Suspect in Markel Murder to Plead Not Guilty

Sigfredo Garcia
Posted at 3:00 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-08 12:37:42-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) - The attorney for the man accused of killing FSU Professor Dan Markel says his client will plead not guilty to the charges made against him.

Sigfredo Garcia was arrested on May 25; charged with murder in the first degree and possession of cocaine, according to the Broward County Sheriff's Office.

Tallahassee Police said they would not release any other details in the Dan Markel investigation, or Garcia's arrest. Documents related to the case were sealed by a judge, according to TPD. They did say Garcia's arrest was related to the Dan Markel case.


Timeline of Details in Dan Markel Murder Investigation


Markel was shot while sitting in his driveway in 2014, and died from his injuries at the hospital.

"My client is absolutely maintaining his innocence, he will be pleading not guilty. He is denying any involvement with this murder there in Tallahassee, and I would just ask everyone there please withhold judgment, to follow the law, and presume his innocence. He has maintained his innocence and I am hopeful that once all of the evidence comes out everyone will see he is certainly not guilty of these charges," said Ft. Lauderdale Attorney Jim Lewis, regarding Garcia.

On Friday, the courts declined to take a case for Garcia's accused possession of cocaine at the time his murder arrest. This is expected to speed up the extradition process which Garcia's attorney says will take place in the next few days.

"Absolutely he is maintaining his innocence in this particular case, and that is exactly what we are going with, that he had absolutely nothing to do with this very unfortunate homicide there in Tallahassee, and we will get our day in court," said Lewis.