ORLANDO - The law offices of Jose Baez says the state of Florida is dropping charges against the younger of two girls charged in the bullying death of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick in Polk County.
Baez is expected to address the media at 5 p.m.
The girl who Baez represents is also 12. She and a 14-year-old were charged with aggravated stalking after Sedwick jumped to her death from a tower at an abandoned cement factory in September.
The case sparked national headlines.
After a court appearance with his client in October, Baez told reporters the girl feels awful about the death of Rebecca, but insisted it's the other young suspect behind most of the hateful cyber bully messages.
"She is not what her mug shot or what the headlines are portraying her to be," Baez said.
"She is a child and I'm not going to allow her to be bullied and I'm not going to allow the system to bully her."
Baez, who became famous representing Casey Anthony, triggered an epic battle with Sheriff Grady Judd on Friday with his defiant stance that his client is innocent.
"I have not seen anything that rises to the level of any criminal conduct, especially that of a felony," he said.
That did not sit well with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, who called a news conference to fire back.
"Good defense attorneys deny everything, admit nothing, and present counter claims," he said.
The sheriff presented more evidence to support the arrests of both girls accused of tormenting Rebecca online and in person, until she couldn't take it anymore and jumped to her death at an old cement plant last month.
The department released Facebook chat logs of the two suspects after Rebecca's death.
Baez's client, the 12-year-old, wrote, "I feel like Rebecca's dead because of me. If only I could say I'm sorry."
Later she said, "I deserve to die. I wish it was me and not her."
"Mr. Baez, here's my message for you. Get over trying to show she didn't do something she did and start trying to help that child so she's a productive citizen," Judd said.
Baez tried to distance his client away from the other girl. He said the sheriff is dragging his client through the mud.
WPTV is not identifying the girls because they're charged as juveniles.
"It's one thing to make an arrest and let the prosecutors and court system work itself out. It's another thing to make an arrest and then go make the rounds. We all need an explanation for that," Baez told reporters.