Opening statements are slated to start out Wednesday in Danielle Redlick’s Florida murder trial for the 2019 stabbing dying of her stepfather-turned-partner, ex-NBA executive Michael Redlick.
Danielle, 48, allegedly utilised a kitchen knife to slice up her partner in their upscale home in Winter season Park then waited 11 hrs to phone 911 — while she perused a courting app, according to investigators.
Neighbors reported the pair, who were married for 17 yrs and share two little ones, had a “rocky relationship and fought generally,” an affidavit for an arrest warrant states. Michael had even joked to a single of them that he would be wonderful “as lengthy as I conceal the steak knives.”
Michael was 65 and a faculty member at College of Central Florida at the time of his murder. He beforehand labored as vice president of corporate gross sales for the Memphis Grizzlies.
He became smitten with Danielle, 20 years his junior, immediately after marrying her mom, Kathleen Aquino, to support her get much better health and fitness insurance, according to WFTV. Aquino had breast cancer.
But the tumultuous union ended abruptly Jan. 11, 2019, with Michael’s loss of life. Danielle is on demo in Orange County, Florida, billed with next-diploma murder and tampering with proof in his stabbing demise.
A single working day following the lethal altercation, Danielle named 911 to report “a tragedy at her home” and said her spouse “might have had a heart attack,” wrote Detective Pamela Woehr in the arrest affidavit.
Danielle claimed he had tried to choke and suffocate her after they experienced a battle above flirtatious textual content messages she experienced exchanged with one more person, according to court docket papers.
For the duration of the argument, Michael allegedly snatched a McDonald’s quarter-pounder she was ingesting, took a chunk and spat it in her confront, she instructed investigators. She claimed she grabbed a kitchen area knife to defend herself, and he grabbed it away from her and stabbed himself. Danielle barricaded herself in the bathroom, as she listened to her partner moan, she instructed the operator.
When she went to look at on him, he was “out of it,” and she was “slipping on his blood” — but did not call the law enforcement simply because she was on probation and feared she’d go back to jail, she informed the operator.
A person yr previously, she was arrested for allegedly drunkenly attacking a pair of sheriff’s deputies and attempting to bite a person of their fingers.
Danielle allegedly experimented with to clean up up the gruesome crime scene. When law enforcement arrived, there was a potent smell of bleach, piles of blood-soaked towels and a bucket of pink liquid. She informed the operator that she was “just exhausted and fell asleep.”
The couple’s youngsters had been not home. About two hours in advance of calling the police, Danielle was on the dating app MeetMindful — “for men and women who want to dwell their happiest healthiest life,” according to the company’s website. She experienced been reviewing her messages.
Ahead of contacting 911, she slit her wrists – but so superficially that she was no for a longer time bleeding when officers arrived on the scene, in accordance to the affidavit.
The professional medical examiner explained there were being no signals that Michael suffered a heart attack. The couple had a short while ago reconciled immediately after living aside.
Michael allegedly emailed a pal ahead of his slaying, “My loved ones is scheduled to transfer here in December during winter break except if Danielle kills or divorces my a—. Neither is outside of likelihood.”
Jury assortment in the situation began Monday. Danielle’s lawyer, Catherine Conlon, could not promptly be achieved for comment.