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New York police make arrest in Shelly’s death

Suspect charged with second-degree murder Murder charge in Shelly case

A construction worker was arrested Monday and charged with murder in the death of actress-director Adrienne Shelly, who was found hanging from a shower rod in the bathroom of her New York apartment on Wednesday.

Police charged Diego Pillco with second-degree murder in the slaying, Det. Kevin Czartoryski said.

Pillco, 19, was picked up early Monday and was questioned for several hours until “he made statements,” said Czartoryski, who would not say what the statements were.

Pillco, of Brooklyn, was expected to be arraigned on the second-degree murder charge in Criminal Court.

Shelly, who appeared in the movie “Factotum” last year, was renovating the inside of the Greenwich Village apartment she used as her residence and office. Pillco, one of the workers, was one of the last people seen going into her apartment, police said.

Police had been hesitant to label the case a suicide, observing that no note was found and sneaker prints that did not match Shelly’s shoes were recovered from the bathtub.

A spokeswoman for the medical examiner’s office, Ellen Borakove, said late Monday that her agency had not determined the cause of Shelly’s death, whether by strangulation or other means, or whether it was a homicide.

Shelly, who was born in Queens and grew up on Long Island, was raising a 3-year-old daughter, Sophie, with her husband, Andy Ostroy.

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