GUILTY FL - Dan Markel, 41, FSU Law Professor, Tallahassee, 18 July 2014 *arrests* #11

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Florida State University professor Dan Markel was found in his Tallahassee, Florida, home on Friday. Police say there were no signs of robbery or burglary and have yet to disclose any motive.
According to Tallahassee police, officers found Markel after a neighbor called 911 at about 11 a.m. with reports of a "loud bang."

Markel, 41, was rushed to a local hospital, where he died the following day. "While we cannot release specific information or details regarding this case, the Violent Crimes Unit is releasing that Mr. Markel's cause of death was a fatal gunshot wound to the head," Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said in a statement.
By Monday, police had categorized the case as a homicide, and according to Tallahassee Police Department spokesman David Northway, Markel was the intended target.
Clues sought in slaying of FSU law professor Dan Markel - CNN

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Charlie Adelson makes 1st court appearance after murder arrest
 

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.Magbanua files motion to block use of audio and transcript of secret recording in murder trial of Dan Markel (wtxl.com)
''TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Katherine Magbanua’s defense filed a motion to dismiss the newly released enhanced audio and transcription of the FBI recording of Katherine Magbanua and Charlie Adelson.

The video—taken in 2016—shows Adelson and Magbanua in a South Florida Restaurant talking about the investigation.

The defense says that the “demonstrative” is inadmissible in court, and doesn’t show the full conversation, with some parts of the conversation difficult to hear.''
 

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well said and accurate. We can certainly see that the prosecution has hesitated to pursue the Adelson family for many years in spite of quite a bit of evidence. The fact that they now are ready to pursue CA indicates that they are finally making the move. I can’t see anything so far that comes close to implicating Wendi legally but Donna has said a number of things that put her close to a conspiracy count.

Wendi is another matter. She must have known that DM was going north on the Saturday am to see Amy Adler in NY. Flying out. Luiz Rivera references a call regarding Dan's movements that came through just after they were spotted in Betton Hills on the Thursday. I forget if this is mentioned in the proffer or in court. The issue is not really hearsay problems but to prove he could hear what KM told Garcia. Clearly it depends on the speaker volume and how far the handset was from SG's ear. Why would Wendi know ? Childcare coordination. It's simple.

Either Amy Adler would have to testify that D. Markel kept WJA apprised of all his movements like this travel to NY to see her (that's a bit of a leap of faith for a jury) or CJA would have to testify that Wendi told him this and he passed it on to S Garcia via KM.

KM's testifying that she got the information from CJA is only inferential as to where the information came from. Everything that Wendi agreed to knowing at KM's trial is covered by the indemnity agreement. That's why getting Ms Adler involved would be critical.

On the Thursday before the shooting (viz. 17th July 14), WJA was allegedly near the house on the foot path (L. Rivera proffer information) . She saw SG and LR in the car viewing the area according to LR. She rang someone, likely CJA, when the Prius drove off (LR says he saw her with a cell phone in his rear vision mirror ) . If Charlie were to divulge what that call was all about , it might put Wendi in a bad position vs prosecution. Either LR was lying on this matter or the police have the metadata for that call. If the call went to Donna, I don't think investigators will get anywhere. Police were pussyfooting around this matter at the first trial (even suggesting it would be unlikely she could get there from the university in time.) but of course Wendi was on the stand as a witness then. Surprise - the University was not in session- it was summer holiday time.
 

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Answer - contraction for received.

Purchase of a condominium unit by June Umchinda just 3-4 months after the mistrial of K Magbanua in 2019:
Property Appraiser, Palm Beach County, Florida, USA
PROPERTY APPRAISER PUBLIC ACCESS
Umchinda June | 8649 Boca Glades Blvd W A, Boca Raton 33434
Sales Date Price OR Book/Page Sale Type Owner
MAR-2020 $227,000 31353 / 01064 WARRANTY DEED UMCHINDA JUNE

My contact advises there appears to be no Mortgage !! on this property.

Remember at this point in time the Adelsons knew there would be a retrial of KM. Or the timing might be pure coincidence.
 

