Wendi Adelson Biography
Wendi Adelson is an immigration lawyer and was the ex-wife of professor Dan Markel, a Florida State University law professor, who was killed in his car at his Tallahassee home on July 19, 2014. She was allegedly involved in the alleged plot to kill her ex-husband which she testified to under a grant of immunity.
Adelson was a clinical law professor at Florida State University 2011-2015, where she also served as director of the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project. In 2015-16, Adelson served as law clerk to Judge Adalberto Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Miami.
Wendi Adelson Age
Wendi is 40 years old; she was born on April 22, 1979.
Wendi Adelson Education
Wendi attended J.P Taravella High School where she graduated as a valedictorian. In 1997 she joined Brandeis University graduating in 2001 with a BA in American/US Studies/Civilization and Peace and Conflict Studies. She later joined the University of Cambridge where she earned a Master of Philosophy with a focus on human migration.
In 2003 she joined the University of Miami’s School of Law where she earned her J.D. in 2006, before becoming a visiting student at FSU’s College of Law.
Wendi Adelson Book
In 2011 she self-published a novel about human trafficking called “This is Our Story.”
Wendi Adelson Ex-Husband (Dan Markel)
Wendi married her husband Dan Markel, an American attorney and legal academic, in February 2006. At the time Markel was a professor at Florida State University School of Law, and Adelson a third-year student at the University of Miami Law School. The couple divorced in 2012 and their divorce was finalized in 2013.
Markel said in the court filings that the separation came as a surprise. He alleged that while he was away on a short business trip Adelson with the assistance of her parents, removed most of the couple’s possessions, as well as the children, from the family home, leaving divorce paperwork on what had been the couple’s shared bed.
A marital settlement reached in July 2013 gave Adelson and Markel shared 50/50 custody of the children, and Markel won an order prohibiting her from moving to Miami with them. In 2014 Markel filed a motion that would prohibit his mother-in-law Donna Adelson from being alone and unsupervised with the children due to alleged disparaging remarks about their father.
In one of Adelson’s essays she wrote; “We married when I was in my mid-20s when I thought I could cheat the system and marry a man I lacked passion and love for because, hey, didn’t that die anyway during marriage? I saw his intellect and big heart, and thought he would make a wonderful father for my children. Our marriage dissolved after the children arrived, as the loneliness of being married to someone that didn’t view me as an equal crept in. I do believe he loved me the best way he knew how. I mean, he didn’t like fiction, so why read my novel? It was logic, not a lack of love.”
Wendi Adelson Children
Adelson together with her husband has two children together, born in 2009 and 2010.
Wendi Adelson Ex-Husband Death – Dan Markel Death
Dan Markel was killed on the morning of July 19, 2014 in his car at his Tallahassee home where he was shot in the head and left for dead. The police believe that there is a connection between Adelson’s family and Markel’s accused killers, Sigfredo Garcia and Luis Rivera, who were indicted on charges of first-degree murder on June 17, 2016.
After Markel’s death the police questioned Adelson for five hours. When the investigator told Wendi the shooting was intentional and they needed to find out who murdered the father of her two children, she blurted out a name: Charlie Adelson, her older brother and confidant.
“… I was talking to him about whether it made sense to pay to fix it or I should get a new one. And it was always his joke that, like, he knew that Danny treated me badly, and it was always his joke, he said, I looked into hiring a hit man but it was cheaper to get you this TV.” Wendi urged police that despite the ‘joke’, her brother “would never”.
Charlie has not been charged in the case and denies any involvement, but his name has come up again and again during a five-year investigation. The Miami Herald reported that a state prosecutor called Charlie Adelson an “unindicted co-conspirator” during an interview with the Miami Herald. And the Tallahassee Police Department has done little to hide its suspicions that he organized the hit.
Dan Markel Killers
On May 26, 2016 a suspect, Sigfredo Garcia, 34, of Miami Beach, was arrested for first-degree murder based on a warrant issued by a Leon County judge. The police said that they were investigating the killing as a murder for hire. An affidavit revealed that investigators’ belief that Garcia and Luis Rivera, 33, had traveled from the Miami area in a rented Toyota Prius, staying in motels the nights of July 16 and 17, 2014, to commit the crime.
The morning of the killing, they had trailed Markel as he ran errands and went to the gym, until they could shoot him at his home. Documentation later filed with the court indicated an earlier trip by Rivera and Garcia’s first trip to Tallahassee on June 4–6, 2014, several weeks before the murder, in what investigators termed a botched first attempt to kill Markel.
The affidavit further outlined investigators’ theory that Markel’s death was a contract killing, since neither of the accused knew Markel, and no property was taken. The motive was believed to be the desire of the family of Wendi Adelson to allow her to relocate to the Miami area with the children.
Wendi Adelson Brother (Charlie Adelson) Allegedly Involved in the Killing
Wendi’s brother, Charlie Adelson was implicated in the killing according to documents released in September 2016. Adelson reportedly disliked Markel and was in a “personal relationship” with Katherine Magbanua, Garcia’s former partner and the mother of Garcia’s two children. Magbanua was the first call Garcia dialed after Markel was murdered.
Documents released in September 2016 indicated that the Tallahassee Police Department viewed Charlie Adelson (Wendi Adelson’s brother) and Donna Adelson (Wendi Adelson’s mother) as implicated in the killing. According to police, after the killing, Katherine Magbanua (the mother of suspected killer Garcia’s children, as well as a former girlfriend of Charlie Adelson) received handwritten paychecks from the Adelson family’s dentistry practice signed by Donna Adelson; at the same time, suspected killers Sigfredo Garcia and Luis Rivera purchased several cars and motorcycles.
Police claimed payments to Magbanua totalled more than $56,000 and that “Magbanua is supported financially by Charlie Adelson and has received numerous benefits from the Adelsons since Markel’s murder.” Prosecutors also alleged that Charlie Adelson partially paid for Katherine Magbanua’s breast enhancement surgery.
Wendi Adelson ABC News’ 20/20
On October 11, 2019 ABC News’ 20/20 will air a special investigating Markel’s death.
Video shows Wendi Adelson telling her mother about the shooting death of her ex-husband, Dan Markel. Tomorrow, 20/20 unravels the mystery surrounding Dan’s death.
— 20/20 (@ABC2020) October 10, 2019