Florida woman charged in Canadian law professor’s killing seeks release from jail

By The Associated Press on December 9, 2016.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Lawyers for a Florida woman accused of playing a pivotal role in the killing of a Canadian law professor are trying to convince a judge to release Katherine Magbanua from jail ahead of her trial.

Magbanua was in court on Friday for an all-day hearing.

Prosecutors and investigators explained some of the evidence they used to charge her with first-degree murder in the death of Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel.

Magbanua wants to be released on bond, but prosecutors say they are fearful that she will flee the country if let out of jail.

Police have maintained that a bitter divorce sparked the plot that resulted in Markel being gunned down in his garage.

Authorities allege Magbanua has ties to both the alleged shooter and the family of Markel’s ex-wife.


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