin faces as much as life in prison.
[Hat Tip: The Lion.]