Aruba Police to Re-enact Tourist’s Drowning


The Aruban prosecutor's office said it will re-enact the alleged drowning of a U.S. woman to test her companion's account of the incident.

Solicitor General Taco Stein told The Associated Press the re-enactment will take place soon, but he wouldn't say when.

Police will play the roles of Gaithersburg, Md., businessman Gary Giordano and alleged drowning victim Robyn Gardner, of Frederick, Md. Investigators want to know if it's possible for Gardner to have drowned while snorkeling as Giordano described.

Stein declined Thursday to disclose the date of the exercise to discourage spectators. Giordano has been detained since Aug. 5 on suspicion of involvement in Gardner's presumed death. He denies any wrongdoing and her body has not been found.

Earlier this week, News4's Jackie Bensen reported that Giordano's family hired Jose Baez, the attorney who defended Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee.

Giordano's Aruban lawyer, Michael Lopez, said Giordano's father, Frank, hired Baez, the Associated Press reported.

In Aruba, Baez can serve in an advisory role and provide other assistance, but he cannot argue in court, Lopez said.

"If my client wants me to share all information with Baez, I will do so, even though his role will be that of a consultant," he said.

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