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Katherine Magbanua denies involvement in Dan Markel murder

Posted at 8:10 AM, Oct 10, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Katherine Magbanua was on the stand Wednesday with a lot to say.

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Magbanua laid out a timeline starting with when she met her two exes: Sigfredo Garcia and Charlie Adelson, right down to the trial she's currently involved in.

And her testimony revealed that she has her own suspicions about Dan Markel's murder.

Kawass: "Do you think Charlie Adelson was involved in this?"
Magbanua: "Yes"
Kawass: "And that he was lying to you?"
Magbanua: "Yes"

Yet Katherine Magbanua is facing life in prison for the death of Dan Markel.

Kawass: "Did you know back then know someone by the name of Dan Markel?
Magbanua: "No ma'am."

Magbanua answered questions about her employment at the Adelson Institute.

Cappleman: "Why did he put you on the payroll? Was that as a favor?
Magbanua: "Yes ma'am."
Cappleman: "Not as a payment for a murder?"
Magbanua: "No ma'am."
Cappleman: "Not to keep you happy?"
Magbanua: "Why wouldn't he just pay me the cash"
Cappleman: "I'm going to ask the questions here. OK?"

And her arrest.

"I was actually looking around like oh my God something is happening or whatever, but then I had guns drawn in front of me and I didn't even park the car cause I didn't know if it was for me or someone around me," said Magbanua. "So I just put my hands up because at that time too there were a lot of things going on in the news about people getting shot."

She even used the platform to apologize to the court.

"First off, that phone call is very embarrassing. I didn't even know that I could say that many bad words in a 23 minute span," said Magbanua.

Magbanua spent four and a half hours telling her side of things. Soon it will be up to a jury to decide if they believe her.

Closing arguments and jury deliberation starts Thursday morning.

Judge Hankinson told jurors to pack an overnight bag.

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