Florida State University College of Law professor Dan Markel, 41, was found dead in his garage in July 2014. The Harvard Law grad was shot in the head. In May 2016, two men, Sigfredo Garcia, 34, and Luis Rivera, 33, were arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Both will go to trial in November. Investigators believe Markel’s ex-wife (who was also a law professor at FSU) hired the men to kill her ex-husband. The Tallahassee Democrat reported on September 9, 2016: “Police have said since May, Charlie and Donna Adelson (Dan Markel’s in-laws) were involved in Markel’s 2014 shooting, which followed his acrimonious divorce and their deep desire to move the couple’s two young children closer to them in South Florida.”
In August 2015, Dan Markel’s estate filed a notice of intent to sue The Consolidated Dispatch Agency (CDA). It took 19 minutes for an ambulance to arrive at Markel’s house. (Markel died the next day in the hospital.) A grand jury said: “A quicker response may have led to the apprehension of the suspect in that case.” CDA settled with the Markel estate ($40,000) to avoid litigation. ABC 20/20 will air its investigative report of Markel’s murder on Friday, September 16 at 10pm.
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