Top News Story! Skype!
January 5, 2012
(WCJB) -- Casey Anthony's "first video diary," apparently recorded last October, surfaced on YouTube this week, but her lawyer says she did not put it there. Anthony, acquitted last summer of murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but convicted of four counts of lying to authorities investigating the child's disappearance, appeared optimistic about her future as she talked to a computer.
"Just a little surreal how much things have changed since July and how many things haven't changed," she said. "But the good thing is that things are starting to look up and things are starting to change in a good way. I just hope they stay, that things stay good and that they only get better." She's living at an undisclosed location in Florida while she serves a one-year probation sentence for her 2010 conviction on check fraud charges.
"Casey has maintained notes and memoirs for her personal counseling," Anthony's attorney told media sources on Thursday. "She did not upload or release this to YouTube. She doesn't know how the video got on YouTube. She did not authorize it, and therefore it had to be obtained illegally."
Anthony never mentions Caylee in the four-minute black-and-white video, but she does talk about a dog "I've adopted and I love." She sat alone, staring at the computer, which she said she's "just starting to figure out," as she recorded what she called "my first video diary." She promised it would be "the first of many." She wore dark-rimmed glasses, and her naturally brunette hair was colored blond. "I hate being on camera, but I don't know, I need to conquer that fear at some point, and this is a good start," she said. "So, here's something. It's the end of the first but just the beginning." She paid for the computer, but the camera was a gift, she said. "I'm extremely excited, extremely excited that I'll be able to Skype and obviously keep a video log, take some pictures," Anthony said. "It's been a long time since I've been able to call something mine," she said. "And now that I have something even, you know, it's silly saying that I have a computer and a camera and a phone." She appeared to say the name of the person who gave her a phone, although the audio was edited from the version of the video posted online. "These are things that are mine that I don't have to, I don't know, that I don't have to give back," she said. "It's kind of nice, finally, being able to say that I have some belongings that are mine, that I'll be able to take with me after I leave here next year. It's kind of funny to think about." Anthony said the computer and camera have "been such a blessing in so many ways."
"Now I always have someone to talk to when I'm by myself, so I'm not bothering the poor dog that I've adopted and I love, and he's as much my dog as any of the other pets I've ever had," she said. Anthony, 25, spent nearly three years in jail waiting for her murder trial. She was freed on July 17, 2011. She speculated that she could be freed from her probation conditions, which require her to report weekly and remain in an undisclosed area, as early as February or as late as August.
Updated: Casey Anthony Finale: The Injustice to Caylee Anthony (updated 7/7/11)
(Casey Anthony, 25, pictured above)
Florida - Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with seven counts in her daughter Caylee Anthony's death, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading police. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
•» Her full name is Caylee Marie Anthony;
•» Caylee had not been seen since June 9, 2008 when her mother, Casey Anthony, moved out of her grandmother’s house;
•» Police dug up her grandmother’s backyard after learning from a neighbor that Caylee’s mother had borrowed a shovel the night of July 9, 2008 but found nothing;
•» Casey is alleged to have engaged in bizarre behavior after Caylee disappeared;
•» Casey lied repeatedly about the missing child’s whereabouts;
•» Casey claimed a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez had Caylee on June 9 – the same day Anthony moved out of her parents home – but that the child was gone when she returned to pick her up;
•» Casey Marie Anthony is being held without bail and her trial for the murder of Caylee is currently underway;
•» Her defense attorneys claim Caylee Anthony accidentally drowned in the family's swimming pool; and
•» Casey faces the death penalty, or life without the possibility of parole, if convicted of Capital Murder in Caylee's death.
Casey Anthony's Defense! Daddy's Other Girl!
