It is hard to believe that it has been a year since the murder of Florida State University law professor Dan Markel on July 18, 2014. There has been no arrests in the case but this week the police released a picture of the car that they believe may have been involved in the crime.
Markel, 41, was an extremely talented and popular teacher and writer. He taught at Florida State University College of Law and the founder of Prawfsblawg, a popular legal blog. All such deaths without witnesses (called “unattended incidents”) are investigated as possible homicides. Police believe Markel was “targeted’ and murdered. He was found dead after a neighbor called police about hearing a “loud bang.” Markel left behind two young sons, ages 3 and 5. He was going through a divorce from his wife. He was known to be someone devoted to his children and to his academic work.
The police in Florida now have released the description of a car in the murder.
Surveillance photos captured the Prius, a 2006 to 2009 model with tinted windows and painted “Silver Pine Mica.” The police noted a number of identifying elements like a missing a tow-bolt cover on the front bumper, a mismatching black housing on the passenger-side mirror, and what appeared to be a toll transponder in the center of the windshield.
There is still a $25,000 reward through Crime Stoppers for anonymous tips about the case, as well as a new, separate reward of up to $100,000 from “an independent source” for information provided to police that leads to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.
Source: ABA Journal