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Trial Set for Woman Charged in Markel Murder

Posted: 6:00 PM, Dec 06, 2016
Updated: 2016-12-06 16:06:26-05
Katherine Magbanua

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- A trial date has now been set for the woman charged in the 2014 murder of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel.

Katherine Magbanua will be on trial on February 27, after entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday. A grand jury indicted her for first-degree murder last week.

Her attorneys say they're moving forward with their case, saying the indictment against here doesn't change how they plan on defending her.

Magbanua is the third person who's been officially charged in Markel's murder.

This was Magbanua's first in-person court appearance. She has no prior criminal history, according to defense attorney Chris Decoste.

Magbanua has been considered the key person to connect Markel's ex-wife's family to the murder. She's the mother of two children with Sigfredo Garcia, who is also awaiting a trial date. She was also romantically linked to Charlie Adelson, the brother of Wendi Adelson, Markel's ex-wife.

No one in the Adelson family has been charged at this point.

Magbanua will be back in court Friday for a bond hearing. A judge has set a case management hearing date for January 18 for Garcia.