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'Dark Knight Rises'

Victim's Family Hires

Casey Anthony Lawyer

8/20/2012 4:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0806_jose-baez_rabecca_wingo_gettyThe man who led Casey Anthony's defense team to victory in her murder case has officially been tapped to represent the mother of one of the "Dark Knight" massacre victims ... TMZ has learned.

Attorney Jose Baez is now representing Shirley Wygal -- whose 32-year-old daughter Rebecca Wingo (above, right) was shot and killed by James Holmes inside the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, CO. 

As we previously reported ... Shirley believes the theater is partially to blame for the tragedy claiming the emergency exit doors should have been alarmed, or there should have been security guards posted next to them.

Wygal tells TMZ, "When police came that night with official word, Rebecca's baby asked, 'How did he get in?' Dissatisfied with the answer, she asked again. At just 5 years old, she wants to know how it could happen and so do I. If any entity had an obligation to protect the innocent and did not, then every survivor and loved one left behind must hold them accountable. The first step is a timely and thorough investigation."

She continues, "I've engaged a firm large enough to help us all. I am confident in their expertise and appreciate their making this a priority. Rebecca would love these attorneys. As a mom, she'd want her girls to have the truth. As a daughter, she'd insist I find that truth for them."


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All the news reports said the killer bought a ticket (then there's confusion over whether he left out an exit, propped it open, then came back in with his gear). This is just one of the problems with hiring a defense attorney to prosecute your case.

773 days ago


This poor poor woman, when will she realize that he didn't win the MURDER trial based on his brilliance, he won because the jury worked in his that i mean he got lucky with a jury that didn't care about the 2 year old victim...this should be fun to watch...studdering Stanley....he will never get lucky with another dumb ass jury again.....this isn't FLORIDUH !

773 days ago


Tragic death in a family is horrible enough, but when greedy family members turn it into a huge "payday" makes it all the more terrible. The lawyers are vultures and we all know it but the relatives gall me even worse than the shysters.

773 days ago


This infuriates me! We are helping Rebecca's children & them only! No one else in this family is entitled to ****, including Shirley! Not one dime of the fund first started for Rebecca, which has raised over $20,000, has gone to Rebecca's ex who is caring for their daughters. Why don't you look into that TMZ???

A group of Rebecca's closest friends have come together to help Rob & the girls, inlcuding an upcoming fund raiser. The girls are the only next of kin, NO ONE else.

773 days ago


She's not "looking for the truth" for her daughter and grandkids, she's looking for a treasure chest for herself.

773 days ago


she should be ashamed of hiring this shady lawyer!

773 days ago


baeZ has experience? for how long? He would be the last to be hired I would say.

773 days ago

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Surely she could have gotten a different attorney that isn't associated with getting a child killer off the hook.

773 days ago


Can someone explain the thought process of hiring a lawyer who helped get a child murderer out of prison to help sue in the name of her own child?

773 days ago


It's terrible that this happened, but people need to stop blaming the theater. Saying they should have had security guards by the exits is just preposterous. They already have security guards at the theater, which is more than enough. Also, there is no law that says that emergency exits have to have an alarm. Apparently, the exit he used wasn't even an emergency exit. It was on of the exits at the front of the theater that people use when they exit the movie, the ones that are closer to the parking lot. She has no lawsuit. All she's going to do is drag this out and still not get the closure she wants. The blame should be placed on ONE person only, the shooter.

773 days ago


You know momma gotta be a money hungry opportunist. A... she's going after the one with money not the murderer... B.... she hired a baby killer's s*** bag lawyer to represent her. Disgusting. Making money off her baby's death. Sadly, she will lose this case. The theater owners are not psychic. there was no viable threat for that night, there was no reason to believe it wouldn't be just any other day. The theater was up to code. They didn't have to have alarms or guards... so she's going to lose, unless she gets a jury of morons like in the Anthony case so Jose the clown can get another lucky break.

773 days ago


'How did he get in?' Dissatisfied with the answer, she asked again. At just 5 years old, she wants to know how it could happen and so do I.
Yea right, from a 5 year old! Sorry she lost her life but IT IS NOT THE THEATRES FAULT! If this goes to trial, then ANYONE CAN SUE ANYONE FOR ANYTHING! WTF is this country doing???? Stop these frivilous lawsuits!!

773 days ago


HE got in because he bought a ****ing ticket morons!!!!!!!! No movie theater I have been to has security guards in the movie theater- and the door was locked on the outside- and in many theaters people leave out of them and they don't want to have the alarm going off disturbing movies if someone tries to leave out of it...He Bought a ticket and then went and propped the door open so he could get back through it- I find it hard to feel bad for anyone when their first thought is to come up with some bull**** law does not bring your family member back- but it sure will take away your grief right?

773 days ago


Why would you hire a criminal defense attorney to represent you in a wrongful death case? Not to mention, I don't know how you can hold the theater responsible for a crazy mans actions.

773 days ago


Lot of real hatred towards Jose and Casey from millions of people, wouldn't surprise me if one or both of them is found in a ditch someday.

773 days ago
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