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Charlie Adelson makes 1st court appearance after murder arrest

Charlie Adelson made his first court appearance Friday, April 22, 2022, following his arrest on...
Charlie Adelson made his first court appearance Friday, April 22, 2022, following his arrest on murder charges in connection to the Dan Markel case.(Broward County Jail)
Published: Apr. 22, 2022 at 1:26 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2022 at 1:27 PM EDT
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BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) – The former brother-in-law of slain FSU law professor Dan Markel made a first appearance in court Friday afternoon on charges of murder and conspiracy.

Charlie Adelson appeared remotely in a Zoom hearing with judge Phoebee Francois. Adelson was in a tan jail jumpsuit and handcuffs and made the appearance from an empty white room in Broward County’s main jail, with a COVID mask around his chin.

Judge Francois found probable cause on the charges Adelson faces of murder and conspiracy.

Adelson’s defense attorney, David Oscar Markus, asked about a bond hearing for Adelson. He said he understood Adelson could not get that hearing Friday, and it would have to come after Adelson was brought to Tallahassee to face the charges.

Markus asked how long it would take before Adelson was transported to Leon County. The judge and court staff told him it could happen within a week.

A Leon County grand jury indicted Adelson Wednesday on charges of murder, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation of murder. He was arrested Thursday morning at his home in Broward County.

Leon County prosecutors allege Adelson carried out a murder-for-hire plot to kill Markel because of a child custody battle between Markel and his ex-wife Wendi Adelson, Charlie Adelson’s sister.

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