TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida jury is deliberating the fate of a man and woman who face murder charges in the killing of Florida State University law professor embroiled in a bitter child custody battle.
Prosecutors are hoping for convictions against Katherine Magbanua and her ex-boyfriend, Sigfredo Garcia, who they say took part in a plot with another man to kill Dan Markel.
Markel was shot to death in the garage of his Tallahassee home in 2014 as part of what prosecutors describe as a murder-for-hire plot.
Defense attorneys assert that their clients were innocent scapegoats in the government’s failure to charge Markel’s in-laws, who prosecutors implicated Thursday.
Defense attorneys also hope the jury won’t trust the testimony of a prosecution witness who pleaded guilty for his role in the slaying in exchange for a reduced sentence.