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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Katherine Magbanua's Murder Trial In Killing Of Dan Markel Is Delayed As Two Inmates Say Alleged Hit Man Sigfredo Garcia Implicated Charlie And Donna Adelson

MagnaubaTallahassee Democrat, Informants' Interviews Force Markel Trial Delay:

Interviews with inmates who spent time with Sigfredo Garcia in the Leon County Jail may corroborate what one of his co-defendants and investigators have said all along about the death of Dan Markel — that Garcia was allegedly recruited by the law professor’s in-laws in a murder for hire plot.

The interviews, with two inmates at the Leon County Jail, reveal that while housed in L Pod, 34-year-old Garcia opened up about the Markel investigation and how he ended up driving to Tallahassee from Miami to allegedly shoot the Florida State legal scholar. ...

Police have asserted that Markel’s former in-laws, chiefly his ex-wife Wendi Adelson’s brother and mother, Charlie and Donna Adelson, were involved in planning and paying to have the legal scholar killed. ... The Adelsons remain suspects in the murder-for-hire plot, said Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman. They have denied any involvement and have not been charged. ...

Since they had not yet questioned the inmates who gave the interviews, Tara Kawass and Christopher DeCoste, attorneys for Magbanua, successfully lobbied Circuit Judge James Hankinson on Monday to have her trial date postponed. They said they had not yet reviewed the statements and could not go forward with the Feb. 27 trial date set for their client.

Magbanua will return to court May 1 for a status hearing.

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Comments

Of course they need an extra six months at least to prepare for the testimony of a couple jail house informants that were privy to a few conversations. Mind you, the trial is not scheduled for May, that is just another pretrial hearing.

I can't wait for the day when IBM's Watson takes over the legal system. This is not justice, this is a joke. The delay in our court systems in inexcusable.

Posted by: JM | Feb 7, 2017 11:58:45 AM