April 14, 2009

State reverses itself, will seek death in Casey Anthony case

Posted: 04:09 AM ET

NEW YORK (CNN) - In a dramatic reversal, the Florida state attorney's office announced Monday it will seek the death penalty against Casey Anthony, the 23-year-old woman charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of her daughter Caylee, 2,  Trial is set for October.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of her daughter Caylee, 2, Trial is set for October.

The state had previously said it would not ask for the death sentence for Anthony.

The development could have a major impact on how the case plays out at trial, including whether defense attorney Jose Baez can stay on the case.

Baez has not been certified by the court to defend capital punishment cases.

Prosecutors announced their change in strategy in a letter of intent. Read the letter of intent (pdf)

Meanwhile, Anthony's defense filed a motion on Friday with Orange County Circuit Court, seeking more phone records from a dozen people involved in the case. The motion asks for any and all records for "phone calls, text messages, P2P communications, Internet usage, WAP usage, and cell tower pings."

The defense wants records from the defendant's parents, George and Cindy Anthony; her former fiancé, Jesse Grund; her brother, Lee Anthony; a friend, Amy Huizenga; and Roy Kronk, the meter reader who found Caylee's remains in December of last year.

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Dave of Detroit   April 14th, 2009 10:59 am ET

Nothing like tons of media exposure to raise the "Ante"-Reminds me of the O.J Simpson Trial. I, for one, think that the TV in the Courtroom is going to wind up the same as our TV coverage of Congress. The taxpayer is going to pay millions of times more for the so-called justice, and our Conngress has more make-up rooms than they have "Conference Rooms!" Personally, I thought the Country ran better when they weren't as pretty and could even sweat a bit. "Too many TV stars spoils the Country" is my updated version of "Too many chiefs apoil the cake!"

Ericka DiRe   April 14th, 2009 2:21 pm ET

NO!!!! This is what Casey Anthony needs and it's really a simple concept. No death penalty with 15 years or more for appeals while she lives in safety in a private cell. Give her LIFE IN GENERAL POPULATION, see??? Let her defend herself like her daughter Caylee tried to defend herself against her OWN MOTHER. Let Casey live!!! She won't last long in the school yard, I guarantee ya!!!!

Dodie from Irvine CA   April 14th, 2009 2:29 pm ET

I only hope there is irrefutable evidence before the death penalty can be imposed!

There are always ways to obtain someone's DNA in order to set them up!

Terry, TX   April 14th, 2009 4:41 pm ET

She should be tried under a death penalty.....believe me they wouldn't go after it if they thought they couldn't get it. It will be in the courts hands.

Dave of Detroit   April 15th, 2009 12:49 am ET

Has anyone but me noticed the similarity in the disposal of the bodies in this case and the Cantu case? Mentally unbalanced people can be set off in a number of ways and the media coverage of this trial may have triggered the Cantu slaying.......

Taunya   April 15th, 2009 8:54 am ET

Casey Anthony is a very sick minded poor selfish and arrogant judge of character, she should admit to what she has done. She has got quite the nerve!! I too feel her family is playing her game and backing her up in some shape or form.. She too deserves the death penalty and no excuses for her ither. Look at Susan Smith, why did she get off so easily? she too deserves the death penalty. I would never in this life trust a soul with anyone of my children..

janette tx   April 15th, 2009 4:45 pm ET


ronvan   April 16th, 2009 9:13 am ET

I just do not understand! Someone kills another human being & gets the death penalty. Another gets life, and others get X number of years.
If it is proven that it was murder, not accidental or self-defense, then it should be, at minimum, life without parole. Far to many cases where our justice system fails and justice/retribution is lost.

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