June 30, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Casey Anthony defense team has called Krystal Holloway, who they have claimed was the mistress of Casey's father George, as their first witness on Thursday. Krystal Holloway said she met George Anthony at a tent during the search for Caylee Anthony in October 2008, reports local media sources. Holloway testified that she developed an intimate relationship with George Anthony and that he came to her home around a dozen times, reports the station. Holloway said that during a conversation about Casey Anthony around Thanksgiving 2008, she said George Anthony told her Caylee's death was an accident. "He said it was an accident that snowballed out of control. I was in shock. By the time I looked up, his eyes were full of tears. I didn't elaborate. I didn't ask him anything further," Holloway said, reports the station.
Holloway said the police came to her for the first time in 2010 asking her if she knew George Anthony and if she had an affair with him. Holloway said she provided investigators with her cellphone and letters George Anthony had written her. She said she initially lied to investigators about the affair because she was embarrassed, but she eventually told them the truth, the station reports. Holloway said her relationship ended with George Anthony shortly after Caylee's remains were found in December 2008.
[O]n cross-examination, prosecutor Jeff Ashton accused Holloway of sensationalizing her story to make more money. He accused Holloway of seeking out the Anthony family because they were well known after Caylee was reported missing, the station reports. Holloway admitted she was paid $4,000 by the National Enquirer to tell her story. The defense was not allowed to ask Holloway about whether she loaned George Anthony money.
Earlier this week, George Anthony denied having an intimate relationship with Holloway. He said he only went to her home once to console her because she had cancer. He did admit to sending Holloway one text message that said, "Just thinking about you. I need you in my life," but he said he needed a lot of the volunteers he had grown close to.
Corrupt Justice™: In summarizing the last few days of testimony in the Casey Anthony Trial, we note:
George Anthony is and remains a married man;
George Anthony is a former Police Detective;
George Anthony had a romantic/slash sexual relationship with a volunteer searching for a granddaughter he knew to be deceased; and
During testimony at his daughter's murder trial, Under Penalty of Perjury, in a court of law, ex-Det. George denies this sexual/romantic relationship with the volunteer.
George Anthony Interview August 3, 2008:
"Definitely something happened to Caylee, she's no longer with us and Casey was the last one I'd seen with her…one and one adds up to two no matter how you try to spin it[.]"
-- George Anthony's June 29, 2011 testimony in his daughter's murder trial!
We can only wonder how many other times ex-Det. George lied on the witness stand in a court of law.
Oddly George and Lee Anthony (Casey's brother) advertised for 24-hour on-call Volunteer "personal assistants" on the "Caylee is Missing" MySpace page. Below are the actual "ads" posted by George & Lee:
Personal Assistant to George Anthony
24 hours On-Call DAILY
Locations: Charity office space located near Sand Lake Road and Orange Blossom Trail, Anthony Family Residence at 4937 Hopespring Drive Orlando, and also the possibility of working from home.
Purpose: Coordinate daily volunteer efforts at Publix Tent location and Call Center location. Check emails from the public offering to help volunteer, distribute supplies, and/or donate supplies or resources towards the search efforts. Will also be responsible for scheduling volunteers, and to assist in coordinating distribution of supplies to individuals/areas nationally.
Skills/Resources Required: Must have a valid drivers license and a personal cell phone. Ability to take and execute direction given by George Anthony. Great organizational skills, ability to multi-task, Windows-based computer skills to include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook), Internet Explorer, and email. Ability to lift 50 lbs and work with little to no supervision. There is no compensation for this position.
Whom to Contact: George Anthony - xxx-xxx-xxxx cell - (email address removed)
Personal Assistant to Lee Anthony
24 hours On-Call DAILY
Locations: TBD, willing to travel within greater Orlando area with the potential for out of state travel.
Purpose: Run errands, schedule meetings, answer emails, update Myspace and HelpFindCaylee.com websites, etc.
Skills/Resources Required: Must own or have regular access to a personal computer, cell phone, and reliable transporation. Must have a valid drivers license. Ability to take and execute direction given by Lee Anthony. Great organizational skills, ability to multi-task, and work with little to no supervision. Knowledge of how to maintain a myspace page, basic html/website design, and other internet based resources such as search engines and news media sites is a must. This is a jack-of-all-trades position that may be cross utilized in all aspects of the search for Caylee as well as any personal need of the Anthony family, as directed by Lee Anthony. There is no compensation for this position.
