Suspects facing additional charges in Dan Markel murder make first appearances

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 9, 2018

Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Katherine Magbanua and Sigfredo Garcia, the two suspects facing additional charges in the murder of Florida State University professor Dan Markel, made their first appearances on Friday morning.

In addition to first degree murder, the two are now also facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder.

Garcia's attorney told WCTV on Thursday that he was not informed of the additional charges. First appearances were pushed back to Friday to allow for both suspect's attorneys to be present.

Magbanua's attorney tells us, "Years into the case and they're still trying to figure out charges?...Very reason why they've wrongfully included Katie."


Magbanua's attorney says she will plead not guilty to the new charges.

Bond has been set at $100,000 for each of the new counts.


Garcia's attorney said in court on Friday that he does not see probable cause for either count, contending that there's no evidence to support conspiracy or solicitation.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- First appearances for Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua have been rescheduled for Friday morning so their defense attorneys can be present.

The two are now facing additional charges of conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder in the death of FSU professor Dan Markel.

Garcia and Magbanua appeared at a Thursday morning court hearing via video link from the jail, but their attorneys were not present.

Garcia's attorney, Saam Zangeneh, says he was not informed of the additional charges and plans to join Friday's court hearing by phone.

Court records indicate Magbanua's attorneys plan to join by phone from Miami.

"I thought they were ready for trial? That’s what they keep telling the Judge," Magbanua's attorney, Christopher DeCoste, said in a statement Thursday. "Yet years into the case and they’re still trying to figure out charges? This means they don’t understand the case and is the very reason why they’ve wrongfully included Katie.”


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The state has filed new charges against Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua.

The two - who are awaiting trial later this year in the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel - are now facing additional charges of conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder.

Garcia and Magbanua both waived their first court appearances on Thursday morning, as the judge is allowing them to wait for their attorneys to be present.

Lead prosecutor Georgia Cappleman says she filed the new charges, now alleging a conspiracy before and after Markel's murder. She contends Magbanua solicited Garcia's help in committing the murder and he in turn solicited the help of Luis Rivera, who has already entered a plea in the case.

Cappleman says this does not suggest charges will be filed against anyone else in the case.

Cappleman continues to say she's considering a motion to try Garcia and Magbanua together. Right now, they are scheduled to be tried separately later this year. Garcia's trial is set for July, Magbanua's for October.


By: Aubrey Brown | WCTV Eyewitness News
February 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- New charges have been brought against two people accused in the murder of Florida State University Law professor Dan Markel.

Sigfredo Garcia, 35, and Katherine Magbanua, 33, have each been charged with conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder. The two are already awaiting trial for first degree murder.

Dan Markel was shot at point blank range in his garage in July of 2014. The shocking shooting was followed by allegations that his death was the result of a murder for hire plot.

Garcia is the accused trigger man, with Magbanua accused of acting as the go-between. Luis Rivera, who allegedly acted as the getaway driver, accepted a plea deal and is expected to testify against Garcia and Magbanua.

The pair was previously scheduled to stand trial for the murder on January 22, but a judge granted a delay. The judge set Magbanua's trial for October 8. Garcia is set to stand trial July 9 and is facing the death penalty.

The charges of conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder were filed Wednesday. Garcia and Magbanua are scheduled to make their first appearances in court Thursday morning.



 
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