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Dan Markel Murder Trial Date Set

FSU College of Law

A judge set the trial date Tuesday for the two people acused of murdering Dan Markel.

Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua are scheduled to stand trial for Markel's murder on Sep. 23, 2019.

Prosecutors expect the trial to take three weeks, but defense attorneys argue it could take four to six weeks.

Markel, an FSU law professor, was shot in his driveway in July of 2014.

Garcia and Magbanua are charged with first degree murder, solicitation to commit murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the murder-for-hire plot. Magbanua is believed to have coordinated the hit.

The trial was supposed to begin this month, but was delayed after prosecutors found new evidence on Magbanua's cell phone.

Shawn Mulcahy is a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU. He graduated from Florida State University in 2019 with majors in public relations and political science. He was previously an intern at WFSU, and worked as an Account Coordinator at RB Oppenheim Associates.