ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Florida prosecutors plan to seek to the
death penalty against the mother of slain Florida toddler Caylee
Prosecutors filed papers Monday of intent to seek to have
23-year-old Casey Anthony executed if she is convicted of
first-degree murder in her daughter's death, said Danielle
Tavernier, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office in
Anthony claims that Caylee, who was 2 when she disappeared in
June, was kidnapped and has pleaded not guilty. Her trial has been
tentatively set for October.
Anthony's legal team already has lawyers who are qualified to
defend death penalty cases and are prepared "for a vigorous
defense," said Marti Mackenzie, a spokeswoman for Anthony's
attorney, Jose Baez.
"This is not a death penalty case," Mackenzie said. "We will
do whatever is necessary to defend Casey Anthony from the state
trying to take her life."
Anthony was arrested last October, but prosecutors then didn't
indicate they would seek the death penalty.
Casey Anthony has insisted that she left the girl with a baby
sitter in June, but she didn't report Caylee missing for another
month. The child's grandmother first called authorities in July to
say that she hadn't seen Caylee for a month, and that her
daughter's car smelled like death.
A utility worker found the girl's body last December in woods
near where she lived with her mother and grandparents. Before the
discovery, hundreds of volunteers - most of whom had no personal
connection with the girl - had helped search for her.