Thirty-six hours before he was gunned down in his Tallahassee home, law professor Dan Markel was pondering the death penalty.
On that night, July 16, his thoughts drifted to the number of Death Row inmates whose sentences had been vacated in California. He posted an essay on the subject to his widely read legal blog before going to bed.
Around 11 a.m. on July 18, Markel, 41, was shot in the head. He died the following day.