Reward increased in FSU professor death

Tallahassee, Florida -- Police are looking into where an FSU law professor spent his last moments before he was shot to death in his own garage.

Tallahassee Police are looking for anyone who saw Dan Markel before he was killed on July 18. Detectives say finding someone who saw the Florida State law professor and father of two before he died could help solve the case. They believe his killer targeted him and pulled the trigger, shooting him once in the head while Markel was sitting in his 2008 black Honda Accord.

"It could be that he had an interaction with somebody, a stranger, and we're hoping that if that is the case that someone could come forward and let us know if they saw Mr. Markel in any areas that we released," said Dave Northway, PIO for the Tallahassee police.

These are the locations police are looking at:

  • The corridor of Interstate 10 and Thomasville Road, possibly near commercial/retail establishments.
  • Tharpe Street and Mission Road.
  • The area of Congregation Shomrei Torah Home, 4858 Kerry Forest Parkway.

Also, police are still looking for the person driving a Toyota Prius spotted in the area near the time of the shooting. Tips led them to finding a picture of the vehicle and say the driver is not a suspect.

Due to a generous donation from a private citizen, the reward money offered by CrimeStoppers in the Dan Markel investigation has been raised to $10,000. Community members with information regarding the investigation are asked to call (850) 574-TIPS or (850) 891-4462. CrimeStoppers does not want your name just your information and you may be eligible for a cash reward. All information is confidential.

Also Thursday, the head of a 911 dispatch center acknowledged an "error" was made in the moments after the shooting, according to The Associated Press.

A 911 operator did not initially alert police that Markel had been shot after receiving a phone call from one of Markel's neighbors. Audio of the call was released Thursday by the Tallahassee Police Department.

Timothy Lee, the director of the center, said a review showed the 911 dispatcher categorized the call as someone being incapacitated. This wrong classification could have resulted in a delay in when police and paramedics arrived on the scene.

Here is more on the professor's case:


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