Magbanua now “state witness,” meeting with prosecutors behind closed doors this week
Court hearing for co-defendant, former boyfriend Charlie Adelson delayed
UPDATE: Katherine Magbanua - who court records now refer to as a “State Witness’ - is meeting with prosecutors this week as they prepare for the trial of co-defendant and former boyfriend, Charlie Adelson.
Court records show Magbanua is scheduled to answer questions behind closed doors at the State Attorney’s Office in what’s called a proffer on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. It’s not clear if the meeting will be held on one of those days or span all three.
The proffer was initially scheduled just days before co-defendant Charlie Adelson was expected to appear in court for a case management hearing. Monday, the judge delayed that hearing at the defense attorney’s request and rescheduled it for December 16th, court records show.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) - Katherine Magbanua is back in Tallahassee just months after being convicted and sentenced to life in prison for the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel.
Leon County Detention Center records show a smiling Magbanua being booked into jail just before 3 p.m. Tuesday.
A judge’s order to transport Magbanua lists her as a “state witness” who is returning for a “proffer,” a closed-door question and answer session with prosecutors.
That is slated to happen next week between November 28 and November 30, court records show.
The proffer is slated just days before Magbanua’s former boyfriend and co-defendant, Charlie Adelson is scheduled to appear in court for a case management hearing.
Adelson’s attorney has just asked the judge to delay that hearing, citing a fractured ankle that will make it “challenging” to travel to Tallahassee to appear in person.
Defense attorney Daniel Rashbaum asked for a two to three-week delay given the importance of the hearing in which the judge could set a trial date for Charlie Adelson.
Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman had no comment on Magbanua’s return or the reason for the proffer.
WCTV legal analyst Joe Bodiford said it is unusual for a defendant to give a proffer after they’ve already been convicted, and it’s not clear if it could ultimately lead to reducing her life sentence.
Magbanua, along with co-defendants Sigfredo Garcia and Luis Rivera, are already serving prison time in Markel’s 2014 murder.
Adelson was arrested earlier this year, nearly eight years after the crime. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and conspiracy charges, and his attorneys have long maintained he had nothing to do with Markel’s death.
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