TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A South Florida woman is pleading not guilty to first-degree murder charges over her alleged role in the shooting death of a Florida State University law professor.
Katherine Magbanua entered her plea during a court hearing on Tuesday. She was indicted last month for the 2014 killing of Daniel Markel who was gunned down in his Tallahassee garage.
Police have maintained that a bitter divorce sparked a murder-for-hire plot that resulted in Markel’s death. Detectives contend Magbanua had a romantic relationship with the brother of Wendi Adelson, Markel’s ex-wife, and lived with Sigfredo Garcia, one of the alleged gunmen. She had two children with him.
Two attorneys representing Magbanua did not want to discuss the case because Magbanua will be back in court on Friday for a bond request hearing.