SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. - Rachel Fryer, the Sanford woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter and then burying her body, will face the death penalty, Channel 9 learned on Friday.
Jeff Dowdy, Fryer's public defender, told Channel 9's Tim Barber that news of a death penalty motion shook his client up.
Dowdy said he found out about the notice of intent on Wednesday and went to the jail to tell Fryer, 32, about it.
"I mean, she was OK, but after we left it was my understanding that she got very upset," said Dowdy.
Fryer said the death of her daughter Tariji Gordon was a accident, but police said Fryer killed the girl. Fryer is charged with first-degree murder.
WFTV legal analyst Bill Sheaffer said the notice of intent is not a recommendation that is set in stone.
"All the state is doing is keeping their options open. If they don't file then
Prosecutors have 45 days from the time they filed charges against Fryer to submit the notice of intent.
In a statement to Channel 9, prosecutors said,
Dowdy said he is concerned because police just reopened the case
Dowdy said he also alerted Fryer because of her pregnancy.
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