Shooting of FSU professor 'not a random act'

Tallahassee, Florida ( -- Tallahassee Police Department investigators say the fatal shooting of law professor Daniel Markel in his Betton Hills home was not "a random act" or connected with any burglary or robbery.

TPD Chief Michael DeLeo, in a news release issued this morning, called the shooting a "murder."

Markel, 41, was found shot Friday morning in his home in the 2100 block of Trescott Drive. He later died from his injuries.

"Neighborhood residents should continue to be vigilant," the release said, "but it appears at this time that Mr. Markel was the intended victim of this incident."

TPD has created a tip line dedicated to the Markel investigation. The number is 850-891-4462. The phone line is recorded only and callers are asked to leave a message with as much information as possible. Citizens can also call Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.

In an attempt to locate potential witnesses, TPD is asking for anyone who might have been in the area of the shooting between 10 a.m. and noon Friday to call the tip line. TPD is specifically asking for any delivery drivers, pedestrians or visitors to call in if they have any information.

"TPD will work tirelessly to follow up on all leads and evidence in this case," DeLeo said, "and our thoughts and prayers are with the Markel family as they endure this terrible tragedy. My investigators will do everything they can to see those responsible for this murder are brought to justice."

Tributes to Markel continued Sunday with posts in the Washington Post and various legal blogs from people who considered Markel a mentor and friend. His own blog, prawfsblawg, paid tribute to him as well.

Markel, who earned his bachelor's and law degree from Harvard University, was married to Wendi Adelson, also a Florida State faculty member. The two were in the middle of divorce proceedings at the time of Markel's death, according to the Leon County Clerk of Court. The most recent court date was July 1.

Adelson, 35, is the director of the Medical-Legal Partnership with the FSU College of Law Public Interest Law Center. She previously directed the Human Rights and Immigration Law Project at FSU's Center for the Advancement of Human Rights. She, like Markel, earned a master's degree from the University of Cambridge, before getting her law degree at the University of Miami School of Law in 2006.


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