A Florida woman goes on trial this week for the stabbing death of her husband, which she waited more than 11 hours to report.
Danielle Redlick in her 2019 booking mug, and in court June 2022. (Orange County Sheriff’s Department; Associated Press)
Danielle Redlick, 48, is charged with second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence after the death Jan. 11, 2019, of her husband, Michael Redlick, 65.
Opening statements Thursday are expected to focus on the bloody scene in the couple’s upscale Winter Park home and the defendant’s changing story.
In the courtroom for selection of the jury — five men, one woman — Danielle Redlick looked much changed from her booking mug, now wearing glasses and with her hair long and gray.
The arrest affidavit from 2019 says that when she finally called 911 the following morning, Redlick told the dispatcher she thought her husband had died of a heart attack. Police arrived to find bloody towels, bloody footprints and the strong smell of bleach. Michael Redlick, on the living room floor, had stab wounds to his torso.
His wife then claimed that the victim had stabbed himself during an argument. She said she didn’t report it immediately because she couldn’t find her phone.
Phone records indicate that two hours before she called 911, Danielle Redlick used her phone to check a dating app, the police affidavit said.
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.
TV station WFTV reported that he met Danielle, 20 years his junior, when he was married to her mother, Kathleen Aquino. After Aquino died of cancer, Michael and Danielle married in 2004. They had two children, ages 15 and 11 at the time of the killing. Danielle listed her occupation as an unemployed communications professional and photographer.
In March 2018, Danielle Redlick filed for divorce but failed to take subsequent steps, and a judge dismissed the petition. The couple were again living together in January 2019.
Redlick told investigators that two days before his death, her husband found flirty text messages she had sent another man, and that they had been arguing.
On the night he died, she said, he started a fight by spitting a piece of hamburger in her face. She said she grabbed a knife to defend herself and her husband took it away. …read more
Source:: The Mercury News