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An Orlando, Florida, jury on Friday observed Danielle Redlick not responsible in the stabbing death of her stepdad-turned-spouse, Michael Redlick.
The jury started deliberations Thursday and on Friday acquitted Danielle of second-degree murder. The jury did, having said that, come across Danielle responsible of tampering with evidence, in accordance to Orange County records.
Danielle, 48, and Michael, who was 65 at the time of his death, have two small children with each other. They were married for 15 yrs just before Danielle allegedly stabbed Michael, an ex-NBA govt, to loss of life in their Winter Park dwelling on Jan. 11, 2019, immediately after a struggle.
Redlick appeared to burst into tears at the time the verdict was go through, a dwell stream of the listening to from the Legislation & Crime Channel exhibits.
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Her attorney, Catherine Conlon, argued that Danielle stabbed her partner in the shoulder in self-protection, even though condition prosecutor Sean Wiggins painted a additional violent photograph — describing the couple’s house following Michael’s killing as a “horror scene.”
“The evidence will present that, from the get started, this defendant did almost everything she could to prevent accountability for her actions,” Wiggins said in his opening statement, alleging that Danielle experienced tried to cleanse the scene someday in the 11 hrs that passed concerning Michael’s stabbing death and Danielle’s to start with 911 phone to “keep away from obligation.”
He went on to explain what responding officers noticed at the scene, such as “blood-soaked towels, mops soaked in blood, a five-gallon bucket loaded with pinkish h2o,” as nicely as “blood in the major bed room shower” that contained Michael’s DNA.
When Danielle did at some point connect with 911, she mentioned that there experienced been “a tragedy” at her household and that she considered her partner was “deceased,” according to a 2019 warrant.
“He’s been…I just…he’s rigid and he could have had a coronary heart assault. I you should not know,” Danielle explained to 911 operators, the warrant states. A professional medical examiner identified no signals that Michael experienced a coronary heart attack that evening. She then instructed authorities that Michael “stabbed himself,” and afterwards reported she stabbed him in an act of self-protection whilst they fought in the kitchen.
Danielle, who was 20 several years her husband’s junior, also allegedly pursued the relationship application MeetMindful in the early early morning several hours just after her husband’s dying, according to Wiggins.
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Conlon also explained a hard relationship in her opening assertion but pointed to Michael as the aggressor.
Michael, she said, was the initial just one to cheat on Danielle, at which place she still left him, and he begged her to arrive back just before threatening to get their young children and residence. When Danielle later on began speaking to other guys, Michael became “angry,” Conlon alleged.
On the evening of his stabbing loss of life, the pair received into a bodily altercation in which Michael allegedly choked and smothered Danielle, generating her fear for her everyday living. Michael experienced compelled Danielle to the floor at a single place during the struggle, at which level she seemingly attained into a drawer and pulled out a kitchen knife, stabbing Michael as soon as in the shoulder right before functioning to “conceal” in a bathroom, Conlon mentioned.
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“Danielle Redlick did stab Michael Redlick” at the time in the shoulder, Conlon explained, but he claimed that it was in an act of “self-defense” rather than an assault.
A sentencing listening to will get place August 5, according to county information.