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Charlie Adelson's attorney requests an Arthur hearing to push for a bond to be set

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Charlie Adelson’s attorney has requested an Arthur Hearing after Adelson made his first court appearance in Tallahassee Tuesday. Adelson was arrested in connection with the 2014 murder investigation of his former brother-in-law and Florida State University law professor Dan Markel.

Adelson is charged with first-degree murder, solicitation of murder, and conspiracy to commit murder. Under those charges, he is not entitled a bond in the State of Florida, but an Arthur Hearing can be used to try to get him released while he waits for his trial to start.

“Arthur (Hearing) is one by which, in certain serious cases, if a certain heightened level of evidence is present to suggest guilt, then a court can make a determination that a defendant should not be released,” said Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman, who is the lead prosecutor for this case.

Cappleman says these requests are routine in these kinds of cases and she is not shocked by the request. In the hearing, the prosecution will present their evidence and can call witnesses before the judge decides whether Adelson can bond out.

"It is like a thumbnail of the whole case,” said Cappleman, “but nothing like what an actual trial would look like."

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Brett Rutherford is a reporter and news researcher at WFSU Pubic Media. From Riverview, Florida, he has earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Florida State University. During his time at Florida State, he was a reporter within the sports department at WVFS, the student-run on-campus radio station. In 2020, he served as Sports Director during his senior year and hosted the weekly talk show Tomahawk Talk.

Email Brett: brutherford2@fsu.edu