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Michael Redlick colleagues organize fundraiser for his children after wife's arrest

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The fund launched the same day a judge ordered Danielle Redlick to be held without bond in connection with her husband's death.
by: Tim Freed Managing Editor

Former colleagues of Michael Redlick, the University of Central Florida executive who was slain in his Winter Park home last month, have organized a college scholarship fund on GoFundMe for Redlick’s two surviving children.

Last week, Winter Park Police Department investigators arrested Redlick’s wife, Danielle Redlick, 45, and charged her with second-degree murder with a weapon and tampering with evidence. She made her first court appearance Feb. 7, and a judge ordered her to be held with no bond and barred her from any unsupervised contact with her children.

Danielle Redlick’s arrest came less than a month after Winter Park officers responded Jan. 12 to the home at  1231 Temple Drive in reference to a deceased male. The call was made to police by Danielle Redlick, who told an operator her husband appeared to have suffered a heart attack. She then told the operator they had an altercation the night before and that Michael Redlock had stabbed himself before she hid in a bathroom, according to a written account accompanying the arrest warrant.

The same report states Danielle Redlick said she went to check on her husband but was too late.

According to Danielle Redlick, she waited 11 hours before calling the police and claimed she didn’t call sooner because she was on probation and was afraid no one would believe her.

Michael Redlick’s body was found by police with a stab wound on the left shoulder, and officers observed Danielle had blood on the right side of her neck, lacerations on her wrists and blood on her feet. Police also noticed blood on the floor with circular marks made in it, as if someone attempted to clean it up. 

In a Department of Children and Families interview with Danielle following the incident, she claimed that the altercation stemmed from when she was eating a McDonald’s hamburger. She said that her husband took a bite out of her burger and spat it in her face before pushing her down to the ground. She reached for a knife to defend herself, but her husband managed to take it away before making “stabbing motions” at himself.

Michael Redlick, 65, most recently worked at the University of Central Florida as the Director of External Affairs and Partnership Relations for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program.

Tim Freed was the managing editor for the West Orange Times & Observer and the Southwest Orange Observer. He previously spent six years covering the Winter Park/Maitland area and is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

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