Paul L. Caron

Monday, September 23, 2019

Five Years After Dan Markel's Murder, Trial Of Two Suspects Begins Today

MarkelTallahassee Democrat, Dan Markel Murder: Trial Begins Monday, 5 Years After Slaying of Distinguished FSU Law Professor:

Any one of the 750 people who received a jury duty summons for this week could end up helping to decide the outcome of one of Tallahassee’s most high-profile murder cases.

Starting Monday morning, groups of potential jurors will be assessed 50 at a time by prosecutors and the attorneys for Katherine Magbanua and Sigfredo Garcia, who are both accused of killing Florida State law professor Dan Markel five years ago.

The murder of the prominent legal scholar in his garage in broad daylight has transfixed the Tallahassee community since 2014.

But the 2016 arrests of three unlikely suspects from South Florida with seemingly no known ties to Markel, and the wicked murder-for-hire plot they are accused of carrying out, turned the case from one of the city's most-enduring mysteries to a true crime drama.

Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman said she expects to begin her opening statements by Thursday. It will be the start of finding closure for Markel’s friends and family. “There is something unusual about that,” she said. “Five years is a long time to resolve a case. So we’ll be happy to get a resolution.” ...

Markel was shot and killed July 19, 2014, in broad daylight inside his Betton Hills garage in what investigators say was a murder-for-hire plot orchestrated by the family of his ex-wife Wendi Adelson.

Her brother and mother, Charlie and Donna Adelson, have been implicated in the murder by investigators. No one in the family has been charged and they have denied any involvement through their attorneys.

Magbanua is the accused conduit between the alleged killers – Garcia and his childhood friend Luis Rivera – and the family, which was upset over a custody battle between Markel and Adelson.

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