After spending a week at the Miami-Dade Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Centre, Adelson, 73, was taken from a Miami jail on Monday and placed under arrest without bond at the Leon County Detention Facility.
Online jail records indicate that she was booked early on Tuesday. Early on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023, Donna Adelson—who is accused of murder in the 2014 death of law professor Dan Markel—was checked into the Leon County Detention Facility.
She was detained on November 13 as she and her spouse attempted to depart Miami International Airport with one-way tickets to Vietnam, a country with which the United States does not have an extradition treaty.
Where is Wendi Adelson now in 2023?
Wendi Adelson resides in Miami, Florida now. She is an attorney who attended Florida State University before relocating to Miami a few days following the death of her ex-husband, Dan Markel.
She provided testimony during her brother Charlie Adelson’s trial, who was found guilty recently of killing Dan Markel.
Prosecutors have determined that she was not involved in the murder, according to her millionaire boss.
The involvement of Wendi’s parents in her ex-husband’s death
A Leon County grand jury indicted Wendi Adelson on counts of first-degree murder, conspiracy, and solicitation less than 48 hours before her attempted escape, which occurred one week after her son Charlie Adelson was found guilty of Markel’s murder.
The state can claim “consciousness of guilt” in Markel’s murder thanks to Adelson’s flight to Vietnam.
Charlie Adelson was found guilty on November 6 of the same three charges following an eight-day trial at the Leon County Courthouse.
In connection with the death of his erstwhile brother-in-law, he must serve a life sentence.
Markel, a Florida State University law professor who was 41 at the time of his murder, was shot and killed in the carport of his Trescott Drive residence on July 18, 2014.
He and his ex-wife, Wendi Adelson, were embroiled in a contentious legal battle concerning their two boys and other matters when the murder took place.
Wendi Adelson is the younger sister of Charlie Adelson and the daughter of Donna Adelson; a judge had dismissed her request to go to Miami with the boys.
How did Donna Adelson plan to escape the consequences of her crimes?
On Monday, November 13, 2023, Donna Adelson was taken into custody and placed in a Miami-Dade prison centre.
Law enforcement knew that Donna Adelson was considering going on the run at the time of her arrest.
After her son’s trial concluded, she spoke with him on the phone several times, and she was caught on camera discussing the possibility of suicide or running away to a nation that does not extradite people based on the arrest logs.
The FBI sent an undercover agent in 2016 to shake her outside her South Beach condo while pretending to be a blackmailer in order to induce suspects to chat on taped lines.
He gave her an article about Markel’s murder that contained $5,000 and his phone number.
She was a longtime target of the FBI and Tallahassee police, and she played a significant role in the trials of her son, Sigfredo Garcia, one of the hit men, and Katie Magbanua, Garcia’s child’s mother who was seeing Charlie Adelson at the time of the murder.
Shortly following what was known as the “bump,” Donna Adelson called her son to inform him that she had received some “paperwork” and that they needed to converse face-to-face. It involved “probably the two of us,” she stated.
An illustration of the relationships between Dan Markel, the Florida State law professor who was shot and killed in 2014, his ex-wife Wendi Adelson, her parents, and brother, and Katherine Magbanua, who dated Adelson’s brother and, ultimately, Sigfredo Garcia, who also dated Magbanua, and Luis Rivera.
In addition, even though she never worked at the family’s dentistry practise, she signed numerous cheques totaling $18,000 that were delivered to Magbanua over the course of several months after the murder.
According to the probable cause statement, Donna Adelson and her retired dentist husband Harvey Adelson, at Markel’s local memorial in 2014, had a conversation with the lead investigator of the Tallahassee Police Department and made a commitment to give him a call before heading back to South Florida to set up an interview.
What is the financial picture of the Adelson family?
At the time of Dan Markel’s murder, the Adelson family had millions in the bank and “piles” of cash.
“Harvey and Donna Adelson left Tallahassee with Wendi and the grandchildren the day after the memorial service without speaking with the investigator as promised,” according to court documents.
No one in the Adelson family has gotten in touch with TPD or asked how the inquiry is going since they left. Wendi changed the last name of her children from Markel to Adelson in July 2015.
Inspite of the numerous efforts made on the part of the Adelson family to escape the punishment for their crimes, justice found its way into their lives.
As the Adelson family stands to face the sentence for Markel’s murder, we are served with the grim reminder of how even our closest ones can somehow become the cause of our ruin and sometimes our very death.