Charles Adelson arrested in Dan Markel murder-for-hire case

Nearly eight years after a Florida law professor, Dan Markel, was shot dead in his garage by hitmen, his former brother-in-law has been arrested in connection with his murder.

According to Broward County Jail records, Charlie Adelson was convicted of first degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder. He was taken into custody at his home by the US Marshals Service.

The news was a bombshell Thursday morning in one of the capital’s highest profile cases – one that has been chronicled for years by the Tallahassee Democrat and around the world on TV dramas about true crimes ranging from “Dateline” to “20/20.”

Refresh your memory on the case and find our previous coverage below.

Charlie Adelson arrested:Latest twist in Florida professor Dan Markel’s 2014 murder-for-hire case

Who is Charlie Adelson?

Charlie Adelson, 45, is the brother of Wendi Adelson and the former brother-in-law of Dan Markel. Wendi and Dan were divorced before the murder.

In 2019, investigators alleged the Adelson family paid $100,000 to have Markel killed.

Charlie was romantically involved with Katherine Magbanua at the time of the murder. Magbanua was charged in connection with the murder-for-hire conspiracy as a conduit between the Adelsons and the killers.

Adelson, a Fort Lauderdale dentist, and his mother Donna Adelson were implicated in Markel’s murder from the start.

Investigators say the motive for the murder “stemmed from the Adelson family’s desperate desire” that Markel’s ex-wife, Wendi Adelson, and the couple’s two young sons be allowed to move to South Florida.

Who was Dan Markel?

Dan Markel

Dan Markel was an FSU law professor who was shot and murdered in his driveway in July 2014.

The murder of the prominent jurist in his garage in broad daylight has shocked the Tallahassee community.

What led to Charlie Adelson’s arrest?

State’s Attorney Jack Campbell said Adelson was indicted by a Leon County grand jury on Wednesday in connection with Markel’s July 2014 shooting in Tallahassee, which investigators believe was a murder. on behalf of others financed by his in-laws.

Campbell said newly enhanced audio from a secret recording made at a South Florida restaurant led to Adelson’s arrest. He also praised the considerable work of the investigators.

“That’s the new evidence,” Campbell said. “We were able to hear things from the Dulce video that we weren’t able to hear until this latest enhancement. We never stopped working on it and appreciate the efforts of all of our partners in charge of the ‘law application.

The so-called Dulce Vida recording, taken in 2016 by FBI agents at the restaurant of the same name in Miami, captures a conversation between Katherine Magbanua and Charlie Adelson in which they allegedly discussed undercover agents approaching her mother about of Markel’s shooting, which prosecutors say detail the chain of news about the murder plot.

Until recently, when the audio was enhanced by a specialist, much of the conversation was inaudible.

Adelson is charged with the same offenses as Sigfredo Garcia, the gunman who traveled to Tallahassee and shot Markel, and Magbanua, who is due to stand trial May 16.

Who has already been arrested/convicted for this murder?

Charlie Adelson: Stopped on Thursday, April 21, 2021

Sifredo Garcia: A Leon County, Florida judge sentenced Sigfredo Garcia to life in prison in October 2019. Jurors found the defendant guilty of being one of the men who killed the University law professor of State of Florida, Dan Markel.

Katherine Magbanua: After Magbanua’s defense team and prosecutors from the State’s Attorney’s Office agreed that a CIA analyst needed more time to analyze a key recording in the alleged murder-for-hire case. Others, Katherine Magbanua’s murder trial has been moved to start on May 16. His trial was previously scheduled to begin on February 14.

Luis Rivera: Key state witness; Testified in 2019 that he was with Garcia when Markel was murdered; Pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for a 19-year sentence to run concurrently with a federal sentence in a case unrelated to his statements and cooperation with prosecutors.

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Grace Pateras is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. Follow her on Twitter at @gracepateras.

Charles Adelson arrested in Dan Markel murder-for-hire case

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