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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Police Video Released Of Wendi Adelson Being Told Of Dan Markel's Murder, Says Her Brother Joked About Hiring A Hit Man

ABC News, Police Video Shows Woman Hearing About Shooting Death of Her Ex, an FSU Law Professor:

When asked in her videotaped interview whether she thought someone would kill Markel for her benefit without asking her, Wendi Adelson said, “No.”

But she acknowledged being “scared someone maybe did this - not because they hate Danny but because they thought this was good somehow.”

Adelson then recalled an eyebrow-raising phone conversation with her brother Charlie earlier that day, as they were discussing what to do about a television he bought her that had broken down.

“And I was talking to him about whether it made sense to pay to fix it or I should get a new one,” she said. “And it was always his joke that, like, he knew that Danny treated me badly, and it was always his joke, he said, I looked into hiring a hit man but it was cheaper to get you this TV.”

“[H]e’s my big brother, and he’s been taking care of me since I was little,” she continued. “But he would never – and I told that to the repair guy that this morning. He asked me how much it cost, and I said I didn’t know because it was a gift because my brother said it was cheaper than a hit-man. It was my divorce present. Such a horrible thing to say. I’m so, so sorry.”

“But even my family who felt like I had been mistreated would never do something like this,” Adelson said. “Never.”

Asked whether she would have ever asked someone to kill her former husband, she replied: “Not in a million years.”

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

http://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/08/abc-news-obtains-police-video-of-wendi-adelson-being-told-of-dan-markels-murder-she-says-her-brother.html

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Comments

I'm guessing her first instinct is correct on this one. And then from the recent ATL story (http://abovethelaw.com/2016/08/the-dan-markel-case-a-notable-new-document/), perhaps jealousy wasn't the only reason Garcia was confronting Adleson - maybe he was confronting him because he hadn't been compensated for his 'work'. Or something.

Posted by: ppp | Aug 27, 2016 2:28:02 PM

SHE'S A LAWYER. Be skeptical.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 28, 2016 5:52:38 AM

Really have to wonder if the State would be expending this amount of resources if the victim wasn't an upper-class, educated, suburban white guy. Just asking ...

Posted by: tuphat | Aug 28, 2016 2:05:57 PM

ALSO, SINCE SHE'S A LAWYER, WHY IS SHE TALKING TO THE POLICE??? SHE SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

Posted by: Anon | Aug 30, 2016 5:26:41 AM