Dan Belc is Found Guilty of Murder and Sentenced to Life Without Parole
BLOUNTSTOWN – On Friday, emotional testimony from relatives of murdered Mennonite woman Judy Belc was followed by her husband Dan Belc receiving a life sentence without the possibility of parole in connection with her gruesome murder last year.
The story starts on Dessie Stone Road in Blountstown and culminates with Dan arriving at Marianna JCSO with her body in his trunk.
Early Life and Education
After graduating film school, Belc served as script supervisor and assistant director on some of Romania’s New Wave landmarks – such as Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or-winning “4 Months 3 Weeks and 2 Days,” directed by Corneliu Porumboiu; Cinema Mon Amour by Corneliu Porumboiu and Corneliu Porumboiu respectively. Additionally he directed Metronom which premiered at Cannes under Un Certain Regard sidebar.
BELC failed its health inspection as well as background checks or professional development participation, according to records. BELC closed after this inspection was performed and has yet to reopen since.
On Oct. 28, a Calhoun County jury found Belc guilty of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault and sentenced him to life without parole. During his trial, his son testified that his father became violent when learning from his wife that two of their children had fathers other than himself.
BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. — A Calhoun County jury has found German national Dan Belc guilty of shooting and killing his wife. Belc was charged with First Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault Friday and now faces life without the possibility of parole.
On a 911 recording, he reported his wife had filed for a divorce and became angry, leading him to shoot her multiple times before driving her body back to Jackson County and surrendering himself at the sheriff’s office there.
Belc, who had planned to represent himself at his trial, instead asked for legal representation on trial day. All rights are reserved by 2022 WJHG and cannot be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed in any way.
Achievement and Honors
Belc has received many honors and awards for his work, such as a Golden Bear award at Berlin Film Festival. Additionally, he served as script supervisor and assistant director on key Romanian New Wave milestones, such as Cristian Mungiu’s Palme d’Or-winning “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and Corneliu Porumboiu’s “Police Adjective”.
In 2021, Belk led Houston’s defense to victory with one of the top pass defenses in the country and led their defensive line on what quickly became known as “Sack Ave,” amassing 45.0 sacks throughout the season.
On Friday, a Calhoun County judge sentenced Dan Belc to Life-without-Parole after hearing emotional testimony from his victim’s family. Prosecutors allege he killed Judith Yoder Belc in 2018 by shooting multiple times inside her family home in Blountstown.
Calhoun County murder trial: On the second day of testimony at Judith Belc’s murder trial, her son gave an emotionally wrenching statement in court about trying to persuade his father not to kill his mother.
In March of 2018 at their family home on Dessie Stone Road in Blountstown, Judith Belc was shot to death by her estranged husband. A witness reported hearing multiple gunshots outside and believed there had been fighting between his sister and her estranged spouse prior to her shooting death.
Police believe Belc travelled from Germany to confront his wife after she filed for a divorce and kill her, before turning himself in at Jackson County sheriff’s office in Marianna around 4 am Friday – with his body hidden inside his trunk of his vehicle.
Blountstown, Florida — Relatives of murdered Mennonite woman Judy Yoder Belc have met her husband for the first time since he killed her March 14. On Monday afternoon in Calhoun County Circuit Court in Blountstown.
Trial for Dan Belc was set to commence Monday but was postponed because he requested legal representation the day of court’s scheduled appearance. Belc is accused of shooting and killing his wife in 2018.
Krys Malcolm Belc is an author specializing in nonbinary, transmasculine experiences of giving birth and raising families. Her memoir The Natural Mother of the Child was recently published by Counterpoint. Vogue recently spoke with her about her writing process as well as the need for greater dialogue about gendered expectations during gestation, birth, and parenting.