A Florida woman has been charged with her estranged husband's murder in a bizarre case that involves a dating app and a McDonald's hamburger.
Danielle Redlick, 45, called 911 on Jan. 12 and reported a “tragedy:” the death of her husband Michael Redlick, 65, a University of Central Florida faculty member and former executive for the Memphis Grizzlies, in a Winter Park, Florida home, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
“He’s stiff and he might have had a heart attack. I don’t know,” Redlick said during her call 911, according to a charging affidavit cited by the Orlando Sentinel.
But even on the 911 call, her story began to change, telling the operator that Michael Redlick had stabbed himself.
“We had an altercation and he stabbed himself, and I ran and hid in the bathroom and when I came out I was trying to help him and saw he was lying in blood and then I tried to help him and I couldn’t.”
Redlick claimed the argument that triggered his supposed self-stabbing happened after he took a bite of the McDonald’s hamburger she was eating and spat it at her, according to that affidavit.
His death, however, was ruled a homicide and a medical examiner stated that there was no way he could have inflicted such injuries on himself, according to WREG in Memphis.
In addition, Danielle Redlick allegedly waited 11 hours after the violent altercation, and even checked messages on the dating site MeetMindful, before calling police. When she was arrested, Redlick asked for a lawyer before remaining silent, WREG reports. The home smelled of bleach and there were signs that indicated that someone was trying to clean up the blood on the floor, according to the affidavit.
Redlick filed for divorce from her slain husband last March and reportedly was seeking custody of their children, ages 15 and 11.
She faces charges of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. She is being held without bond.
Michael Redlick was the director of external affairs and partnership relations for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida.
Richard Lapchick, chair of the DeVos program, told the Orlando Sentinel, “My primary thought after today’s news is that we are deeply saddened by it and all our thoughts, prayers and actions are focused on the children and the family and ways we can support them. Our students feel the same way.”
[Photo: Orange County Jail]
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