There were no leads in the case of a Florida state Professor killed execution style in 2014…until now. As Matt Galka tells us, police investigating the nearly two year old murder case now have a suspect in custody.
For nearly two years, the murder of Florida State University Law Professor Dan Markel was a mystery. All questions and no answers.
Until Thursday. The Tallahassee Police Department announced 34 yeard old Sigfredo Garcia was arrested in connection with the murder of Markel.
“This has effected all of us here in our community,” said TPD Public Information Officer David Northway.
But that’s about all they would say. TPD requested the probably cause affidavit be sealed.
“This is still an active criminal investigation. In order not to jeopardize this ongoing investigation, the probable cause in this case has been sealed by Judge Sjostrom,” said Chief Michael DeLeo.
A motive has not been made clear. Speculation around the community was that Markel was killed in a murder for hire plot.
“I can’t give any details of what led to the arrest,” said Northway.
The suspect had a lengthy wrap sheet of prior arrests. Neighbor Reggie Garcia isn’t ready to say there is closure in the case.
“If you look at his 22 arrests, including some violent arrests the last few years, it appears he was one of potentially several folks involved in this,” he said.
Others in the neighborhood say Markel’s death still affects them.
“We never forget, we’re always second guessing. Yea, I lock the door, or look to see who’s been in my yard,” said neighbor Lee Johnson.
Sigfredo Garcia made his first appearance in Broward County Thursday morning where he said he was unaware there was a warrant out for his arrest.
Garcia still needs to be transferred from Broward County to Leon County.