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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Update On Murder-For-Hire Investigation Into Dan Markel's Death: In Defense Of Charlie Adelson

Charles AdelsonDavid Lat (Above the Law), The Murder Of Dan Markel: In Defense Of Charlie Adelson:

On Friday, a grand jury in Leon County indicted Sigfredo Garcia and Luis Rivera on first-degree murder charges. The two men stand accused of killing Florida State University law professor Dan Markel as part of an alleged murder-for-hire plot. Both men maintain their innocence (and Rivera initially claimed he had never been to northern Florida, although he reportedly changed his story after being shown photographic evidence to the contrary).

Law enforcement authorities allege that the plot to murder Markel arose out of the “desperate desire” of his ex-wife Wendi Adelson’s family to relocate her and her two children to South Florida. More specifically, the police assert a connection between Wendi’s brother, Charles Adelson, and a woman named Katherine Magbanua, the mother of two children with Sigfredo Garcia — one of the two alleged hit men.

As a result of these allegations by law enforcement, Charlie Adelson has come under suspicion in some quarters. But he has his defenders, as reported by the Daily Mail late last week. ...

The police aren’t saying much about the Adelsons right now. When asked about the status of the Adelson family in the wake of Friday’s indictments, State Attorney Willie Meggs said, “They were not indicted. Today.”

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https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2016/06/update-on-murder-for-hire-investigation-into-dan-markels-death-.html

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Comments

"‘But I’m practically living with Charlie and I’m not worried. He’s very nice and not violent at all."

Well I guess they need to rule him out as a suspect, then.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Jun 21, 2016 3:54:50 AM

Orin's pithy observations sums up what is utterly bizarre about this. Paul, do you really think that the ATL cesspool and the Daily Mail are sources you need to be following?

Posted by: Brian | Jun 21, 2016 4:44:55 AM

"‘But I’m practically living with Charlie and I’m not worried. He’s very nice and not violent at all."

If he were a violent man, he'd have killed Markel himself.

Posted by: Art Deco | Jun 21, 2016 7:58:15 AM

This made me laugh out loud, not that Dan's murder is funny.

Posted by: Robin Martin | Jun 22, 2016 10:26:30 AM

OMG, hopefully they will find the evidence sooner then later to make an arrest

Posted by: Sue | Jun 27, 2016 11:31:06 AM