University of Central Florida faculty member, 65, ‘stabbed himself to death when we argued’, says his wife police say she killed him, tried to cover it up
Danielle Redlick, of Winter Park, Orlando, has been arrested on a murder charge in the stabbing death of Michael Redlick a former professional sports front office executive now employed at the Univ of Central Florida
Mother-of-two Danielle, 45, has been accused of stabbing her husband Michael, 65 on Jan 12 inside their Winter Park home in Orlando, Fla
She reportedly waited 11 hours to call police after the death of husband Michael Redlick on Jan, 12
She waited 11 hours to call the authorities and report Michael Redlick’s death, and even checked her messages on a dating app before calling for help, phone records revealed
She told police she she was exhausted from helping Michael and fell asleep – police say she checked her messages on the dating app ‘ MeetMindful’, two hours before calling 911
‘He’s stiff and he might have had a heart attack. I don’t know,’ she initially claimed, then quickly changed her story insisting her husband had ‘stabbed himself’ following a dispute between them, police said
The couple who share two children, 13 and 11, reportedly filed for divorce in 2018 to end a 13-year marriage described as “rocky” and “toxic,”by insiders
The divorce case filed by Danielle was thrown out because the judge felt the papers were not properly served to the Michael
Danielle Redlick who has a drinking problem, was not allowed to drink. She was on probation since January after resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct
The wife of a University of Central Florida faculty member found dead in his home was arrested on a murder charge on Wednesday after claiming her husband had ‘stabbed himself’.
Danielle Redlick, 45, of Winter Park, Orlando, waited 11 hours to call the authorities and report the ‘tragedy’ of 65-year-old Michael Redlick’s death on January 12 – and even checked her messages on a dating app before making the call, authorities said.
‘He’s stiff and he might have had a heart attack. I don’t know,’ she first claimed, according to a charging affidavit.But this was quickly changed to the mother-of-two insisting her husband had ‘stabbed himself’ following a dispute between the couple.
‘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,’ she told the 911 dispatcher, according to the affidavit obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
But two days after Michael Redlick’s death, medical examiners determined he had died of a stab wound that was not self-inflicted.
Investigators noted the scene and victim had been tampered with. Bloody towers were found around the victim and the house smelled strongly of bleach.
Explaining why she didn’t immediately call police, Redlick – who has two children aged 15 and 11 – told the authorities that she was scared and exhausted, having fell asleep next to her husband’s body after attempting CPR.
However, Redlick’s phone showed she was checking messages on a dating app, MeetMindful, around two hours before her 911 call, the affidavit states. Redlick also claimed she kept slipping on her husband’s blood while trying to help him and so cleaned the area with towels.
According to the arrest report, Redlick rang the emergency services at around 9.30am on the Saturday morning – 11 hours after she said the fight with her ‘drunk, angry’ husband first began.
It started when he spat a piece of a McDonald’s hamburger into her face, Redlick told police. But two days following Michael Redlick’ death in his Winter Park home, medical examiners determined he had died of a stab wound that was not self-inflicted.
She then claims to have grabbed a serrated knife from the couple’s kitchen before her husband snatched the blade from her and ‘began making stabbing motions toward himself,’ Redlick told officers.
Court records purportedly show Redlick had filed for divorce from Mr Redlick in March 2018, describing their then 13-year marriage as ‘irretrievably broken’.
Yet a judge apparently dismissed the petition in November, indicating that Mr Redlick had not been properly served the divorce papers.Officers were informed by those who knew the couple that their relationship was ‘rocky’ and ‘toxic’.
Following her husband’s death, Redlick was taken to a local hospital by paramedics as she had tried to harm herself. Her medical records revealed she had alcohol in her system.
At the time, Redlick was on probation from a January 2018 arrest in Seminole County for resisting an officer.
She was arrested on a probation violation charge on January 23.
Prior to his death, Michael Redlick, who was the director of external affairs and partnership relations for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF, told a witness his wife was ‘crazy but as long as I hide the steak knives I should be good’, according to the report.
Redlick has been charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence and was booked into the Orange County Jail on Wednesday.
Victim: Before being hired at Univ Of Central Florida, Michael Redlick spent over 20 years working as an executive for several professional sports teams, including NFL teams San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns and the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers.
Danielle Redlick reportedly, filed for divorce in March 2018, describing their then-13-year marriage as “irretrievably broken.” A judge dismissed the petition in November, indicating that Michael Redlick had not been properly served with divorce papers.
In her divorce petition, Danielle Redlick sought to share custody of the couple’s two children as well as alimony and the “exclusive use” of the Danielle an unemployed communications professional and photographer.
She also sought the restoration of her name prior to marriage: Danielle Drohan.
A person who knew the Redlicks told detectives their relationship was “rocky” and “toxic,” records show. Another friend said Danielle Redlick would get angry when she drank too much, and once started throwing punches after about five drinks on a night out.
After her husband’s death, paramedics took Danielle Redlick to a hospital because she had tried to hurt herself, records show. Her medical records revealed she had alcohol in her system.
At the time, Danielle Redlick was not allowed to drink.
The Orlando sentinel reports that she was on probation from a January 2018 arrest in Seminole County on charges of resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct. Police arrested her on a probation violation charge Jan. 23.