A Florida dentist was arrested Thursday on expenses that he employed hit men to kill his former brother-in-law, Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel.
Markel, 41, was shot and killed on July 18, 2014, as he sat in his automobile speaking on his cellphone. At the time, he was going via a bitter divorce with Charles Adelson’s sister.
Prosecutors allege that Adelson, 45, conspired to kill Markel as a result of his sister, Wendi Adelson, was not ready to transfer from Tallahassee to the Fort Lauderdale space with her two kids due to a joint custody settlement.
A Leon County grand jury returned an indictment Wednesday charging Charles Adelson with first-degree homicide, conspiracy to commit homicide, and solicitation to commit homicide. Online jail data present that he’s being held with out bond on the Broward County jail.
His former girlfriend, Katherine Magbanua, was additionally named as a defendant within the indictment on the identical expenses.
Magbanua had already been charged within the case for allegedly organizing the hit, however is scheduled to be retried subsequent month for first-degree homicide after a jury hung in 2019.
The indictment alleges that Charles Adelson and Magbanua conspired with one another to commit the homicide. It says they solicited Sigfredo Garcia, the daddy of Magbanua’s kids, in addition to Garcia’s buddy, Luis Rivera, to perform the crime.
Garcia is serving a life sentence after he was convicted in 2019 of first-degree homicide. Rivera is serving a 19-year sentence after pleading responsible to second-degree homicide in change for testifying towards Garcia and Magbanua.
Leon County State Attorney Jack Campbell mentioned in a press release that Charles Adelson was indicted after technicians had been ready to improve the sound on an April 2016 video recording made secretly of him speaking to Magbanua whereas he had been underneath surveillance.
““This recording consists of statements by Charles Adelson which will be heard clearly for the primary time,” Campbell mentioned.
In the recording, launched Thursday, Charles Adelson instructed Magbanua that if the police knew something, “we would have already gone to the airport.” He then instructed her that the police merely placing somebody in a automobile or with another person isn’t sufficient for a conviction and that prosecutors want proof the particular person was concerned within the crime. At different factors within the dialog, he mentioned he was not concerned in Markel’s demise.
David Markus and Margot Moss, Charles Adelson’s attorneys, mentioned in a press release Friday that he’s harmless and “prosecutors don’t have any new data that led to this arrest.” They referred to as the transfer an act of “desperation” and mentioned the audio recordings exonerate their shopper as a result of he repeatedly denied his involvement.