Suspect in Markel murder case moved from Leon County Jail

Published: Aug. 1, 2016 at 6:58 AM EDT
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By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 11, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- One of the two men accused in the murder of Florida State University professor Dan Markel has been moved from the Leon County Jail.

According to court documents, Luis Rivera was released from the jail on Wednesday.

Documents suggest Rivera is being transported back to the Coleman Federal Penitentiary.

Rivera was escorted from the federal prison to Tallahassee by the Leon County Swat Team on June 28th, court records say. Rivera was serving time for drug charges.

Luis Rivera and Sigfredo Garcia are set to stand trial on November 14th.

By: Julie Montanaro

August 1, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- An accused hit man is now set for trial in the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel.

Luis Rivera appeared in court Monday morning in handcuffs, leg chains and a striped jail jumpsuit.

The judge set a trial date of November 14th. That means Rivera - and fellow suspect Sigfredo Garcia - will be tried together.

The men are accused in the July 2014 murder of Dan Markel.

Markel was shot to death in the driveway of his Betton Hills home.

Rivera and co-defendant Sigfredo Garcia - are accused of being "enlisted" to kill the popular professor.

"It's an unusual case ... this is the type of case ... the facts we don't really see in this community that often. So I'll just say it's a very unique case," Rivera's attorney Chuck Collins said after the Monday morning court hearing.

Collins would not comment on the evidence or the allegations against Rivera.

"I'm not going to comment on the evidence. We've got a trial in just three months right across the street, so there's a lot of things going on right now and a lot of things I am not at liberty to discuss," Collins said.

Right now Rivera and Garcia are the only people charged in Markel's murder. Police and prosecutors say other arrests are expected.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 1, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The trial for Luis Rivera, one of the two suspects in the 2014 murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel, is set for November 14.

Rivera will be tried alongside Sigfredo Garcia in connection with Markel's murder.

Authorities accuse both Rivera and Garcia of driving to Tallahassee from South Florida to kill Markel in a murder-for-hire plot. Markel was found suffering a gunshot wound to the head in his car at his Betton Hills home. He later died at a Tallahassee hospital.

Police say that the motive stemmed from Markel's ex-wife's family's desire to see their grandchildren. Markel and his wife had gone through a divorce prior to his death.

Investigators have said that more arrests could come in connection with the murder.

By: WCTV Eyewitness News

August 1, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- One of the two suspects in the 2014 murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel could know his trial date soon.

Luis Rivera is charged in connection with Markel's death and will appear in front of Leon County Judge Monday.

The trial for his alleged accomplice, Sigfredo Garcia, is slated to start November 14.

Rivera's status hearing Monday could set a trial date for later this year.

No further details are available at this time. WCTV will update this story as more information available.