For those following the Dan Markel murder case, it’s been a long winter.
A bill filed by Sen. Jeff Brandes in the 2020 Session that would have provided access to courts people like Markel’s parents, who have been denied access to their grandchildren, died in committee following a really strong run that will no doubt be resurrected next year.
Of the three conspirators arrested for his murder so far, one pleaded guilty, one was convicted of first-degree murder, and one will face a retrial after the threat of COVID-19 abates and courts reopen.
But it’s been nearly six years since his July 2014 murder, and at least three members of the Adelson family — suspected of planning and orchestrating his murder — have yet to be arrested.
According to Saam Zangeneh, lawyer of convicted hit man Sigfredo Garcia, however, there may be more happening behind the scenes than we know.
When asked to sum up his view of Wendi Adelson’s testimony, Zangeneh said that Adelson’s pattern of “not remembering” and deflecting questions under oath was equivalent to an Academy Award performance.
But the one thing he wagers was Adelson’s “biggest lie” is that “she wasn’t involved or that she didn’t know about the murder plot in advance.”
Zangeneh affirmed the sentiment after clarifying he was referring to Wendi, Donna, and Charlie when stating after the October trial that “those three should be shaking in their boots right now.”
Indeed, Zangeneh said a “little birdie” shared that detectives were already stationed outside the Adelsons’ homes, ready to make arrests, had the state secured two convictions, instead of one conviction and a mistrial.
These assertions — from a party so close to the case who has seen mountains of evidence not yet made available to the public — breathe some hope into the possibility that authorities are not satisfied with only partially solving this tragic case, and will continue to seek justice.
Zangeneh’s revelations also stand to bolster the efforts of advocates who wish to help Markel’s family reconnect with his children after over four years of estrangement due to Wendi Adelson prohibiting all contact.
The Adelsons “are still hot targets,” Zangeneh said. And that’s enough to get Markel case followers through many more dark days.