A Florida woman accused of stabbing her estranged husband to death was his stepdaughter.
Danielle Redlick, 45 years old, is faced with second-degree murders and a burden of proof for murdering 65-year-old Michael Redlick in their Winter Park house in January.
Danielle claimed that Michael, an official from the University of Central Florida who was 20 years older, stabbed herself after she had found text messages from another man on her phone.
A friend of the researchers told that Michael was dating Danielle & # 39; s mother, Kathleen Aquino, at the end of the 1990s, who was later diagnosed with breast cancer.
Danielle Redlick (left), 45, was the stepdaughter of Michael Redlick (right), 65, before marrying her in the early 2000s
Michael married Danielle's mother, Kathleen Aquino, at the end of 1999 to give her access to his health insurance policy following her diagnosis of breast cancer; she died in 1999
Because the woman, known to her lover as & # 39; Cathy & # 39 ;, had inadequate medical insurance, Redlick is said to have married her so that she could get better coverage according to his health plan, according to Fox 35.
Aquino lost its fight against cancer in 1999, 45 years old. She was resting in Westlake, Ohio, where her grave marker reads: & # 39; Loving Mother & Wife. & # 39;
Her husband and her widow apparently then fell in love with, and began dating, her daughter, who was 20 years younger, according to the unnamed family friend.
Danielle Redlick told her that she had known Michael for three years before they started a romantic relationship. At the time of his death, the couple had been married for 17 years and had two children between the ages of 11 and 15.
The family history of Danielle and Michael is described in detail in documents about discoveries that the public prosecutor released last Thursday.
The papers also contained the content of a conversation Michael had with a friend, who later told the researchers: & I said how things are at home or how is your wife, and he (Michael) would say, "As long as I can lock up the blades on, I'm OK ". & # 39;
Recent photos & videos and # 39; s from the investigation show the state of the house after Redlick called 911 to report that her husband was stabbed – 11 hours after the police said it was happening.
The police reported red stripes on the floors and blood spatters on the walls of the kitchen, living room and bedroom.
Prosecutors said there were signs that Redlick was trying to clean the scene after officials found bloody towels, a mop, and a bucket.
There was a bloody knife on the floor, along with two others in the sink.
According to an updated autopsy report, Michael Redlick died of a stab wound to the trunk that cut the basil vein. The medical investigator told the police that it would only take five to six minutes for him to bleed.
Photos released by the authorities showed a knife on the kitchen floor of the house and blood spattered across the floor (circled)
Michael Redlick (right) died at his home after he and his wife argued about texts sent to her by another man
In an interview with detectives at a hospital in Orlando, Danielle Redlick refused to elaborate on the night her husband died.
But she explained that they had argued about an SMS sent to her by another man.
& # 39; He found another man's text for me & # 39 ;, she told Winter Park police in an January 12 interview with AdventHealth Orlando.
& # 39; We had some problems and last year he essentially cheated on me and it was a big, long drawn out thing. And in the end we came together again to live together again and possibly try to work it through, but I think that really didn't happen and in my mind it would inevitably probably separate again. & # 39;
She explained why she didn't call the police right away and told the authorities that she was scared and exhausted and had fallen asleep beside her husband's body after a resuscitation attempt.
However, Redlick's phone showed that she checked the messages on a dating app, MeetMindful, about two hours before her 911 phone call.
The couple's suburban Winter Park house where stabbing took place earlier this year
Redlick also claimed that she continued to cover her husband's blood while trying to help him and so cleaned the area with towels.
According to the arrest report, Redlick called the emergency services around 9.30 am on Saturday morning – 11 am after she said the fight with her & # 39; drunk, angry & # 39; man first started.
It started when he spit a piece of hamburger from a McDonald's in her face, Redlick told the police.
She then claims to have taken a serrated knife from the couple's kitchen before her husband jerked off the blade and started making stabbing movements to herself & # 39 ;, Redlick told agents.
Testimonials from the court show that Redlick had filed for divorce in March 2018 with Mr. Redlick, in which the marriage was described as & # 39; irreparably broken & # 39 ;.
Redlick was accused of messing around with a crime scene about accusations she had swept across the floor. Despite her attempts to clean, however, the police still found bloody stains on the floor
However, a judge apparently rejected the petition in November, indicating that Mr. Redlick had not properly served the divorce papers.
Officers were informed by those who knew the couple that their relationship & # 39; rocky & # 39; and & # 39; toxic & # 39; used to be.
After her husband's death, Redlick was taken by paramedics to a local hospital for trying to harm herself. Her medical records revealed that she had alcohol in her system.
At the time, Redlick was on trial for a January 2018 arrest in Seminole County for opposing an officer.
She was arrested on January 23 for a probationary violation.
Prior to his death, Redlick, who was director of external affairs and collaborative relationships for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF, told a witness that his wife was crazy, but as long as I hide the steak knives I should are & # 39; , according to the report.
Redlick & # 39; s trial is provisionally scheduled to begin June 17.
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