ORLANDO, Fla. - A former Florida trial lawyer who unsuccessfully prosecuted Casey Anthony on a charge of murdering her daughter has defeated his former boss to become the new state attorney for Orange and Osceola counties.
With 89 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday, Jeff Ashton had 54 percent of the vote, leaving long-term incumbent Lawson Lamar with only 46 percent.
Ashton was part of the prosecution team Lamar appointed to handle the Anthony case last year. The young mother was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in a case that drew national attention.
Ashton has pointed to that loss to underscore his claim that Lamar is a poor leader.
Lamar claimed Ashton lacks management experience and criticized him for profiting from the Anthony case by writing a book and making TV appearances.
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