Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Two men indicted in murder of FSU law professor

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE — A grand jury has indicted two men on first-degree murder charges in the July 2014 shooting of a Florida State University law professor.

Leon County jurors began deliberating Thursday and returned formal charges Friday against Sigfredo Garcia and Luis Rivera. They are accused of killing of Daniel Markel, who was shot in the head as he talked on his cellphone in his garage.

Garcia was picked up last month in South Florida by the FBI and Tallahassee police. He remains in the Leon County Jail without bond. Rivera is currently in a federal prison for an unrelated crime.

Court records released earlier this month show that Markel's shooting was part of a murder-for-hire scheme that may have been set in motion by a bitter divorce between Markel and his ex-wife, fellow attorney Wendi Adelson.

A Tallahassee Police Department affidavit that was unsealed by a judge does not say who is suspected of arranging the killing.

Markel and Adelson divorced in 2013. Court records show that the two fought over Adelson's push to move her two small children to South Florida to be closer to her family. At the time of Markel's death, the records show, the two were battling over money.

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