Casey Anthony Civil Case To Go To Trial Early in 2013

Judge Lisa Munyon released her ruling Thursday

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    Casey Anthony in an image from the release of her video blog.

    A Florida judge says a defamation lawsuit filed against Casey Anthony can go to trial early next year.

    Judge Lisa Munyon released her ruling Thursday. Zenaida (zen-I'-da) Fernandez-Gonzalez claims she was damaged by Anthony telling detectives that a baby sitter by the same name kidnapped Anthony's 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

    The detectives were investigating the 2008 disappearance of the girl, who later was found dead. Last year, Anthony was acquitted of Caylee's murder.

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    Anthony's attorney said details offered by Anthony did not match Fernandez-Gonzalez and clearly showed Anthony wasn't talking about her. Gonzalez's attorneys say she still was damaged as the only person with that name interviewed by investigators.

    Fernandez-Gonzalez had never met Anthony. Investigators believe Anthony may have seen the name on an apartment rental application.