A Florida woman who is facing second-degree murder charges for allegedly stabbing her husband to death reportedly used a dating app as he died in their home.
According to PEOPLE, authorities found Michael Redlick, 65, an executive at the University of Central Florida, deceased and bloodied near the entrance of his upscale Winter Park home on January 12. Danielle Redlick, 45, reportedly called 911 and claimed Michael had a heart attack before saying that her husband stabbed himself, which might’ve “triggered” the heart attack.
Danielle was accused of waiting 11 hours before calling 911. WKMG reported that she told the dispatcher that she fell asleep next to her husband’s body after performing CPR.
However, police alleged she spent some of those 11 hours using a dating app and checking messages on her phone, according to People.
Responding officers noted that Michael was surrounded by a pool of blood and bloody towels. Police wrote that a trail of blood leading to the master bedroom had circular stains, suggesting that someone tried to clean it up before their arrival. Officers also alleged that the Winter Park home reeked of bleach.
WKMG reported that Danielle also told the dispatcher that she and Michael had an “altercation” and she hid in the bathroom. She reportedly said she emerged from the bathroom to find him lying in his own blood.
A police report stated that Danielle 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, leading to a fight. Danielle said she grabbed a knife but Michael got control of it and “began making stabbing motions toward himself,” police wrote.
Contradicting statements made to the dispatcher and DCF, the Medical Examiner determined that Michael’s stab wounds weren’t self-inflicted and that some of his injuries were defensive. Officials ultimately deemed his death a homicide, according to People.
Danielle was arrested three weeks after the January 12 slaying. Citing court records, the Orlando Sentinel reported that she had been on probation since a January 2018 arrest for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct. She was to abstain from drinking but was allegedly found to have alcohol in her system after reportedly being hospitalized for cutting her wrists before cops’ arrival to the murder scene.
Danielle has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. She remains jailed without bond.
[Featured Image: Danielle Redlick/Orange County Jail; Michael Redlick/University of Central Florida]