Markel Murder Suspects Nabbed Via Cell Phone Pings

Dan Markel
Posted at 6:09 PM, Jun 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-04 09:21:51-04

Tallahassee, Fla. (WTXL)--While suspect, Sigfredo Garcia remains behind bars; the Tallahassee Police Department is crediting a series of cell-phone pings for helping in his capture. 

Cell-phone pinging involves measuring the GPS coordinates from a cell phone tower. Every time you make a call, data is transmitted from the phone to the nearest cell phone tower. From there, officials can obtain a court order to get information from the tower such as; call duration, GPS location and the phone number. 

That's how Tallahassee Police say that they were able to ping the suspects cell phone to Markel's home. 

However local defense attorney Chuck Hobbs, says just because a cell phone pings a particular location doesn't always mean the suspect is involved. 

"This technology doesn't pinpoint that you were at the house or the location it just gives a general location, Hobbs".

But in the Markel case, Hobbs says the ping evidence will hold significant weight in court. 

"In this instance the individual they have charged is not a the question is now "why else would his cell phone have been in the area" but for potentially having something to do with this murder". 

Meanwhile the release of the documents in Garcia's arrest has Tallahassee Police concerned, they also believe the other suspects in Markel's murder may now flee the United States.