Woman charged in law professor's killing; has ties to his ex
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Police have made a third arrest in the 2014 killing of a Florida State University law professor, a woman with ties both to the family of the victim's ex-wife and one of the alleged shooters.
The Tallahassee Democrat reports that 31-year-old Katherine Magbanua was charged with murder Saturday for the July 2014 slaying of Daniel Markel.
Police have said Magbanua had relationships with one of the alleged gunmen and Charles Adelson, the brother of Markel's ex-wife Wendi Adelson. Court records say Magbanua received payments from the Adelson family.
Adelson family attorney David O. Markus said Sunday that "it's sad" police are pressuring a single mother by threatening to make Magbanua's children parentless in the event of a possible conviction. Markus says the Adelsons had no involvement in Markel's death.
Markel, a nationally renowned criminal justice scholar, was killed in July 2014, shot twice in the head while sitting in his car in his garage. Police have alleged that the motive for the murder was the bitter divorce between Markel and ex-wife Wendi Adelson, and her family's "desperate desire" to have Wendi and her two children move closer to them in south Florida, where the family runs a lucrative dental practice. Markel had successfully fought in court his ex-wife's attempt to relocate with the children.
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