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Florida dentist charged in murder-for-hire case says he was a victim of extortion, not a killer

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida dentist on trial in a murder-for-hire case involving the 2014 slaying of his ex-brother-in-law claims he was a victim of extortion by the killers. Charlie Adelson testified Thursday he wasn’t involved in the plot to kill Florida State University professor Dan Markel. Adelson’s sister Wendi Markel was in a bitter custody battle with Dan Markel when the professor was shot outside his Tallahassee home in 2014. Charlie Adelson is on trial for first-degree murder and other charges. He testified Thursday that investigators got the facts wrong. He said his ex-girlfriend told him an ex-boyfriend committed the crime and wanted Adelson to pay more than $300,000 or they would kill him, too.

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