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Casey Anthony attorney to represent ex-wife of slain Microsoft exec

Casey Anthony’s lawyer, Jose Baez, has been hired to represent Shanna Gardner-Fernandez, who’s charged with conspiring to murder her ex-husband, Microsoft executive Jared Bridegan.

The attorney, who has handled a slew of high-profile cases, is said to charge a $200,000 monthly retainer.

The wealthy parents of Gardner-Fernandez, Shelli and Sterling Gardner, who own the multimillion-dollar papercraft company Stampin’ Up!, are footing the suspected killer’s legal bills, according to sources.

Baez filed a notice of appearance Wednesday and entered a plea of not guilty on behalf of his client, who has parted ways with local attorney Henry Coxe III after more than a year.

Gardner-Fernandez was arrested in Washington state in August and was extradited to Florida last month.

She’s scheduled to be arraigned Friday in a Duval County courtroom on first-degree murder and other charges, which are eligible for the death penalty.

Baez didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to rebecca.rosenberg@fox.com and @ReRosenberg.

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