Aruba Suspect's Family Hires Casey Anthony's Attorney

The family of a Gaithersburg, Md., man suspected in the disappearance and presumed death of a Frederick, Md., woman in Aruba has hired the attorney who defended Casey Anthony, News4's Jackie Bensen reported.

Aruban authorities have detained 50-year-old Gary Giordano since Aug. 5. He is the last person known to have seen 35-year-old Robyn Gardner on Aug. 2.

Giordano said he went snorkeling with Gardner and she never made it back to shore. Authorities said they became suspicious of Giordano because he tried to cash in on a travel insurance policy he took out on Gardner and there were inconsistencies in his story. He was detained before he could leave the island.

Aruban Solicitor General Taco Stein has said manslaughter charges against Giordano have been considered.

Jose Baez is in Aruba interviewing witnesses, Bensen reported. He 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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