The wheels of justice could flip slowly however they’re nonetheless turning. Some eight years after legislation professor Dan Markel was assassinated in his driveway, Katharine Magbanua obtained a life sentence plus 60 years for her position in his killing.
The two males who killed Markel had been captured in 2016, with one of many gunmen telling authorities that the pair had been employed to carry out the homicide as a result of “the lady wants her two kids back.” Markel and ex-wife Wendi Adelson had been in a custody dispute on the time over her need to uproot the youngsters from Tallahassee, the place Markel was educating at FSU Law, to South Florida. Wendi did transfer the children after Markel’s homicide.
Prosecutors efficiently argued that Magbanua was concerned in hiring her ex-boyfriend, Sigfredo Garcia, and his pal to behave because the hitmen. She was relationship Wendi Adelson’s brother Charlie on the time of the slaying. Charlie Adelson was arrested earlier this 12 months after legislation enforcement reported that technological advances lastly unlocked surveillance audio of Adelson and Magbanua that was too garbled to make out.
Gibson Dunn’s Orin Snyder and Matt Benjamin, representing the Markel household, launched the next assertion:
Dan Markel was brutally murdered greater than eight years in the past. Today’s sentencing of Katharine Magbanua marks one other essential step towards accountability and justice. We are grateful for the efforts of legislation enforcement and the State Attorney’s Office in advancing the felony case towards Charles Adelson and in persevering with to pursue all these answerable for Dan’s homicide.
For her half, Magbanua’s lawyer Tara Kawass learn an announcement explaining that Magbanua “wants each and every person who had a hand in this and knows something about this to be brought to justice.” That suggests fairly the shift after years of not cooperating with authorities. With Charlie Adelson dealing with trial down the street, Magbanua might be testifying once more within the close to future.
At the chance of studying an excessive amount of into it, her phrases additionally point out that there are each folks with “a hand in this” and individuals who “know something about this” nonetheless on the market, lending credence to longstanding hypothesis that the case towards Charlie Adelson gained’t allege that he “went rogue” however had assist or a minimum of encouragement from others.
Adelson’s trial isn’t set but, however prosecutors are hopeful to have a trial in January, February, or March of 2023.
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