it’s official: check fraud case will be heard before murder trial
According to media sources, Judge Strickland has ruled that the check-fraud case against Casey Anthony will be heard prior to the murder trial. This is an important decision, and there was much speculation with regards to how Strickland would rule.
It appears that Judge Strickland has based his decision on the weight of the impact to the victim, Amy Huizenga, who has a right to have the case heard and resolved.
If Huizenga prevails, and Casey Anthony is found guilty in this case, then she will stand trial for murder with a felony conviction on her record, adding weight in sentencing for the murder trial should she be found guilty.
The state has agreed to a non jury trial. It is anyone’s guess if the defense will agree to a non jury trial or not.
Here are links to WESH and Orlando Sentinel sources for this topic: