Robyn Gardner of Frederick County went missing in Aruba where she was
traveling with a man from Gaithersburg named Gary Giordano.
Jose Baez, the Orlando attorney who defended Casey Anthony, has been hired to defend Gary Giordano, the 50-year-old man suspected in the presumed murder of Robyn Gardner, a resident of Frederick, Md., according to NBC Washington.
Baez is currently in Aruba interviewing witnesses. According to an AP report, Baez will serve only in an advisory role, and Giordano will still be defended by Michael Lopez, his Aruban lawyer.
Gardner, 35, was last seen alive Aug. 2 at the Rum Reef Bar & Grill in the Baby Beach Area of Aruba with Gary Giordano. The two had traveled to Aruba together. Giordano claims that Gardner was swept out to sea when the two went snorkeling.
The initial police report filed by Aruban authorities in the investigation of Gardner's disappearance cited witnesses who observed a cut on Giordano's throat and blood on the beach at the time of her disappearance. Suspicions were further aroused when it was alleged that Giordano had taken out a $1.5 million insurance policy on Gardner, and tried to redeem the policy while the search for Gardner was still in progress.
Baez gained national attention when his client Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her daughter Caylee in July.