Police Hunt Mystery Car in Dan Markel Murder

Florida Law Professor Shot Dead in Tallahassee Home

By Forward Staff

Published July 23, 2014.

Florida police are hunting for a mystery car spotted in the neighborhood of law professor Dan Markel around the time he was shot and killed in his home Friday.

The Tallahassee Police Department says it is seeking information about the “vehicle of interest” spotted after the gunshot rang out around 11 am, the Tallahassee Democrat reported.

“This is only a vehicle of interest as it may have been a resident, passerby or delivery driver,” a written TPD release said.

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Markel, 41, was killed with a gunshot to the head.

Police have been tight-lipped about the crime, but say they are sure he was the “intended victim” of the murder, as opposed to a break-in or random attack.

Investigators did not offer any possible motive for the crime or say if there were any suspects.

His estranged wife, also a law professor, was said to be distraught at the news and cooperating with the investigation.

The Jewish Florida State University College of Law professor was at home when neighbors heard a loud bang Friday morning.

Paramedics rushed the popular 41-year-old professor and scholar to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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