A day after revealing that he would be hit with a wrongful death suit, now it's believed that Rod Covlin may face murder charges from the Manhattan DA's office for the death of his estranged wife. Sources tell the Daily News "the Manhattan district attorney's office will seek murder charges against him before the spring."

Shele Danishefsky Covlin, a 47-year-old wealth manager at UBS, was found dead on December 31, 2009—her daughter discovered her body in their Upper West Side apartment bathtub. Apparently Danishefsky Covlin was supposed to meet her lawyer to take her estranged husband—who lived across the hall—out of her $1.4 million will; she had also taken an order of protection out against him a month earlier. But her injuries looked consistent with a bathtub fall so no one suspected murder. Her Orthodox Jewish parents also refused to do an autopsy. In spite of the fact that her body was not embalmed and exhumed months later, the News reports, "A source briefed on the investigation said a new round of forensic tests should be completed soon."

Covlin, an ex-stock trader who founded the U.S. Backgammon Federation, was accused by his wife's estate's public administrator of "intentionally, deliberately, willfully, wantonly, maliciously, brutally and without provocation or just cause did strangle, choke, strike, injure, assault, abuse, beat and murder” his wife. The suit is trying to keep Covlin from his half of the Danishefsky Covlin estate (the other half goes to their two kids, Anna and Myles).

The Post reports that Covlin took control of his wife's $1.6 million life insurance policy—"I am Anna’s father. have her best interests at heart, and I am in the best position to determine her current and future needs," his affidavit read. He successfully gained access, because a surrogate judge had no idea Covlin was suspected in his wife's death.