Markel Murder Case: Katherine Magbanua's retrial is postponed until May
A retrial for a woman accused of helping facilitate the murder of a former Florida State University Law professor has been delayed until May.
Katherine Magbanua is being retried for what prosecutors describe as her role as the go-between in a murder-for-hire. Her previous trial ended in a jury unable to reach a decision. Magbanua's former fiance, Sigfredo Garcia was convicted of killing Dan Markel.
Attorneys filed a joint motion for a continuance over the weekend. They've asked the judge to give an audio expert more time to examine an FFBI audio recording. Agents captured a conversation between Magbanua and Charles Adelson in 2016 at a Miami restaurant.
Charles Adelson is the brother of Wendi Adelson, Dan Markel's ex-wife. She and Markel were involved in a custody dispute over their sons at the time of his death.
Police have described Magbanua as the link between Garcia and Markel's in-laws. Magbanua has maintained she had no involvement in the slaying.
Garcia and Magbanua were tried in tandem, but after the jury couldn’t come to a conclusion in Maganua’s case, the judge declared a mistrial.
The Adelson family has been implicated numerous times in the case but none have been charged.