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Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Dan Markel Murder Case: Who Is (Or Was) Paying The Killers' Attorneys' Fees?

Magnauba GarciaWXTL, Attorneys Request Waived Lawyer Fees for Suspect in FSU Law Professor Death:

A request has been put in from one of the men charged in the death of Florida State law professor Dan Markel to waive his lawyer fees because he can no longer afford them.

Sigfredo Garcia's attorneys filed the motion on Tuesday to request that his lawyer fees be waived due to his ex-wife Katherine Magbanua's arrest and charges as a co-defendant in the case involving Markel's death.

The request stated that Magbanua was responsible for paying the remaining balance for counsel fees but was no longer able to. It also said that Garcia had been unable to help with the balance either, as he has been in custody since May.

Above the Law, The Dan Markel Case: Who Is Paying The Defendants’ Legal Fees?:

So Magbanua is (or was) covering Garcia’s fees, but who is covering Magbanua’s fees? I’ve heard a number of theories about that, but nothing concrete.

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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Comments

Someone who does murder for hire is having trouble covering his legal fees? I have trouble feeling sympathy for him.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Nov 13, 2016 5:20:28 AM

Easy the Adelsons who have paid for so much.....!

Posted by: Jen | Nov 13, 2016 5:53:21 AM

Maybe the same person who paid for Katherine Magbanua's boob job?

Posted by: Sooke | Nov 13, 2016 1:19:12 PM

I'm quite surprised the two had private attorneys. Whoever they hired, let's hope they wrap up a plea agreement soon.

Posted by: Art Deco | Nov 14, 2016 9:52:45 AM

If you want to get depressed about the perversity of human nature, follow this case. You're likely to end up not likely any of those involved—the murder-for-hire people or whoever paid them.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Nov 14, 2016 10:03:08 AM

Just plain sad.

Posted by: Laz | Nov 14, 2016 2:04:48 PM

So. Question from someone who has no idea: article says Garcia filed a motion asking to have his lawyer's fees waived since he can't afford them.

He started out with private attorneys. He now can't pay them. Does this motion mean he wants them to work for them for free? Can they be compelled to do that? What doesn't he just revert to public defenders if he can't afford his own attorneys?

Thanks in advance for explaining to me what's going on here.

Posted by: anon | Nov 15, 2016 6:50:01 PM