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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Will Dan Markel Get Justice In 2018?

Markel 3XTL, High-profile Big Bend Cases to Watch in 2018:

More than three years after FSU professor Dan Markel was murdered, the search for justice continues. Alleged triggerman Sigfredo Garcia has been in and out of court more than a dozen times.

His trial was supposed to start this month, but it's been pushed back six more months. Prosecutors explained in June why this trial is taking a while to happen.

"Murder cases frequently get continued, so there's lots of reasons that can happen," said Georgia Cappleman, the deputy assistant state attorney. "This is an ungangly beast that we're trying to wrangle."

Garcia is expected back in court Jan. 3, the same day as Katherine Magbanua, also charged in Markel's murder. Her trial is scheduled for Jan. 22. Her attorneys have maintained the state has a weak case.

"They were just proved wrong," said Christopher DeCoste, a defense attorney. "They're making these accusations based on little pieces of information and trying to connect imaginary dots with invisible lines."

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Nothing sweats a defendant / potential informant like an actual trial. DA has been negligent so far, here's hoping that the new year will bring some sanity and justice to this situation.

Posted by: tuphat | Jan 3, 2018 7:35:10 AM