Trial for Charlie Adelson, accused in murder-for-hire plot, to move forward

Posted at 8:45 PM, August 25, 2023 and last updated 1:15 AM, August 29, 2023

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Scripps News Tallahassee) — The man accused of hiring hitmen to kill a Florida State University law professor appeared before a judge on Friday.

A man sits in court

Charlie Adelson appears in court Friday, Sept. 9, 2022, in Leon County for an Arthur Hearing. Adelson, who is accused of plotting the murder of his former brother-in-law, was denied pre-trial release. (Court TV)

Charlie Adelson is facing charges in the death of his former brother-in-law Dan Markel in 2014.

The trial for Adelson was expected to begin in April 2023 but it was pushed back.

Judge Robert Wheeler granted the defense’s request to keep interviews and recordings of Katherine Magbanua sealed.

Some media groups wanted access to those materials, but the judge said that would interfere with Adelson’s right to a fair trial

Magbanua was Adelson’s former girlfriend. In 2022, she was sentenced to 30 years for solicitation to commit murder and another 30 years for Conspiracy to commit murder in Markel’s death.

Sigfredo Garcia, Magbanua’s ex-boyfriend and father of her children, was convicted in 2019 and sentenced to life for his role in the murder.

The trial for Adelson could last for weeks.

Tentative timeline:

  • Pre-trial hearing set for Friday, October 20th.
  • Jury selection Monday, October 23rd.

This story was originally published on August 25, 2023, by Scripps News Tallahassee, an E.W. Scripps Company.