State prosecutors and defense attorneys offered wildly divergent theories of who killed Florida State University professor Dan Markel in 2014 during opening statements Thursday in the murder trial of two people accused in his death.

Dan Markel.

Georgia Cappleman, deputy assistant state attorney, told the jury of 10 women and two men assembled in a Tallahassee, Florida, courtroom that defendant Katherine Magbanua helped to broker a murder-for-hire and that co-defendant Sigfredo Garcia pulled the trigger, killing Markel in the driveway of his Tallahassee home while Garcia’s friend Luis Rivera helped.

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