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UGLY DETAILS – Florida State law professor Dan Markel was shot twice at close range by Sigfredo Garcia five years ago, in a murder-for-hire plot that Garcia’s sometimes girlfriend Katherine Magbanua helped arrange, according to testimony from a key prosecution witness Tuesday. As Karen Sloan reports, Luis Rivera told a Tallahassee jury in the Markel murder trial that he and his childhood friend Garcia were paid to travel from Miami to Tallahassee to kill the law professor so that Markel’s ex-wife could relocate to South Florida with the couple’s two children—a move the former spouses had wrangled over in court. Garcia and Magbanua are standing trial for first-degree murder, while Rivera in 2016 pleaded guilty to second-degree murder.

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