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Appeal denied for Katherine Magbanua's pre-trial release motion

Magbanua faces charges for murder of Dan Markel
Katherine Magbanua - Leon County Jail
Posted at 10:30 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 22:30:38-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The First District Court of Appeals denied Katherine Magbanua's appeal for pre-trial release.

Magbanua's lawyers filed the original motion in October, listing her last case declared a mistrial and the coronavirus pandemic as grounds for a pretrial release.

On behalf of respondents, Ashley Moody, Attorney General, and Robert “Charlie” Lee, Assistant Attorney General, Tallahassee released a statement Tuesday stating, “The petition for writ of habeas corpus is denied on the merits. A written opinion explaining this disposition will follow.”

Magbanua is one of three suspects facing charges for the murder of Florida State law professor Dan Markel. She has been in jail since 2016.

Currently, Magbanua is scheduled to return to court for a case management hearing on December 3.