A Florida woman was found not guilty of the murder of her husband — formerly her stepfather — who lay stabbed on their living room floor for 11 hours before she called 911.
Danielle Redlick, 48, initially told police that Michael Redlick had killed himself while she hid in the bathroom during a fight in their Winter Park home on Jan. 11, 2019. Testifying in court, she said she stabbed him in self-defense.
After a weeklong trial, the six-person jury on Friday rejected the second-degree murder charge but found Redlick guilty of tampering with evidence; she had admitted cleaning up the blood.
Michael Redlick had been an executive with the Cleveland Browns and the Memphis Grizzlies and at the time of his death was an administrator for the sports business management program at the University of Central Florida.
Before he married Danielle, 20 years his junior, he was married to her mother. Michael and Danielle had two children, ages 15 and 11 at the time of the killing.
Danielle Redlick told investigators that she and her husband had been arguing after he found flirty text messages she had sent another man.
On the night he died, she said, he started a fight by spitting a piece of hamburger in her face. She said he pushed her against a counter and she grabbed a knife to defend herself; when her husband took it away, she fled to the bathroom.
When she came out, she said, she found her husband lying bloody on the living room floor. She said she attempted CPR but then fell asleep.
The next morning, when she called 911, she told the dispatcher, “He’s stiff and he might have had a heart attack, I don’t know.”
She told police she didn’t report the death earlier because she couldn’t find her phone. Phone records indicate that two hours before she called 911, she used her phone to check a dating app, the police affidavit said.
Redlick is to be sentenced Aug. 5 on the tampering charge. She has been in jail since the killing but is likely to be released soon on $15,000 bail for the lesser charge.