Paul L. Caron

Monday, April 29, 2019

Dan Markel's Parents Want Justice As Suspects Finally Head To Trial In Murder-For-Hire Case

Markel 3Inside Edition, Dan Markel's Parents Want Justice as Suspects Head to Trial in Murder-for-Hire Case:

It's been nearly five years since prominent law professor Dan Markel was shot to death in the driveway of his Florida home. Now, his parents are reliving the nightmare — and seeking justice — as the suspects in the murder-for-hire case head to trial.

In July 2014, Markel was shot twice in the head as he pulled into his garage at his Tallahassee home. ...

Two suspects, who have pled not guilty, are going on trial in June in connection with Markel's murder. Katherine Magbanua allegedly enlisted the father of her children, Sigfredo Garcia, and another man, Luis Rivera, to pull off the shooting. Rivera entered into a plea deal with prosecutors and claims that Garcia is the person who shot Markel. Rivera pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is expected to testify at the trial.

Prosecutors say Magbanua had dated Wendy Adelson's brother. According to a police affidavit, “investigators believe the motive for this murder stemmed from the desperate desire of the Adelson family to relocate Wendi and the children to” Coral Springs. No one in the Adelson family has been arrested or charged. They have denied any involvement in the murder and call the police's theory about a possible motive "fanciful fiction."

"I'm looking for justice. I'm looking for answers," Phil Markel told Inside Edition.

"This is no accident," Ruth Markel said.

Phil and Ruth now live in Toronto and claim they have been banned for nearly three years from seeing their grandchildren.

"We haven't received any photos. We haven't received anything at all from the boys," Phil said.

They said they’ve made many attempts to communicated with their ex-daughter-in-law, but they claim she only responds to text messages. “It’s as minimal as it can be,” according to Ruth.

The grandparents said losing both their son and grandchildren at the same time has been difficult.

"Danny is not coming back, but to lose his two sons that meant so much to him and to us, of course, it's like rubbing salt in the wound," said Phil.

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The legal maneuvers in this case have astounded me. I expect it to continue until the kids reach 18 years of age and their maternal grandmother dies. That side of the family will then blame the grandmother and get off without prison time.

Posted by: AMTbuff | Apr 29, 2019 9:43:52 AM