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Steele Hopes Anthony Trial Will Trigger Changes In Indiana Law

Last updated on Friday, July 8, 2011

(BEDFORD, IN) - A state legislator hopes the Casey Anthony trial will trigger changes in Indiana’s law requiring people who find a dead body to report it to police.

Current law requires people who discover a dead body to report it within three hours or be charged with a misdemeanor, carrying a maximum one-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine.

But Senator Brent Steele (R-Bedford) wants lawmakers to consider making it a felony crime.

Steele says he has received dozens of messages from Hoosier constituents who have been upset by a Florida jury's decision to clear Anthony of murder and child abuse charges.

Defense attorneys had argued that Anthony's 2-year-old daughter accidentally drowned and that she panicked and hid the body.

Steele supports changing Indiana law to make a similar scenario a more serious offense.

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