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Jurors in Casey Anthony trial will be from outside Orlando

ORLANDO

No Orlando residents to be on Anthony jury

Jurors in the trial of a Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter will be picked from outside Orlando, Chief Judge Belvin Perry ruled Monday after defense attorneys argued residents there were tainted by negative media reports. Perry also ruled that the jury would sequestered during the trial.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to murdering her daughter, Caylee. Her trial is set to start in May 2011.

Jose Baez, Anthony's lead attorney, argued that the jurors shouldn't be picked from Jacksonville, Tampa or Pensacola. The Jacksonville area recently has had two missing girl investigations, while Tampa's proximity to Orlando had exposed residents there to the case, Baez said. He faulted Pensacola for not having the same demographic makeup as Orlando.

FORT PIERCE

Fire burns 140 acres, threatens homes

A wildfire that started on Mother's Day in southwest Florida has burned 140 acres and threatened at least three homes. The cause of the fire in Fort Pierce is under investigation.

Associated Press

Jurors in Casey Anthony trial will be from outside Orlando 05/10/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 10, 2010 11:17pm]

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