Paul L. Caron

Monday, February 7, 2022

The Dan Markel Murder Case: Is Wendi Adelson Now A Suspect?

Following up on last week's post, Feb. 14 Dan Markel Murder Trial Postponed Until May To Give CIA Analyst Time To Analyze Recording Of Conversation Between Katherine Magbanua And Charlie Adelson:

AdelsonDavid Lat (Original Jurisdiction), The Dan Markel Case: Justice Delayed, Again:

And another interesting development: is Wendi Adelson now a suspect?

It’s hard to believe that in a few months, eight long years will have passed since the horrific murder of Dan Markel, a renowned law professor. The theory of law enforcement is that after Markel’s bitter divorce from fellow law professor Wendi Adelson, which involved a contentious child-custody battle, the Adelson family hired two hit men to kill Markel. ...

There was an intriguing new mention of Wendi Adelson in the pretrial briefing ...

In late January, in the briefing for motions in limine for Magbanua’s retrial—i.e., motions about what evidence to exclude from the trial—this interesting new nugget surfaced (first flagged by @justice4danm on Twitter):


Up to this point, the prosecution has not explicitly described Wendi Adelson, Dan Markel’s ex-wife at the time of his murder, as a co-conspirator. One theory is that Wendi, although a “beneficiary” of the murder commissioned by her brother Charlie and mother Donna, did not know in advance of the plot and did not participate in it.

Did this reference to Wendi as a “co-conspirator” mean that the government had changed its view of Wendi or obtained new evidence suggesting her involvement in the murder plot? Might the government (finally) move to arrest and prosecute Wendi or other Adelsons?

I reached out to the lead prosecutor, Georgia Cappleman, who provided this explanation: ...

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