Recent Developments in Florida
Broward criminal attorney William Moore has been following two missing children cases here in Florida for months now. The first is that of Caylee Anthony, the little girl who was not reported missing until July of last year, a month after her disappearance, and whose body was later found wrapped in duct tape inside a trash bag. The second is the much more recent case of Haleigh Cummings, a five-year-old who disappeared from her home last month and who has not yet been located.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer Moore says that Casey Anthony, the 22-year-old mother of Caylee Anthony, is facing a first-degree murder charge for her daughter’s death. Police allege that Casey killed her two-year-old daughter, then drove around with the girl’s remains in the trunk of her car. The prosecution plans to present evidence regarding the stench emanating from the vehicle, a smell which Casey Anthony claimed was old pizza, but investigators concluded was actually the scent of decomposing human remains. According to criminal defense attorney Moore, the toddler’s disappearance was reported by her grandmother, who had grown increasingly concerned about the child’s whereabouts after Casey Anthony had refused to provide details about Caylee’s location.
Casey Anthony was in court yesterday as her criminal defense lawyer argued several motions, including the family’s successful plea to keep the note left by her father during a suicide attempt out of the courtroom. Family members contended that it was unrelated, although Caylee’s grandfather had apparently indicated that he wanted to join Caylee in the afterlife. The judge agreed that the contents of the note were largely inflammatory and offered no real value to determining the guilt or innocence of Casey Anthony.
The other case that has been making waves is that of Haleigh Cummings, Broward defense attorney Moore says. The little girl and her brother were staying with their father Ronald Cummings last month in Palatka, although he was not home that evening. Their father’s girlfriend, 17-year-old Misty Croslin, told investigators that she put the children to bed at about 8:00 p.m. and went to sleep herself about two hours later. She woke up hours later to discover the little girl gone and the back door propped open with bricks. Her boyfriend, the father of the children, came home soon thereafter and the couple contacted the police. The story has been in the news again recently because of the decision of Cummings and Croslin to wed with the permission of the bride’s mother. The two married earlier this week and family members say that the decision was in part due to Haleigh’s desire to see the couple wed. The couple are honeymooning in New York City, where they are expected to appear on the Today Show to discuss Haleigh’s disappearance.
Broward criminal lawyer William Moore has experience in all kinds of criminal defense, including sex crimes and DUI. A conviction for a felony or misdemeanor can have consequences on your freedom, your employment, and your personal life. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in the south Florida area, contact William Moore, P.A., which has offices in Fort Lauderdale-Dade, Broward, and Fort Lauderdale Counties.
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