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Aurora victims' kin retains Casey Anthony lawyer

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  • James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in a Colorado theater
  • Jose Baez will represent at least two of the victim's families in a possible lawsuit against the theater
Aurora victims' kin retains Casey Anthony lawyer

Jose Baez, the former defense attorney in the Casey Anthony case, is representing victims’ families in a possible lawsuit related to the Colorado theater shooting.

Baez will represent Shirley Wygal, the mother of theater shooting victim Rebecca Wingo. Wygal's daughter was killed when a gunman walked into a packed movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20 and opened fire.

Baez will also represent at least one other victim’s family in the same civil lawsuit that could be filed against the Century 16 Theater in suburban Denver.

James Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 others in the shooting. He is charged with 24 counts of first-degree murder and remains behind bars.

Baez told In Session’s Jean Casarez that he has assembled a team of the best plaintiff attorneys in the country to handle the case.

In Session’s legal experts say the victims may attempt to sue the theater if they can find evidence that the theater’s negligence or lack of security contributed to the shooting.

Anthony and Baez’s attorney-client relationship ended earlier this year.  On July 5, 2011, Baez helped secure a not-guilty verdict in Anthony’s trial in the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony.

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