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May 22, 2019

Alleged Staten Island wife-killer admitted he “bodied” victim, his half-brother testifies at trial

February 20, 2019
Anthony Lopez, accused of murder, is escorted by NYPD detectives from the 121st Precinct on Staten Island, Saturday, May 21, 2016. (Jeff Bachner for New York Daily News)

A Staten Island man accused of strangling his pregnant wife and wheeling her lifeless body around on a dolly confessed to his half-brother, the sibling testified Tuesday.

On the day of the May 20, 2016 murder, Anthony Lopez walked into his half-brother Cameron Cordon’s room and told him, “I just bodied Obie,” Cordon said at Lopez’s trial. Obie was the nickname of Obiamaka Aduba, 26, Lopez’s wife. Authorities said Aduba had a tumultuous relationship with Lopez, who made her work as a prostitute and beat her badly.

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“No you didn’t,” Cordon, 33, said he responded.

Cordon testified that Lopez, who lived with him, told Cordon to look outside, where he saw the police scene.

“I just wanted to get away from the house,” Cordon he said.

Not long after, Cordon said Lopez called him from a phone number that he didn’t recognize, pretending to be someone named “Steve,” then started sending texts from the same number — one of which included a link to an article about the slaying.

“Answer the phone bro,” one text read. “What’s happening out there,” read another. “Helloooooo,” read a third.

Prosecutors allege that Lopez killed Aduba because she was trying to leave him. His lawyer, Mario Gallucci, said in opening remarks last Friday that Aduba’s past as a prostitute may have caught up with her, the Staten Island Advance reported.

The jury also heard from witness Jerome Tucker, who testified that he saw a “young man” pushing a cart along Post Lane near Richmond Terrace in Mariners Harbor

“I coulda swore it was a body. It was wrapped up, like, mummified. That’s what caught our attention,” said Tucker, a Department of Transportation truck yard supervisor.

He called the scene “something from a movie.”

Lopez faces murder and other charges. His trial continues Wednesday.

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