One of two men accused of carrying out a hit on a beloved Florida State University law professor was back in Tallahassee before a judge Wednesday. Matt Galka has the details.
Luis Rivera appeared via video screen in a red and white jumpsuit Wednesday morning for his first appearance in Leon County court. The hearing lasted less than 10 minutes. Rivera was transferred and booked into Leon County jail Tuesday night. He was cordial throughout.
Police say Rivera and another man, Sigfredo Garcia, drove to Tallahassee from South Florida to carry out a hit on Florida State University law professor Dan Markell in 2014.
“You are not to have any contact with your codefendent, so no contact with Mr. Garcia or the victim’s family,” said Judge Layne Smith.
Surveillance video allegedly shows the two men tailing Markell from the gym on the day he was murdered. A photo from later the same day shows Rivera and Garcia at an ATM together.
The other suspect in the case, Sigfredo Garcia, has already pleaded guilty.
Garcia’s bond hearing was originally scheduled last week, but was delayed. His lawyer says the state only has circumstantial evidence. Rivera will be appointed a public defender.
A grand jury indicted both Rivera and Garcia on first degree murder charges earlier this month.Rivera is a Miami Latin King’s gang leader was already serving 12 years on a different racketeering charge when he was named a suspect in the murder.