The sentence comes as part of plea deal with the State. Anderson was arrested in April 2021 for second-degree murder, accused of shooting Joshua Purcell at close range in the parking lot of Bethel AME Church.
The FBI arrested the 73-year-old South Florida woman Monday evening as she attempted to board a flight to Vietnam. The indictment affirms charges State Attorney Jack Campbell announced earlier this week.
Prior to last week, the South Florida periodontist always claimed he had no connection to the 2014 homicide. But during opening statements, his defense changed course, saying he was was extorted to pay for the crime, threatened to pay or risk his family could be next.
The hearings are the first of several in advance of the high-profile trial that is expected to last at least three weeks. Another hearing is set for Thursday to decide if Adelson’s parents, Harvey and Donna, are required to answer questions in a deposition prior to trial.
Assistant State Attorney Georgia Cappleman wrote in her motion that Harvey and Donna Adelson have refused to give testimony as required by Florida law and that those actions support a finding of contempt of court.