The Latest: Family members “grateful” for arrest in killing


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest made in killing of a Florida State University law professor(all times local):

9:35 p.m.

Family members of a slain Florida State University professor say they are “grateful” to the “tireless work” of law enforcement authorities that resulted in the arrest of a South Florida man nearly two years after the slaying.

The parents and sister of Daniel Markel, however, said late Thursday in a statement that they will not make any further comments “at this time.” Ruth Markel, the mother of Daniel Markel, declined to answer questions when reached by phone at her home in Toronto.

Daniel Markel was shot in the head inside his garage during the middle of the day in July 2014. Markel, who was well-known in national and international legal circles, died later from the wound.

Sigfredo Garcia was arrested late Wednesday in Broward County and charged with murder in Markel’s death. Authorities are refusing so far to disclose details on why they arrested Garcia.

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Tallahassee police are refusing to disclose any details about why a South Florida man was arrested in the killing of a Florida State University professor as they continue investigating the case.

Top police officials held a press conference Thursday, saying they have asked a judge to seal records connected with the arrest of Sigfredo Garcia. He was arrested Wednesday night by Hallandale Beach police and charged with murder and possession of cocaine.

Daniel Markel was shot in the head inside his garage during the middle of the day in July 2014. Markel, who was well-known in national and international legal circles, died later from the wound.

Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said that the FBI was involved in the investigation that led to Garcia’s arrest.

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10:55 a.m.

A South Florida man charged with killing a Florida State University law professor is going to remain in jail.

Sigfredo Garcia appeared in a Broward County court on Thursday after he was arrested in the murder of FSU professor Daniel Markel. Markel was shot in the head during the middle of the day in July 2014. Markel, who was well-known in national and international legal circles, died later from the wound.

The 34-year-old Garcia, who is listed in jail records as living in Miami Beach, declined a public defender.

Garcia told Judge Mary Rudd Robinson he has a lawyer, but just met him Wednesday and couldn’t remember the name. He said he put the lawyer’s card in his wallet, which had been confiscated. Garcia told Robinson that he didn’t know that he would need a lawyer until Wednesday.

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8:39 a.m.

Tallahassee police say they’ve arrested a man in connection with the killing of a Florida State University law professor.

A statement released by the Tallahassee Police Department early Thursday says 34-year-old Sigfredo Garcia has been arrested by Hallandale Beach Police in South Florida. The police have not yet released additional details about Garcia’s involvement in the crime.

Daniel Markel was shot in the head inside his garage during the middle of the day in July 2014. Markel, who was well-known in legal circles nationally and internationally, died later from the wound.

Police initially had little leads in the case and eventually circulated pictures of the car believed to have been used by those involved.

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