Jose Baez: Casey Anthony rejected early plea deal

Anthony found not guilty of murdering daughter

ORLANDO, Fla. - Casey Anthony's attorney says he originally considered whether she should plead guilty to a lesser charge to avoid the death penalty if convicted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

In his just-released book "Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story," attorney Jose Baez wrote that prosecutors offered the Orlando mother a plea deal in 2008. He told The Associated Press this week that Anthony "would not entertain it for a second."

Anthony, 26, was acquitted one year ago of all charges except for four misdemeanors of lying to investigators.

Caylee went missing in the summer of 2008. Her body was found in December 2008 in a wooded area near the Anthony home.

Baez said he occasionally speaks to Anthony, whom he referred to as a former client.

Anthony's probation on unrelated check fraud charges ends Aug. 21.

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