The wife of a Florida college executive who reportedly claimed her husband fatally stabbed himself last month was charged with his murder Wednesday.
Danielle Redlick, 45, called 911 early January 12 and said her husband, Michael Redlick, 65, was dead in their Winter Park home. She told the dispatcher that they had an “altercation” and hid in a bathroom before coming out to find him lying in blood, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
In the 911 call, Danielle reportedly claimed she waited to call for help because she was scared, tired, and on probation. She told the dispatcher that she fell asleep next to her husband’s body after performing CPR, according to WKMG.
The Sentinel reported that Danielle has been on probation since a January 2018 arrest for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct. Danielle was to abstain from drinking, but was allegedly found with alcohol in her system after being hospitalized for cutting her wrists before cops’ arrival.
BREAKING: 45 year old Danielle Redlick is charged with with second degree murder. Police say she fatally stabbed her husband Michael, who was a UCF program executive. He was found dead at their home on Temple Drive in Winter park January 12th. I'll have more on @WESH tonight pic.twitter.com/QEIQd3mpd0
— Amanda Ober (@AmandaOberWESH) February 6, 2019
Winter Park Seargent Lisa Supat wrote that Michael’s body was found lying inside the home near the entrance. He had blood on his jeans and towels surrounding his body. Supat alleged that a blood trail leading to the master bedroom included stains which had circular marks, suggesting someone tried to clean it up. According to the outlet, she also noted that the residence smelled of bleach.
“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,” the suspect said during a 911 call.
Danielle later told Department of Children and Families officials that she was eating a hamburger when Michael took a bite of it and spit it in her face, which led to a fight. According to Supat, Danielle said she grabbed a knife but Michael got control of it and “began making stabbing motions toward himself.
Dr. Sara Zydowicz, a medical examiner who conducted an autopsy on the victim, said the stab wounds were not “self-inflicted.” He ruled Michael’s death as a homicide and noted some of the wounds appeared to be from self-defense.
Michael was the director of external affairs and partnership relations for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at the University of Central Florida. Citing the arrest report, WKMG reported that Michael had told someone that Danielle “is crazy but as long as I hide the steak knives everything will be fine.”
Former Memphis Grizzlies Exec murdered; wife charged in killing.
*Michael Redlick was EVP of Operations 2001-09
*Increased sponsorship revenue from $0 to $20 million
*Negotiated team’s naming rights deal w/FedEx
*Helped develop $250 million FedExForumhttps://t.co/qkrnhPDCdJ pic.twitter.com/4E0TZxLiEH
— Joyce Peterson (@MemphoNewsLady) February 7, 2019
According to the news station, Michael had previously called police to their home; officers had prior contact with Danielle for violent behavior towards her husband and others.
Moreover, court records obtained by the Sentinel stated that Danielle filed for divorce in March 2018, saying their 13-year marriage was “irretrievably broken.” The petition was reportedly dismissed in November, as a judge determined Michael wasn’t properly served with divorce papers.
More than three weeks after her husband’s death, police arrested Danielle on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with physical evidence. Her two children, ages 11 and 15, are reportedly with their grandparents as she remains jailed.
[Featured Image: Danielle Redlick/Orange County Jail; Michael Redlick/University of Central Florida]