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Expert: Picking a jury for Anthony case will be tough

Prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder case should learn this week if air samples from her car will be allowed as evidence.

Meanwhile, next month's jury selection may be strewn with land mines.

"This will be one of the most difficult cases in the history of Florida to find a fair and impartial jury," said Kendall Coffey, a Miami attorney, who's written a book about trying cases in the court of public opinion.

Coffey says Casey's already been convicted by the public at large.

"Well, the attorney will ask all the right questions, but sometimes jurors will not be as candid as they should be in a super-sized case like this," said Coffey.

He says there's the danger of a stealth juror, someone whose ambition is to write a book about the trial, go on TV and get their 15 minutes of fame.

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  • A Georgia man is recovering after he contracted a flesh-eating bacteria while vacationing in Panama City Beach, Fla., earlier this month. Tony Meredith, told reporters he began experiencing flu-like symptoms five days after he returned home from his annual family trip to the popular beach town. He was initially diagnosed with a kidney infection, but headed straight to the Emergency Room when his leg turned purple. Doctors diagnosed him with necrotizing fasciitis, more commonly known as a flesh-eating bacteria which kills the body’s soft tissue. He was told he contracted the disease in the water at Panama City Beach, through a tiny scratch below his knee.  Meredith says he is facing a four-week recovery period.  He is the fifth person to have contracted the flesh-eating bacteria in the Florida Gulf this summer, one woman died from the disease.  The Centers for Disease Control says the most deadly form, necrotizing fasciitis, is rare,  with just 20,000 cases a year and the chances of contracting it is unlikely.  They also caution that prompt care is important and say you should seek medical care immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms: A red or swollen area of skin that spreads quickly Severe pain, including pain beyond the area of the skin that is red or swollen Fever The CDC says common sense and good wound care are the best ways to prevent a bacterial skin infection. They suggest the following: Clean all minor cuts and injuries that break the skin (like blisters and scrapes) with soap and water. Clean and cover draining or open wounds with clean, dry bandages until they heal. See a doctor for puncture and other deep or serious wounds. Wash hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if washing is not possible. Care for fungal infections like athlete’s foot. If you have an open wound or skin infection, avoid spending time in: Hot tubs Swimming pools Natural bodies of water (e.g., lakes, rivers, oceans)
  • A decomposing body discovered earlier this year behind a cooler in a shuttered Iowa supermarket belongs to a Council Bluffs man who had been missing for more than a decade, authorities said Monday. >> Read more trending news According to the Des Moines Register, investigators believe that Larry Ely Murillo-Moncada, who worked at the No Frills Supermarket when he vanished in 2009, died in the store after falling off a cooler and getting stuck behind it.  Murillo-Moncada's parents, who filed a missing-person report Nov. 28 of that year, said their son, then 25, was upset when he fled from their home during a snowstorm, authorities said. They never saw him again. Workers found his remains in January 2019 while removing coolers from the store, which closed three years ago, CNN reported. Officials used DNA to identify the body as Murillo-Moncada's, according to the news outlet. Read more here or here.
  • Tuesday's forecast calls for a soggy afternoon as a tropical depression skirts the east coast of Florida. Tropical Depression 3 developed Monday over the northwestern Bahamas and is forecast to continue to move parallel to Florida, staying over water. WFTV Channel 9 meteorologist Brian Shields said the tropical depression won't impact our weather forecasts in Central Florida, but that we can expect increased rain chances Tuesday and Wednesday at 60 percent. The increased rain is forecast to keep temperatures slightly lower with highs in the lower 90s for the rest of the week.
  • A pregnant Georgia mother was holding her 2-year-old son’s hand when she was shot and killed at an Athens apartment complex Monday night, WSB-TV reported. >> Read more trending news The unborn baby did not survive, Athens-Clarke County police Deputy Chief Jerry Saulters told the news station. Bystanders were already attempting CPR when authorities arrived at the Clarke Garden apartments on Carriage Court just after 9:30 p.m., police said. It is not known if she died at the scene or if she was taken to a hospital. She was identified by police as 24-year-old Auriel Callaway. The 2-year-old was unharmed and is being cared for by relatives, Saulters said.  Investigators do not know if she was the intended target of the gunfire. They are going door-to-door at the complex Tuesday morning looking for any witnesses.  “We’re trying to get information about what happened, what led up to it,” Saulters said. – Please return to AJC.com or WSBTV.com for the latest on this developing story.
  • A fisherman stunned onlookers at Martha’s Vineyard Friday when he grabbed a large shark by the tail and dragged it back into the water.  Travers Peterson was sitting about 15 feet away from the scene and captured it on video.  Peterson posted it on his Facebook page stating, “this separates the men from the boys!” He said the fisherman had been reeling in the big fish for about 40 minutes, but casually, grabbed it by the tail and threw it back when he realized it was a shark.  App users click here to see the video.  Witnesses told reporters that the shark was bigger than the fisherman. One guessed the fish was about 6-foot long and weighed close to 150 lbs. Scary to think that Peterson said in his post that he had just been swimming in the water moments before the shark was reeled in!

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  • President Donald Trump and Democratic leaders in Congress agreed on Monday to a two-year budget plan which will increase spending in 2020 and 2021, and allow the national debt to go up for a two year period, while including little in the way of budget savings, continuing a trend of higher government spending and larger deficits under the Trump Administration. 'If this deal passes, President Trump will have increased discretionary spending by as much as 22 percent over his first term, and enshrine trillion-dollar deficits into law,' said Maya MacGuineas, head of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, who labeled the deal a 'total abdication of fiscal responsibility.' The agreement includes only $77.4 billion in budget offsets to pay for an estimated $320 billion in extra spending over two years. While the President tweeted his support, joined by Congressional leaders in both parties, a handful of lawmakers said the deal made no sense, because it guaranteed more deficit spending. With the White House already forecasting deficits above $1 trillion for the next four years, this agreement would do nothing to ease that tide of red ink, which had dropped to $438 billion in 2015 - but has steadily increased over the past three years. 'With more than $22 trillion in debt, we simply cannot afford deals like this one,' said Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA), the head of the conservative Republican Study Committee. 'It’s not too late to reject the Pelosi-Mnuchin spending deal and strike a better deal for all Americans that cuts spending,' argued Jessica Anderson, a former Trump budget official. But those voices have faded into the wilderness in recent years in the GOP, as deficits have steadily increased under President Trump. “It’s pretty clear that both houses of Congress and both parties have become big spenders, and Congress is no longer concerned about the extent of the budget deficits or the debt they add,” said the Club For Growth, which has seen its influence on Capitol Hill dwindle in recent years.