FSU Law Professor's Shooting Death Not Random: 'He Was The Intended Victim'

Jul 21, 2014

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Credit FSU College of Law

Tallahassee Police believe a Florida State University law professor was the intended victim of a homicide, and his shooting was not random. Police are asking for help from the public as they continue investigating the Friday morning incident leading to his death.

Police are assuring residents in the Betton Hills neighborhood the shooting does not appear to be related to a home invasion, robbery or other random crime. FSU College of Law Professor Daniel Markel died after being found Friday with a gunshot in his home on Trescott Drive. 

Outside the home Monday, Tallahassee Police spokesman Dave Northway said people who were in the area are urged to contact police.

“Anybody walking the neighborhood, jogging the neighborhood, at that time on Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon, to please call us, and then we can call you, because, again, this is like a puzzle, and any piece of the puzzle can make everything come together," he says. 

Any information leading to an arrest could be rewarded with up to $1,000.

Northway could not comment on whether police have a suspect or whether they believe Markel knew his killer. He says there’s not believed to be a continued threat to people in the area.