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Speaking of this. Can you, or anyone else, explain what her immunity deal was during that trial and if she still has one and what exactly that means?

Anyone may be subpoenaed to testify in court BUT the 5th Amendment permits anyone to refuse to testify. Therefore, Wendi's attorneys would have instructed her to simply take the 5th had the prosecution not granted immunity. Granting immunity eliminates the 5th Amendment by agreeing that NOTHING the witness testifies to may be used against her in any other proceeding. Therefore, the prosecution agreed to give Wendi that immunity so she would not be able to claim the 5th. It will be up to the prosecution whether they wish to grant that immunity to her again (or to anyone else).

It is worth noting that the defense served notice they would be calling the Adelson family members as witnesses during the upcoming trial. Their strategy would obviously be to force the Adelsons to take the 5th Amendment, which would suggest to the jury that they are the real culprits. However, if the court knows a party will be taking the 5th, the court will often prohibit having the witness do so in front of the jury due to it being prejudicial. Therefore, the prosecution has moved to prevent the defense from employing this strategy. I haven't seen that the court has ruled, but I would expect the motion will be granted and we will not see any Adelsons testify. I doubt that Wendi will be given immunity for this trial since either the prosecution or the defense can play video of her previous testimony should they want to use it.
 

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A day late - but I'll post just to keep my notes straight.

Friday, April 22nd:
*First Appearance (@ am ET) - FL – Daniel Eric Markel (41) (shot to death July 18, 2014, Tallahassee) - *Charles Jay Adelson (45) was indicted (4/20/22) & arrested, booked & charged (4/21/22) with 1st degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder & solicitation of murder. No bond. Broward County jail / on hold for Leon County
4/21/22 Update: Adelson was taken into custody "without incident" Thursday morning at his home by the FBI. State Attorney Jack Campbell said Adelson was indicted Wednesday by a Leon County Grand Jury in connection with Markel's July 2014 execution-style shooting in Tallahassee, which investigators say was a murder-for-hire financed by his in-laws. The state attorney said newly enhanced audio from a secret recording done at a South Florida restaurant led to Adelson’s arrest. He also lauded the extensive work of investigators. The so-called Dulce Vida recording, taken in 2016 by FBI agents at the Miami restaurant of the same name, captures a conversation between Magbanua & Charlie Adelson in which they allegedly discuss undercover agents approaching his mom about Markel’s shooting. Prosecutors say the conversations detail the chain of information flow about the murder conspiracy. First appearance hearing on 4/22/22.
4/22/22 Update: Adelson appeared remotely in a Zoom hearing with judge Phoebee Francois. Judge Francois found probable cause on the charges Adelson faces of murder & conspiracy. Adelson’s defense attorney, David Oscar Markus, asked about a bond hearing for Adelson. He said he understood Adelson could not get that hearing Friday & it would have to come after Adelson was brought to Tallahassee to face the charges. Markus asked how long it would take before Adelson was transported to Leon County. The judge & court staff told him it could happen within a week.
 

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(13) Florida Dentist Allegedly Hired Hitmen To Kill Ex-Brother-In-Law - YouTube

HUNTER: Toronto prof's brother-in-law charged as murder mastermind | Toronto Sun
April 22 2022 rbbm.
''On July 18, 2014, in the garage of his Tallahassee home, the acclaimed Florida State University professor was shot to death by a pair of hitmen.

The bullets that tore into the 41-year-old Toronto-born academic were allegedly a “divorce present” from his former brother-in-law.''

“I’ve heard that conspiracy cases are notoriously slow,” friend Karen Cyphers told The Toronto Sun from Florida. “There was a lot of moving parts. But Charlie’s arrest shows that law enforcement and prosecutors never relented in seeking justice.”

''She described her friend as a “vibrant, dedicated human being.”

''Detectives always had one suspect in their sights: Dr. Charles Adelson, a 45-year-old Fort Lauderdale dentist and the brother of Markel’s ex-wife Wendi.

