Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Grand Jury Indicts Donna Adelson In Dan Markel's Murder, Two Days After Miami Airport Arrest

Tallahassee Democrat, Grand Jury Indicts Donna Adelson in Dan Markel murder Two Days After Miami Airport Arrest:

Adelson (Donna) (Mug Shot 1)Donna Adelson, the matriarch of the South Florida family suspected for years in the hired killing of Dan Markel, was indicted in his murder on Wednesday, two days after she attempted to flee the country to Vietnam.

A Leon County grand jury returned an indictment charging her with first-degree murder and conspiracy and solicitation in the death of her former son-in-law — the same crimes for which her son, Charlie Adelson, was convicted last week.

Adelson, 73, was arrested Monday night as she and her husband, Harvey Adelson, attempted to board a flight out of Miami International Airport with one-way tickets to Vietnam, which has no extradition treaty with the United States. The couple booked the flight the day after their son was found guilty.

She is being held without bond in the Miami-Dade Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center but will be transferred within a couple of weeks to the Leon County Detention Facility.

Donna and Harvey's travel plans were interrupted by law enforcement agencies including the FBI. She had discussed the possibility of fleeing to a country with no extradition treaty in monitored jail phone calls with her son, according to the arrest warrant.

Tallahassee Democrat, Who is Donna Adelson? Evidence Against Latest Person Charged in Dan Markel Murder-For-Hire:

In the arrest affidavit, investigators said that Donna was complicit and a flight risk, citing jailhouse calls she made to Charlie after he was found guilty saying she was putting her financial affairs in order and planning to leave, either through self-harm or by getting out of the country.

"Donna discusses plans for a suicide," the affidavit says, "but also discusses plans to flee to a non-extradition country. Donna Sue Adelson has considerable financial resources to do this."

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