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Judge sets trial date for Markel murder suspects

BREAKING: Two charged with conspiracy to murder FSU law professor Dan Markel
Posted at 11:29 AM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-18 17:13:22-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — We now know when two suspects accused in the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel will stand trial.

In court Tuesday morning, a judge set a September 23 trial date for Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua.

The prosecutions said that date is a little bit later than they'd originally hoped for.

"I wanted to start the trial on September 9 but the defense has a conflict on that date so we'll be starting September 23," said Georgia Cappleman, Assistant State Attorney and Lead Prosecutor. "I'm more familiar with this judge and how he runs his courtroom so I"m pretty confident we can get it done in three weeks."

The two are charged with conspiracy and solicitation to commit murder. Markel was found shot to death outside his Betton Hills home back in July 2014.

This comes after a previously scheduled June 3 trial was postponed.

The trial date for two suspects charged in the murder of FSU law professor Dan Markel has been set.

Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua were in court Tuesday morning.

The Judge ordered their trial to start on September 23.

The two are facing murder charges in the killing of the FSU professor, which occurred back in July 2014.

Pre-trial is also scheduled to began September 4 and the final pre-trial will be held on September 19.