Email in Markel case suggests additional arrests forthcoming

Published: Oct. 13, 2016 at 4:26 PM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

October 13, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- An email has surfaced in the murder case of Florida State University professor Dan Markel.

The email was sent by Dan Markel's mother Ruth to lead prosecutor Georgia Cappleman on September 30th.

The email was included with court documents recently released in the case. It is not clear if the email was intentionally included in the documents or released by mistake.

In the email, Ruth Markel discusses a "tight plan for emergency placement due to arrests" with Cappleman, appearing to refer to a plan for Dan Markel's children in the event that Markel's in-laws, the Adelsons, are arrested in the case.

The email goes on to list a contact for the Jewish Adoption & Foster Care Options center in Broward County.

The letter reads:

Dear Georgia, There are few word to express our appreciation that you really understood our concerns about the children. We thank you for moving the plea-bargaining process forward. We will sleep better at night. As the situation evolves we need a tight plan for emergency placement, due to arrests. Please contact: Sara Franco Executive Director JAFCO We will talk about other arrangements and issues in the next few weeks. Thank you again for all your work and support in this tragedy. Ruth, Phil and Shelly.

Despite the email's reference to possible arrests, State Attorney Willie Meggs tells us no further arrests in the case are imminent.

No members of the Adelson family have been charged with a crime, and lawyers for the family deny they had anything to do with Markel's murder.

We have reached out prosecutor Georgia Cappleman regarding the email but have not yet heard back.

To view a timeline of events from the Markel murder case, click