Paul L. Caron

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Appeals Court Denies Bail For Katherine Magbanua As She Awaits Trial In Dan Markel's Murder

Tallahassee Democrat, Court Denies Bail For Katherine Magbanua As She Awaits Trial In Dan Markel Killing:

MagnaubaAn appellate court in Tallahassee has denied a request from Katherine Magbanua, the final defendant awaiting trial in the murder of Florida State law professor Dan Markel, to be released from jail on bail. 

In denying the request, a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal said a full "written opinion explaining this disposition will follow." They did not say when.

Magbanua has sought several times to be free on bail but her attorneys have been rebuffed by two circuit judges who say there is enough evidence to hold her until trial.

Her attorneys, Kristen Kawass and Chris DeCoste of Miami, cite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and her October 2019 mistrial. A jury could not agree on charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder or solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

The lawyers pointed to inconsistent testimony by one of Magbanua’s codefendants and to her willingness to testify at trial. 

WCTV, Appeals Court Denies Magbanua Request to be Released From Jail to Await Trial

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