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Sigfredo's defense, state rests case on Day 8 of Dan Markel murder trial

Posted at 7:17 AM, Oct 09, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — One defense team and the state have rested their cases in the Dan Markel Murder Trial.

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The state argues that Sigfredo Garcia and Katherine Magbanua were hired by Markel's ex-wife's family to kill him.

It took about eight days for prosecutors to sift through evidence to support that claim.

Chris DeCoste represents Katherine Magbanua. The floor belonged to DeCoste for the majority of Tuesday morning.

DeCoste spent hours with the FBI Special Agent spearheading the investigation.

DeCoste grilled him about everything from not documenting the note an undercover gave to Donna Adelson before the exchange to Magbanua's employment and even the way that phone conversations were secretly recorded.

One of the biggest moments of the morning involved the possibility of more arrests.

Special Agent Sanford was asked if Donna Adelson was arrested in connection to the murder, he said "not yet".

That question and all of the others sought to further Magbanua's argument that she was arrested only to further the state's theory.

DeCoste: "All witnesses are subject to cross-examination for the purpose of discrediting them by bias, prejudice or interest. Especially where a key witness is being crossed. This is the lead agent."

There were some intense moments in the courtroom.

Judge Hankinson called DeCoste out multiple times for stating his opinion and asking inappropriate questions.

Throughout Tuesday, the jury remained engaged. In fact, some jurors have filled up the entire notepad and moved on to a second notepad.

To watch the trial live, click here. If you missed something in court, you can see our daily recaps here.