Charlie Adelson and Katherine Magbanua Face Murder Charges
Charlie Adelson faces a variety of charges, including first degree murder, conspiracy to murder and solicitation for murder. Authorities have seized a recording of Adelson’s meeting with Katherine Magbanua (the former girlfriend of Sigfredo Garcia), which was recorded in video. The audio enhancement makes it easier to understand the conversations between the men. Adelson and Magbanua discuss a possible blackmail situation for more than 40 minutes, and undercover FBI agents filmed the entire conversation.
A recording made by FBI agents captured an interview between Katherine Magbanua and Charlie Adelson at the South Beach Mexican restaurant Dulce Vida in 2016. The recording details how Magbanua and Adelson communicated the chain of information regarding Markel’s shooting. Because it was recorded under cover, much of the conversation was previously inaudible. Magbanua is scheduled to stand trial on May 16, while Adelson and Garcia are set to go on trial on the same charges.
The FBI began a sting operation, dubbed “bump,” which was designed to uncover evidence that would lead to the arrest of four Adelson family members. The FBI interviewed the family members. Wendi Adelson (Dan Markel’s exwife) and their mother Donna Adelson were among them. The FBI sleuths are still investigating whether any of these people are responsible for the murder of the Rivera family.
Earlier this week, Charlie Adelson’s attorneys entered not-guilty pleas in the murder of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel. Adelson’s lawyers filed his plea electronically prior to his first court appearance. They will also participate in the discovery process to prepare them for trial. Adelson is being held without bond pending trial. In her first trial, the jury deadlocked at 10-2. A second hearing is expected to be held in a few weeks.
The trial is expected to last approximately two weeks. The judge will decide whether to remand Adelson or release him from prison. The defense attorney, Chris DeCoste, urged jurors to render a wise verdict. The jury will decide if the charges against Adelson are true. The accused are being held without bond in the Tallahassee jail. In addition to a sentence of life in prison, Adelson’s attorneys must file a motion to have Arthur’s case heard.
On Monday, Charlie Adelson, who is accused of murdering a former Florida State University law professor, made his first appearance in Leon County court via Zoom. In jail, he was arraigned on first-degree murder charges and a conspiracy to commit murder. His trial is scheduled for later this month. The next step will be a sentencing hearing. Adelson’s sentencing date is still unknown.
Interviews were conducted with a number of witnesses who were referred to the murder trial. Many of the witnesses said their names were changed after the incident. The suspects had a history of changing their last names. Markel’s ex-wife allegedly changed her sons last names from Markel to Adelson, in spite of the evidence against her. The family said this was a way to cover up the murder. Wendi Adelson’s statements were false. They further alienated the Markels and their children and traumatized a grieving couple.