- (PHOTO:Facebook/Rebecca Ann Sedwick)
Jose Baez, the lawyer who successfully got an acquittal for Casey Anthony during her murder trial, has now been hired to represent one of the teens charged with stalking in connection with the death of Rebecca Sedwick.
Baez will be representing Katelyn Roman, the 12-year-old girl who was arrested and charged with aggravated stalking after Sedwick committed suicide after being bullied by several girls.
Sedwick took her own life on Sept. 10 after reportedly being physically, verbally, and cyber-bullied for two years. The situation gained national attention when Sheriff Grady Judd arrested two girls, including Roman, for "maliciously harassing" Sedwick.
Guadalupe Shaw, 14, reportedly posted a comment indicting herself in the bullying, which her parents adamantly deny. They maintain that their daughter's account was hacked, even though, according to CNN, investigators do not believe the Facebook account was tampered with.
"Yes I bullied Rebecca and she killed herself, but I don't give a (expletive)," the post read.
However, the girl's father, known only as Jose, told CNN that there was no way his daughter could have posted anything to her Facebook account. He sent his daughter to bed at approximately the same time the message was posted to the account.
"I grabbed the computer and took it to my room," Jose said, "and the only other thing she could have used to send this message was this cell phone, and my cell phone is always with me."
Sheriff Judd told ABC News that he was serious about Sedwick's death and the bullying that went along with it. Not only was he investigating the girls' actions but also those of the parents.
"If I could, they would already be in jail," he said on Wednesday. "But I can tell you this, that we're keeping our options open. The charge would be contributing to the delinquency of a minor. When the parents don't take care of the children and it becomes criminal conduct, then it becomes my responsibility, and my deputies and I know how to take control."