A Florida woman who has been accused of murdering her husband, an ex-NBA executive, was, in fact, his stepdaughter, a bombshell report claims.
According to WFTV, 45-year-old Danielle Redlick, who was arrested in February for fatally stabbing her husband, 65-year-old Michael Redlick, was not only his wife but his stepdaughter as well.
Family and friends told the station that Michael, a former Memphis Grizzlies executive who was working as a faculty member at the University of Central Florida, fell in love with Danielle after her mother, his second wife, died from cancer.
Investigators are of the belief that Michael only married Danielle's mom so she could get better health coverage, a theory that was backed by a family friend. "In fairness to Mike, Danielle's mother was dying of cancer when they were dating," the friend was quoted saying. "She had terrible insurance."
After Danielle's mother died, Michael fell in love with her, and right from the start, their relationship was a rocky one. Neighbors said they often saw Michael moving out of their home in Winter Park so their two children would not see them fighting.
Things came to a head this past January when Danielle allegedly fatally stabbed him following another one of their arguments. After the incident, she is said to have waited more than 11 hours before calling 911.
She initially claimed to detectives that Michael had suffered a heart attack, something that was quickly debunked after they found bloody towels, a bloody mop, bloody footprints, and a strong smell of bleach in the residence.
The 45-year-old then changed her story and said Michael had stabbed himself during an argument, another claim that did not hold up in the face of evidence considering her husband had suffered defensive wounds on his hands.
Authorities eventually concluded that the wounds were not self-inflicted and that his death was a homicide from stab wounds to the torso and Danielle was charged with second-degree murder with a weapon and evidence tampering.
In investigation records released last week by the Orange-Osceola State Attorney's Office, Danielle told police that in the lead up to his death, her husband had cheated on her and that they had separated before ultimately deciding to reconcile and move back in together.
She said he was talking to another woman and that after they got back together, they fought once again because he found flirty text messages she had exchanged with another man. Two days after that fight, he was found dead.
WFTV reported that their two children, an 11-year-old boy, and a 15-year-old girl, told investigators that Danielle was usually the aggressor in the fights and that they will testify against the 45-year-old during her trial.