Michael Redlick, a University of Central Florida executive formerly with the Memphis Grizzles, reportedly told a friend his wife was “crazy, but as long as I hide the steak knives everything will be fine.” Police now say she fatally stabbed him. The Washington Post reports officers were suspicious of Danielle Redlick from the moment she called 911 on Jan. 12, 11 hours after her husband of 13 years died—even before they learned she had spent time on a dating app before making the call. Redlick, 45, initially described a suspected heart attack, then claimed her 65-year-old husband had grabbed a knife out of her hand and stabbed himself in the shoulder at their home in Winter Park, Fla. Officers say they arrived to find a “disheveled” Redlick, along with bloody towels, a stained mop, and the smell of bleach.
Redlick, charged Thursday with second-degree murder, is accused of stabbing her husband before heading to bed on Jan. 11, then “tampering with the crime scene knowing that a death investigation was forthcoming,” per an affidavit. Redlick, who encountered police at least twice during past arguments with her husband, recounted a different chain of events, starting with a fight over a McDonald’s hamburger. Per the affidavit, she claims her husband smashed her head against a stove before stabbing himself as she hid in a bathroom. In line with that narrative, Redlick’s lawyer suggested an act of self-defense in court Thursday, reports the Orlando Sentinel. However, the coroner said it was Michael’s body that showed injuries consistent with self-defense, and that his stab wound wasn’t self-inflicted, reports WFTV. (Read more murder stories.)