Donna Adelson arrested attempting to flee country, justice watchers fired up
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Less than 12 hours after news broke of Donna Adelson's arrest, the internet has responded with a flurry of content, memes, and videos documenting global gratitude for law enforcement's relentless efforts to bring those responsible for Dan Markel's murder to justice. Tallahassee Democrat investigative reporter Jeff Burlew's coverage of the arrest depicts the baffling arrogance or stupidity of Markel's former in-laws, who seemed to think that skipping town to a non-extradition country before a possible grand jury indictment would go unnoticed.
Authorities have long named Donna as a co-conspirator in Markel's murder, along with her daughter, Wendi Adelson, Markel's ex-wife, and Charlie Adelson, Wendi's brother. These members of the Adelson family, law enforcement say, conspired with one another to hire three accomplices to carry out the July 18, 2014, killing.
Donna's arrest came one week after Charlie Adelson's conviction. The internet has been abuzz with reactions to this development. Various social media platforms and podcasts have been discussing the arrest, offering legal commentary, and providing artistic takes on the case.
Donna's arrest is a significant development in the case, marking another step toward the innermost "layer" of the crime. There is speculation that Wendi may attempt to distance herself from her family's actions, but there are doubts about her sincerity given her previous efforts to conceal the truth and mislead investigators.
Florida Politics provides ongoing coverage of the Markel murder case, which is drawing international media attention to Florida's capital city. Our reporting draws from sources including contributor Karen Cyphers of Sachs Media, who advocates with the grassroots group "Justice for Dan" to draw attention to the case and provide analysis relevant to Florida's political, advocacy, and legal communities.