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Casey Anthony Update: Judge to Weigh New Arguments Against Death Penalty for Mom Charged With Killing Toddler

Casey Anthony weeps in a courtroom of the Orange County Courthouse after she was found guilty on six counts of check fraud and adjudicated on seven other counts in Orlando, Fla., Monday, Jan. 25, 2010. She remains jailed, charged with first-degree murder for the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.(AP Photo/Red Huber, Pool) AP Photo/Red Huber

Casey Anthony (AP Photo/Red Huber)
ORLANDO (CBS/WKMG) Casey Anthony's defense attorney will get one more chance to make the case against the death penalty option in Anthony's upcoming murder trial for the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

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Judge Belvin Perry will reconsider four different motions Tuesday afternoon, including a request by Anthony's defense team to throw out the death penalty.

Last month the prosecution laid out their arguments for the death penalty, including that the murder of little Caylee was committed during the commission of another crime, in this case aggravated child abuse, with which she is also charged. At the time the judge ruled that Casey Anthony would face the death penalty if convicted of both charges.

Anthony's defense team will also request that the court compel the prosecution to turn over forensic documents, including results from tests performed on evidence gathered in the case. The prosecution has argued that the results are not available. The defense is also expected to argue against the use of certain forensic evidence.

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Court officials told CBS affiliate WKMG that the defense team is also asking the court to seal jail visitation logs.

Anthony's daughter, Caylee, was reported missing in July 2008, a month after Casey claims to have last seen her daughter. Caylee's remains were found five months later in a wooded area near the Anthony family's east Orange County, Fla. home.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty to murdering Caylee. Her trial is scheduled for May 2011.

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  • Carlin Miller

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