Whom to Contact: Lee Anthony - xxx-xxx-xxxx cell - (email address removed).
What was the need for a "24 hour, on-call daily" personal assistant? What was the purpose of having these "24 hour, on-call daily, volunteer personal assistants"? Who runs errands in the middle of the night?
The entire family demonstrates that serious issues were the family's foundation. By all accounts, Caylee seems to have been the only rationale being in the family.
Harry J. Williby,
June 29, 2011
Casey Anthony's first-degree murder trial descended into chaos on Wednesday morning when prosecutors entered a flurry of objections as the defense attempted to question the accused child killer's parents about sexual abuse they allege she suffered at the hands of family members. "I would never do anything like that to my daughter," the defendant's father, George Anthony, said when asked if he had molested Casey.
Defense attorney Jose Baez then asked George Anthony if he would ever admit to abusing his daughter. "You would never admit to it, would you sir," Baez asked. Anthony again denied any wrong doing. "I would never do anything to harm my daughter in that way," he said. The alleged abuses were brought up by the defense during opening arguments, after Baez claimed Caylee died on June 16, 2008, when she drowned in her family's swimming pool. He said Anthony did not contact the authorities because she was unable to tell the truth after years of sordid sexual abuse that she suffered at the hands of her father. "It all began when Casey was eight years old and her father came into her room and began to touch her inappropriately and it escalated... She could be 14 years old, have [had] her father's penis in her mouth, and go to school and play with the other kids as if nothing [had] happened," Baez said.
Stonewalled with denials from George Anthony on the alleged molestation, Baez turned his line of questioning to a highly publicized suicide attempt that occurred on January 22, 2009. On that day, former Anthony family lawyer Brad Conway contacted law enforcement and reported George Anthony missing. In his 911 call, Conway said Anthony "has taken several bottles of medication from the house as well as some pictures." The following day, police found a despondent Anthony, along with a five page suicide note, at a Daytona Beach, Fla., hotel. Anthony was taken into police custody and briefly held at a medical center for evaluation.
On the stand today, Anthony admitted attempting to take his own life and then broke down on the stand. Casey Anthony did not react as her father put his head in his hands and sobbed. Earlier in the morning, George Anthony became agitated with Baez when he was again questioned about an odor he said he had smelled in the trunk of his daughter's Pontiac Sunfire when he went to retrieve it from Johnson's Wrecker on July 15, 2008. The vehicle had been impounded by the Orlando towing company on June 30, 2008, roughly two weeks after Caylee was last seen alive.
"You're trying to take this joy of my life away from me, sir, and you can't do it anymore," Anthony said. "I will answer this to you, sir - the decomposition that I smelled in the trunk of my daughters car on July 15, 2008 at Johnson's towing smelled like human decomposition."
During previous testimony Anthony, a former police detective, said he was initially afraid of what he might find in the trunk of the vehicle and thought, "Please God, don't let this be my Casey or my Caylee [in the trunk]," he testified.
June 28, 2011
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Casey Anthony murder trial resumed after a lunch break Tuesday with the playing of two 911 calls made by meter reader Roy Kronk, who found the remains of toddler Caylee Anthony. Kronk made the calls on Aug. 11 and 12 in 2008. Kronk described finding an unknown, suspicious white object and described exactly where he was, according to local media sources. During opening statements, Casey Anthony's defense team accused Kronk of somehow obtaining Caylee's remains and planting them in the woods to obtain a reward. Lead defense attorney Jose Baez described Kronk as "morally bankrupt," reports the station.
