Attorney says man arrested in connection with FSU professor's death will plead not guilty

Sigfredo Garcia arrested by Hallandale Beach police last week

By Associated Press, Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

Sigfredo Garcia has been arrested in connection with the 2014 fatal shooting of Florida State University professor Daniel Markel.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A lawyer representing a South Florida man arrested in the death of a Florida State University law professor said Sigfredo Garcia will plead not guilty to a first-degree murder charge.

Garcia was arrested last week by Hallandale Beach police in connection with the 2014 shooting death of Daniel Markel.

Markel was shot in the head inside his garage during the middle of the day in July 2014.

Daniel Markel
From Florida State University

Florida State University law professor Daniel Markel was fatally shot in the head at his home in July 2014.

Fort Lauderdale attorney Jim Lewis said Tuesday that Garcia had nothing to do with Markel's killing. He said that Garcia will enter a plea of not guilty when he is officially transferred by authorities to Leon County.

Lewis said he could not go into details about the case because a judge sealed the records related to Garcia's arrest.

Garcia has been held at the main Broward County jail on an outstanding warrant since his arrest last Wednesday.

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