Opening remarks in Danielle Redlick’s Florida murder trial for the stabbing death of her stepfather-turned-husband, ex-NBA executive Michael Redlick, are set to begin on Wednesday.
According to investigators, Danielle, 48, allegedly sliced up her husband with a kitchen knife in their luxury Winter Park home, then waited 11 hours to call 911 while browsing a dating app.
Neighbors claimed the couple, who had been married for 17 years and had two children, had a good relationship.
“rocky relationship and fought often,” an affidavit for an arrest warrant states. Michael had even joked to one of them that he would be fine “as long as I hide the steak knives.”
At the time of his murder, Michael was 65 years old and a professor at the University of Central Florida. He formerly served as the Memphis Grizzlies’ vice president of corporate sales.
According to WFTV, he fell in love with Danielle, who is 20 years his junior, after marrying her mother, Kathleen Aquino, to assist her get better health insurance. Aquino was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Michael’s death on Jan. 11, 2019, put an end to the rocky relationship. Danielle is accused with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in his stabbing death and is on trial in Orange County, Florida.
Danielle contacted 911 one day after the fatal altercation to describe “a disaster at her home” and that her husband “may have had a heart attack,” according to Detective Pamela Woehr’s arrest affidavit.
According to court documents, Danielle said he tried to choke and suffocate her after a confrontation about seductive text messages she had sent with another man.
Michael allegedly stole a McDonald’s quarter-pounder she was eating during the altercation, bit into it, and spat it in her face, she told detectives. She stated she reached for a kitchen knife to defend herself, but he took it from her and stabbed himself. Danielle told the operator that she isolated herself in the bathroom while listening to her husband moan.
She went to check on him and found him “out of it” and “slipping on his blood,” but she didn’t contact the cops because she was on probation and didn’t want to go back to jail, she told the operator.
She had been arrested a year before for reportedly striking two sheriff’s deputies while inebriated and attempting to bite one of their hands.
Danielle is accused of attempting to clean up the bloody crime scene. There was a strong odor of bleach, heaps of blood-soaked towels, and a pail of pink liquid when officers arrived. “I was just exhausted and fell asleep,” she explained to the operator.
The children of the spouse were not at home. Danielle was on the dating app MeetMindful about two hours before phoning the cops, which is “for people who want to live their happiest, healthiest lives,” according to the company’s website. She was going over her texts.
According to the affidavit, she slashed her wrists before dialing 911, but only superficially enough that she was no longer bleeding when cops got on the scene.
Michael had no evidence of a heart attack, according to the medical examiner. After living apart for a while, the couple had recently reconciled.
Before his death, Michael is said to have sent an email to a buddy “Unless Danielle dies or divorces my a—, my family is moving here in December over winter break. Neither scenario is out of the realm of possibilities.”
The case’s jury selection began on Monday. Catherine Conlon, Danielle’s lawyer, could not be reached for comment right away.