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State to pay costs in Caylee murder trial

ORLANDO, Fla., March 19 (UPI) -- A Florida judge ruled Friday the state must pay court costs for Casey Anthony, charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, documents show.

Circuit Judge Stan Strickland heard testimony Thursday that Anthony had received $200,000 from ABC News for exclusive rights for family photos and videos, The Orlando Sentinel reported.

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That money has already been spent, Anthony's lawyers testified. Strickland, after examining Anthony's financial affairs, ruled she was indeed indigent, the newspaper said.

The state, Strickland ruled, must pay all Anthony's defense costs except for lawyer fees. Such costs could include experts, investigators and travel expenses for her lawyers.

Anthony is represented by attorneys from Chicago and New York as well as two from Florida.

She is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter Caylee, who disappeared in summer 2008. Her body was found five months later about a mile from the home where Anthony lived with her parents and Caylee, the Sentinel said.

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