Five months ago, Isaiah Carvalho filed for divorce from his wife, NYPD officer Valerie Cincinelli. Last week, authorities told the 32-year-old that Cincinelli, a 12-year veteran of the force, had been trying since February to have him killed. "I can't believe it. I'm still in shock," Carvalho told Good Morning America Wednesday. "I'm still lost over this whole thing and I'm trying to process everything." The couple has two kids together, ages 9 and 5, neighbors tell the New York Post, adding the children lived with Cincinelli, 34, after she and Carvalho separated two years ago. A police source tells the Post the word is custody issues were behind Cincinelli's alleged plot. But Carvalho insists to GMA, "We didn't have like a heated custody battle. We were about to reach an agreement."
Cincinelli allegedly asked her boyfriend to help her plan the hit; she was also allegedly planning to have her boyfriend's own teen daughter killed. The boyfriend instead contacted authorities and cooperated with the investigation—which involved Carvalho faking his own death so authorities could collect evidence: "They had me sit in my car," Carvalho recounted to GMA. "They put glass on the floor and all over me, and had me hunch over into the passenger seat." Meanwhile, the New York Daily News, citing sources, refers to the boyfriend as a "mob wannabe" who had a "dysfunctional" relationship with Cincinelli. Cincinelli's father insisted earlier this week she's being framed by a "wacko pathological liar." (The boyfriend previously spoke about the anguish of foiling the alleged plot.)