Teen Charged in Slaying of Indie Actress

Teen Charged in Slaying of Indie Actress
Adrienne Shelly
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11/06/2006 06:45PM

Police have charged a construction worker with the murder of actress Adrienne Shelly, who was found hanging from a shower rod in her New York apartment last week, the Associated Press reports.

Diego Pillco was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree murder, according to New York Police Detective Kevin Czartoryski.

It was reported earlier that Shelly had likely committed suicide, however police had not ruled out foul play. No note was found at the place of her death, and sneaker prints that did not match her shoes were found in the apartment's bathtub.

Shelly, who appeared in The Unbelievable Truth, allegedly complained about construction noise happening in her Greenwich Village apartment building. She had an argument with Pillco who allegedly hit her, according to reports.

Pillco, 19, was picked up early Monday and was questioned for several hours until "he made statements," Czartoryski told the AP. He would not elaborate on the nature of the statements.

Shelly, 40, was born Adrienne Levine in Queens and raised on Long Island. She and her husband, Andy Ostroy, had a 3-year-old daughter named Sophie, her agent, Rachel Sheedy, told the AP.

She had worked steadily acting in film, theater and television, but later turned to writing and directing and made her feature-film directorial debut with 1997's Sudden Manhattan. She recently wrote and directed a film called Waitress, starring Keri Russell, Cheryl Hines and Jeremy Sisto.

"She was so psyched about the film," Sheedy told the AP. "She gathered an amazing cast, and she was really happy and excited to hear back from Sundance about it."

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