Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Charges Consolidated For Katherine Magbanua (Mother Of Hit Man's Children, Worker In Adelson Dental Practice) In Murder Of Dan Markel

MagnaubaTallahassee Democrat, Charges Consolidated for Magbanua:

Charges were consolidated against the woman accused of being a conduit between Dan Markel’s former in-laws and the hitmen investigators say shot him in his garage.

Charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy and solicitation of murder were brought together into one case against 33-year-old Katherine Magbanua on Tuesday. She has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magbanua is accused of helping to orchestrate the July 2014 murder of Markel, an esteemed Florida State law professor.

She is one of three people charged in Markel’s death, which investigators say was a murder for hire paid for by Markel’s former in-laws. Sigfredo Garcia, the 35-year-old father of two children with Magbanua, is also charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy and solicitation of murder. Magbanua enlisted Garcia, who brought on his childhood friend Luis Rivera to drive from Miami to Tallahassee in a rental car to shoot Markel, Tallahassee police say. ...

Investigators say their motive was $100,000 paid out by the family of Markel’s ex-wife, Wendi Adelson, following the couple’s contentious divorce. Investigators say Adelson’s mother and brother – Donna and Charlie Adelson – paid to have Markel killed because of the family’s desire to have the couple’s two young sons move to South Florida after the split.

The Adelsons have denied any involvement in the killing. No one in the family has been charged. A July trial date has been set for Garcia. Magbanua's trial is scheduled for October.

Forward, Charges Consolidated In Woman Linked To Dan Markel Murder Mystery

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