(NYDAILYNEWS) – The backgammon-obsessed philanderer who will soon stand trial for the 2009 murder of his estranged wife allegedly tried to “frame” his 9-year-old daughter for it — a detail prosecutors want a jury to hear if he takes the witness stand.
Roderick Covlin, 45, wrote a bizarre email from his daughter Anna’s account to a woman serving as her law guardian in which he poses as the girl confessing to Shele Danishefsky Covlin’s killing, prosecutors say in court papers. The email was never sent.
“I herd her go into her room and run the bath so I went in and argued some more and she told me to go back to my room and I got mad so I pushed her, but it couldn’t have been that hard!,” the email says, according to court papers.
“I didn’t mean to hurt her! I swear! But she fell and i heard a terrible noise and the water started turning red and I tried to pull her head up but she remained still…”