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Third suspect arrested in Law School Professor Murder, More likely to come

October 3rd, 2016 by Mike Vasilinda

A third arrest in the murder for hire of an FSU law professor has been made, but as Mike Vasilinda tells us, police say the case isn’t over yet.

Police continue to say the motive for the murder was the slain professors refusal to allow the couples two children to move to South Florida to be close to their maternal grandparents.

31 year old Katherine Magbanua is the third person charged with First Degree Murder in the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel.

Magbanua is the mother of children fathered by suspected hit man Sigfredo Garcia. She also dated Charlie Adelson, the brother of the law professors ex-wife.

In probable cause affidavits, police say a pattern calls developed. It started with a call  from Garcia to Magbanua who then called Charlie Adelson. He then called his mother Donna and then back down the chain as the plot was being carried hatched. After the murder, Magbanua deposited more than 50 thousand dollars, mostly in cash.

The new probable cause document is identical to one released three weeks ago when prosecutors declined to press charges, except for one thing. The end of it is heavily redacted, indicating new information.

Co Defendant Luis Rivera’s request to have the trial move has been denied. So was a motion to declare the death penalty unconstitutional. His lawyer, Charles Collins told us last month Rivera wasn’t cooperating.

“they are seeking the death penalty against him. He has noting to gain at this point in time by that.”

No one from the Adelson family has been charged. Police spokesman Lt. David Northway says they are not done yet.

“I can only say the ongoing investigation doesn’t allow me to give you the details of what’s been related out of the details of the case.”

Suspects Garcia and Rivera both have hearings this week. Magbanua remains in the Broward County Jail, but is expected to be moved to Tallahassee soon.

Police continue to say the motive for the murder was the slain professors refusal to allow the couples two children to move to South Florida to be close to their maternal grandparents.

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