ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – The wife of the slain University of Central Florida employee was charged in his death Wednesday after Winter Park detectives said she claimed her husband had inflicted his fatal wound by stabbing himself and then waited 11 hours to call for help, according to the arrest report.
Winter Park police said Michael Redlick, 65, was found dead Jan. 12 in his Winter Park home on Temple Drive. Two days later, medical examiners determined he died of a stab wound that was not self-inflicted.
The victim’s wife, Danielle Redlick, 45, was booked into the Orange County Jail on Wednesday just before noon. She is charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.
A judge on Thursday ordered Redlick to be held without bond. She was also told she is not allowed to have unsupervised contact with her two children, who neighbors said are in the custody of their grandparents.
Winter Park police officials said Danielle Redlick is accused of stabbing Michael Redlick. According to the arrest warrant, the suspect called 911 the day after she had a fight with the victim and told operators Michael Redlick had stabbed himself.
According to the arrest warrant, Danielle Redlick called 911 on Jan. 12 and told operators there had been a “tragedy at her home” and her husband was dead.
The suspect told operators her husband had died the night before she called 911. Police said she waited 11 hours before calling.
“We had an altercation and he stabbed himself and I ran and hid in the bathroom,” she said in the 911 call.” 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 later told detectives her husband kept saying “Sam Katie” in reference to the movie 1991 “Cape Fear” before she emerged from the bathroom and followed a bloody trail to his body. The characters in the movie are Max Cady and Sam Bowden, according to the movie’s IMBD page.
Danielle Redlick said she had been trying to “figure out what to do” since the stabbing, according to the arrest report. She also said her husband had a heart attack, but “the stabbing triggered it.” Medical examiners found no sign of a heart attack, according to the report.
In the 911, Daniell Redlick said she had waited so long to call because she was scared, exhausted and on probation, according to the arrest report. She told detectives she eventually fell asleep next to his body after attempting CPR.
Danielle Redlick was also arrested on Jan. 23 by Winter Park police on a Seminole County warrant. The violation of probation stems from a January 2018 charge of resisting an officer.
When Winter Park police arrived, they said they found the suspect had cut her wrists and she was taken to the hospital. Officer said they found broken eggshells in the driveway, inside and outside the victim’s Lexus.
Officers also noted the scene and victim had been tampered with. Bloody towels were found around the victim and a strong smell of bleach was in the home, according to the report. Blood-stained towels were found throughout the residence, police said.
Michael Redlick was the director of external affairs and partnership relations for the DeVos Sport Business Management Program at UCF.
Prior to his death, Michael Redlick told a witness his wife “is crazy bus as long as I hide the steak knives everything will be fine,” according to the report.
Records show Winter Park police were called to the Redlick family home by the victim or interacted with Danielle Redlick on several occasions for violent behavior toward her husband and others.