Now, cops allege it was Adelson who was the mastermind behind the shocking murder. He was arrested by the U.S. Marshals on Thursday and charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy.''

Investigators have also always suspected that Markel’s former wife Wendi, her mother Donna and father Harvey were also part of the plot and have publicly named them as co-conspirators.''

“They don’t just throw those words around,” Cyphers said, adding that Wendi’s one brother was not involved and assisted in the probe.''
 

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My favorite irony (thus far) with regard to the new development: Charlie will soon be moved from Fort Lauderdale (Broward County) to Tallahassee (Leon County), where his mother and sister (and father) cannot easily see/visit him. Ya gotta love it. Brings it full circle, doesn't it?
 

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Anyone may be subpoenaed to testify in court BUT the 5th Amendment permits anyone to refuse to testify. Therefore, Wendi's attorneys would have instructed her to simply take the 5th had the prosecution not granted immunity. Granting immunity eliminates the 5th Amendment by agreeing that NOTHING the witness testifies to may be used against her in any other proceeding. Therefore, the prosecution agreed to give Wendi that immunity so she would not be able to claim the 5th. It will be up to the prosecution whether they wish to grant that immunity to her again (or to anyone else).

It is worth noting that the defense served notice they would be calling the Adelson family members as witnesses during the upcoming trial. Their strategy would obviously be to force the Adelsons to take the 5th Amendment, which would suggest to the jury that they are the real culprits. However, if the court knows a party will be taking the 5th, the court will often prohibit having the witness do so in front of the jury due to it being prejudicial. Therefore, the prosecution has moved to prevent the defense from employing this strategy. I haven't seen that the court has ruled, but I would expect the motion will be granted and we will not see any Adelsons testify. I doubt that Wendi will be given immunity for this trial since either the prosecution or the defense can play video of her previous testimony should they want to use it.

Previous testimony cannot be used against HER but It can be used against any member of her family (or KM for that matter). The issue is if she is asked to expand on that earlier testimony in the current case she may well have amnesia or start lying.


FSU Law Professor Murder Trial Day 2 Witness: Wendi Adelson Testifies - Law and Crime Network.

32:53 Prosecutor Cappleman : "Was Mr Markel planning to leave town the day after he was murdered ?" Wendi J A : "I believe he was ".

This is critical to her involvement. As LR and SG got a message to this effect from KM (that the last day to execute him was the Friday ) as they sat in the car in the park on the Thursday after the presence of WJA outside the house spooked them on Thurs July 17th 2014. We have only Luiz Rivera's sworn testimony on that . KM has never come clean on any of it - who knows - at the retrial which is imminent, this matter may come up again . The only way KM would know this is the path WJA to CJA to KM. Only someone close to D Markel in Tallahassee would know this. Wendi would know because of the childcare arrangements.

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FSU Law Professor Murder Trial Day 2 Witness: Wendi Adelson Testifies - Law and Crime Network.

32:53 Prosecutor Cappleman : "Was Mr Markel planning to leave town the day after he was murdered ?" Wendi J A : "I believe he was ".

This is critical to her involvement as LR and SG got a telephonic message to this effect from KM (that the last day to execute him was the Friday ) as they sat in the car in the park on the Thursday after the presence of WJA outside the house spooked them on Thurs July 17th 2014. We have only Luiz Rivera's sworn testimony on that . KM has never come clean on any of it - who knows - at the retrial which is imminent, this matter may come up again .

The only way KM would know this is the likely path WJA to CJA to KM (Donna never had anything to do with KM) . Only someone close to D Markel in Tallahassee would know his travel arrangements (and Amy Adler would ) . Wendi would know because of the childcare arrangements.

All of this is protected by the immunity arrangement (Yikes ) unless the same information (WJA's pre knowledge) can be obtained by independent means. Amy Adler could be very helpful there. But it would only be her statements about the way WJA and Dan organised things while DM was out of town. If the prosecution Breaks KM with a deal (fat chance of that at this stage I think) she can testify how she knew of his movements.
 
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