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NEW VIDEO: Dan Markel's ex mother-in-law booked into Leon County jail, held without bond on murder charges

On November 15, a grand jury in Leon County indicted Donna Adelson
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Posted at 10:35 AM, Nov 21, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-21 18:11:33-05

UPDATE 1:45 P.M.

Our partners at Court TVreport Donna Adelson has been arraigned in a Leon County Court on charges related to the death of her former son-in-law. Adelson was transferred from Miami to Tallahassee in the early morning hours today.

At Tuesday's arraignment, she was ordered held without bond on the murder charge, and barred from having any contact with her co-conspirators or any members of the victim’s family.


Donna Adelson has been booked into the Leon County Detention Facility. Leon County Sheriff’s Office records indicate she was booked into the facility just after 1:30 Tuesday morning. Adelson was transferred from a jail in Miami to Tallahassee Monday. 

She faces multiple charges related to the death of her former son-in-law, Dan Markel. At the time of his death in 2014, Markel was a law professor at Florida State University. Adelson faces the following charges: 

  • Murder – first degree
  • Conspiracy to commit first degree murder
  • Solicitation to comment first degree murder

 No bond amount has been set for the murder – first degree charge. A bond amount of $25,000 has been set for each of the other two charges. 

On November 15, a grand jury in Leon Countyindicted Adelson for those charges. Adelson was arrested earlier in the month in Miami. According to State Attorney Jack Campbell, Adelson was planning to take a flight to Vietnam when she was arrested.

Adelson’s son, Charlie, was convicted on the same charges in early November. Police said Adelson hired hitmen to murder Markel during a custody dispute between Markel and Adelson's sister, Wendi.

Donna Adelson is expected to appear in court Tuesday morning.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.