First and Second Degree Murder

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The most serious form of criminal homicide is first degree murder. Our Criminal Defense Lawyers in Fort Lauderdale explain that in a typical case, first degree murder is both pre-meditated and intentional. Pre-meditated may refer to a short term plan or a long term plan to kill the victim. The intent of the murderer does … Read more First and Second Degree Murder

Murder in Florida

Florida murder defense attorney approach in defending homicide cases is done through experience which is limited to very few practitioners. Florida murder defense attorney case defenses There are certain circumstances under which the death of the individual took place, which can provide grounds for pleading to a lesser charge. The Florida murder defense attorney can try to … Read more Murder in Florida

Florida Homicide Cases (part 2)

Defense Investigation by Attorney William R. Moore in Broward County, Florida

In a murder trial, our Criminal Lawyers in Broward may attempt to establish either that murder was not committed by them, there were special circumstances that resulted in the death of the individual concerned, or that the penalty being sought by the prosecution does not fit the crime. Intentional killing of a human being in an unlawful manner is legally defined as murder. However, a case of murder is quite complex and murder charges are further divided into different degrees of felony offenses in Florida, and other types of murder charges. The categorization will depend on the circumstances of each case, and defenses will be built accordingly. – South Florida homicide defense attorney

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Follow Up: Death Penalty Sought for Casey Anthony

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Broward criminal lawyer William Moore has been following the Casey Anthony saga since it began last summer. A little girl, Caylee Anthony, was not quite three years old when she disappeared. The girl’s grandmother reported her missing in July after she could not extricate information about Caylee’s whereabouts from her daughter Casey.
For months, the news media has reported on this story. Casey was arrested in connection with Caylee’s disappearance in October. She was charged with the first-degree murder of her daughter. Making the case more problematic for the prosecution, however, was the fact that Caylee’s body had not been located. According to Broward criminal attorney Moore, not have her remains makes it more difficult to prove that she is even dead. Additionally, it makes forensic research difficult for detectives and the state’s expert witnesses. The information found on or near human remains can lead to a conviction – or an exoneration – in murder cases.

Caylee Anthony’s remains were eventually located very near to the Anthonys’ home in December. Casey Anthony maintains that she left her daughter with a baby-sitter by the name of Zenaida Gonzalez and that she had not seen the girl since. Gonzalez has filed a civil lawsuit against Casey Anthony for defamation, saying that the accusations “ruined” her entire life. She says she has never met Casey Anthony or Caylee and that she certainly was not entrusted with the toddler to care for her.

Initially, the State Attorney’s Office indicated that it would not seek capital punishment for the murder of Caylee Anthony. However, that was shortly before Caylee’s remains were found. Now, prosecutors have backtracked from their earlier position: they stated this week that they will seek the death penalty for Anthony.
The news comes as a surprise to many familiar with the case. Few women ever face the death penalty in the United States, making Casey Anthony’s case unusual and even more likely to attract media attention. Prosecutors say the death penalty is necessary. In a filing with the court, they stated that the “aggravating circumstances” of Caylee’s death make the death penalty a more viable option.

Bob Jarvis, a professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, believes prosecutors may be pushing for the death penalty for leverage. Anthony has been unwilling to plead guilty. He believes that even if she is convicted by a jury, they will not be inclined to execute her. “We don’t execute women in Florida. Juries find it very difficult to send young women to death row,” Jarvis said.

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