Casey Anthony lawyers return to court to fight reimbursement motion


September 2, 2011 Leave a Comment

Casey Anthony’s attorneys will be in court Friday fighting a motion by prosecutors to have her reimburse the costs of the investigation into her daughter’s disappearance and death and Anthony’s subsequent trial.

Court documents filed by the state attorney’s office and law enforcement agencies indicate those costs are at least $516,099.31.

Anthony is not expected to attend the hearing Friday in front of Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr.

Anthony has been in seclusion since her July acquittal on murder charges in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter and her subsequent release from jail.

But in the same case, a Florida jury convicted her on four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers.

Caylee Anthony’s skeletal remains were found in December 2008 in woods less than a mile from her grandparents’ Florida home.

Anthony’s attorneys admitted she lied to authorities during the search for her daughter, saying she knew that she was dead. Her attorneys have alleged that the young girl died accidentally.

In seeking reimbursement, prosecutors have cited a Florida law that allows the state to fine defendants in criminal cases to recoup money spent.

Prosecutors say the Orange County Sheriff’s Office spent $293,123.77 on the case and the district attorney’s office spent at least $140,390.60. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement spent $71,939.56 and the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation spent $10,645.38, according to court documents.

CNN News

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