Slain toddler’s mom wants trial moved to S. Fla.
ORLANDO, Fla. — The attorney for a Florida mother charged with killing her toddler daughter asked a judge Monday to move the trial to South Florida.
Jose Baez filed a motion for a change of venue. He told reporters that he didn’t believe his client could get a fair trial in Orlando in central Florida due to the excessive local media coverage. Prosecutors, who have said they will seek the death penalty if Casey Anthony is convicted, did not immediately return messages asking for comment.
“The local coverage has been so constant and at times so inflammatory that members of the local community have already formed their opinions without even hearing one piece of evidence,” Baez said. “This case has become deeply embedded in this community.”
Casey Anthony is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, who disappeared last summer. Caylee’s remains were not found until December in woods near the house she lived with her mother and grandparents.
Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty and claims Caylee was kidnapped by a baby sitter.