Paul L. Caron

Monday, January 11, 2021

Appeals Court Explains Decision To Deny Bail For Katherine Magbanua As She Awaits Trial In Dan Markel's Murder

Tallahassee Democrat, Appeals Court Judges Explain Bail Denial For Dan Markel Murder Suspect Katherine Magbanua:

Magnauba (2021)Appeals court judges in Tallahassee on Thursday explained their denial of a request by accused Dan Markel murder suspect Katherine Magbanua to be released on bail.

In a 9-page opinion, 1st District Court of Appeal judges Lori Rowe, Joseph Lewis and Ross Bilbrey bolstered their December decision for Magbanua to continue to be held in the Leon County Detention Facility until trial.

Magbanua has sought several times to be released but her attorneys have been rebuffed by two different circuit judges who say there is enough evidence to hold her until trial. She was already on trial once in Markel's death, but the jury deadlocked. ...

Magbanua, 36, is the only one of three suspects in Markel's July 2014 killing whose case has not been disposed.

WCTV, Katherine Magbanua to Remain Behind Bars, Appeals Court Says:

Circuit Judge Robert Wheeler said “the proof of Magbanua’s guilt remained evident and the presumption great,” and the Leon County Sheriff’s Office had COVID-19 measures “sufficient to address any danger to [Magbanua’s] health.”

Magbanua’s re-trial, like many other trials in the Second Circuit, has been delayed indefinitely due to COVID-19.   Her next court date is scheduled in March, but no trial date has been set.

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