Nearly six years after Shele Danishefsky Covlin's body was found by her nine-year-old daughter, police have arrested the man who was a longtime person of interest: Danishefsky Covlin's estranged husband, Roderick Covlin. Today, Manhattan DA Cy Vance announced that Covlin was indicted for two counts of murder in the second degree.

On December 31, 2009, Shele Danishefsky Covlin and Roderick Covlin's young daughter found Shele Covlin's body submerged in a bathtub of her Upper West Side apartment at 155 West 68th Street. Initially it was thought to be an accident—"detectives suspect[ed] the victim grabbed a handle to lift herself out of the tub, and the handle gave way"—but Danishefsky Covlin's family believed she was killed by her husband, who lived across the hallway.

Apparently, the day before her murder, Danishefsky Covlin, a wealth manager, was allegedly supposed to meet with a lawyer to remove her estranged husband from her will. (Her estate was worth a reported $4 million.) The Daily News reports, "Danishefsky and Covlin were in the midst of a bitter divorce to end their nearly 12-year union, a legal move sparked by his desire for an open marriage. She had already obtained a 'get' — a Jewish religion divorce — from Covlin. At the time, Danishefsky was living in the family’s W. 68th St. apartment with the kids. Covlin was living across the hall and his wife was paying his bills."

Five years ago, a source told the Post that Covlin's behavior was suspicious because he was very friendly on the day of Danishefsky Covlin's death: "He stopped and talked to the doorman and offered him coffee. And the doorman said he never did that before." And another witness claimed, "He was roaming the lobby at 4 in the morning, he hadn’t changed his clothes in days, and he looked whacked."

No autopsy had been conducted after her death, because the gash on the back of her head was "consistent with a fall," and because Danishefsky Covlin and her family are Orthodox Jews. However, the DA's office ordered an exhumation in 2010 (the family got a rabbinical exemption) and the medical examiner ruled that she died of strangulation.

Her divorce lawyer Dominic Barbara said, "The moment I was told she died, I said, ‘He killed her.' [The family] didn’t want to do an autopsy, but I kept insisting. He was violent. I got him thrown out of the apartment based on his violence."

In the meantime, Covlin's parents won custody of the children and battled over funds from Danishefsky's estate.

Covlin, a former trader turned founder of the U.S. Backgammon Federation, was arrested at the Scarsdale Metro-North station yesterday. A source told the Post, "The DA’s office is very conservative in prosecuting homicide cases that they have even the slightest doubt about will get a conviction. So the case proceeded very slowly...This one would be a great ‘Law and Order’ episode."

In court today, Covlin, 42, pleaded not guilty. His lawyer said, "He is stunned by what has happened. We don’t believe there is any credible evidence to these charges. He’s very concerned about the children."

However, his mother-in-law Elaine Danishefsky told the News, "It’s about time. “I just hope he gets what he deserves."

Covlin is being held without bail. His next court date is November 9.