Earlier in the day all three of Casey Anthony's immediate family members were called to the stand by the defense. Casey's brother Lee and mother Cindy gave conflicting testimony. Baez asked Cindy Anthony if she ever asked private investigators Jim Hoover and Dominic Casey to search the woods off Suburban Drive where Caylee's remains were found. She said no, the station reports. Both private investigators testified on Monday that they were not instructed by any member of the Anthony family to search in that area. Dominic Casey said he was led there by a psychic.
Lee Anthony said his mother told him she got a psychic tip and sent Casey into the woods off Suburban Drive to search for Caylee. He said he argued with his mother about the search, because it was the first time he heard of anyone in his family searching for a deceased Caylee, according to the station. He said he was not sure when the argument took place but it was sometime late in the year, but before he went back to work in October 2008. Both investigators testified that the search of the area off Suburban Drive took place in November 2008, at least one month after Lee Anthony said he argued with his mother about the search. The Casey Anthony case was recently reported on by "48 Hours Mystery."
June 23, 2011
(WCJB) -- Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, testified Thursday that she, not her daughter, conducted Internet searches for key words including chloroform and alcohol on the Anthony family computer in March 2008. Cindy Anthony told jurors in her daughter's capital murder trial that she conducted the searches because she was trying to figure out what was making one of her Yorkie dogs "extremely tired all the time." Both the dogs ate bamboo plants in the backyard, she testified, so she started searching for chlorophyll to see if the plants were causing the dog's exhaustion.
A bacteria associated with chlorophyll production comes from different plants, she said, and some species of algae and seaweed produce natural chloroform, so the search led her from chlorophyll to chloroform. She also was searching for other chemicals, including alcohol, she told defense attorney Jose Baez, because of a recent scare regarding hand sanitizers around small children. And she searched on some injuries, she said, because a friend of hers had recently been in a car accident and suffered head and chest injuries. She was, she said, "looking up specific terminology that someone had asked me to look up."
In a testy cross-examination, prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick noted that Cindy Anthony's work schedule showed she was working the days the searches were conducted, March 17 and 21, 2008. The witness said it was possible she could have been home, saying she went home early a couple of days that week. "Were you or weren't you?" Burdick asked.
"The only thing that triggers that day for me is those computer entries," Cindy Anthony told the Orlando courtroom. "It was not a traumatic day for me like the last three years, so I can't tell you what time I went home." Prosecutors allege Casey Anthony used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious, then used duct tape to cover her nose and mouth, suffocating her. Caylee's remains, prosecutors allege, were then put into Casey Anthony's car trunk and eventually disposed of. The girl's skeletal remains were found in a wooded field on December 11, 2008, nearly six months after her family last reported having seen the child.
Defense attorneys say Caylee was not murdered, but that she accidentally drowned in the family pool on June 16, 2008, the day she was last reported to have been seen. They argue that Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked and covered up the death. George Anthony has rejected that scenario in his testimony. Caylee was not reported missing to police until July 15, 2008, when Cindy Anthony tracked down her daughter and demanded answers regarding Caylee's whereabouts.
Earlier in the trial, experts testified that someone conducted the keyword searches on a desktop computer in the home Casey Anthony shared with her parents. The searches were found in a portion of the computer's hard drive that indicated they had been deleted, Detective Sandra Osborne of the Orange County Sheriff's Office testified Wednesday in Anthony's capital murder trial. However, she told jurors, deleted material remains on a computer's hard drive and can be retrieved until it is overwritten by new data. It had not been overwritten on the Anthonys' computer, she said, and "a complete Internet history" was obtained.
The searches using the keyword chloroform were conducted in March, three months before Caylee disappeared, according to testimony. It appears the computer user first searched for "chloraform" on Google and received results for "chloroform," said John Bradley, owner of the software development company that created the software used to retrieve the data. One of the search results was from Wikipedia.org, which was accessed, he testified. It also appeared searches were conducted using terms such as inhalation, self-defense, meningeal artery, ruptured spleen, alcohol and head injury, he said. The user either typed those terms in to search, Bradley said, or in some instances might have clicked on links on the Wikipedia site to go to a different page.
Searches were also conducted on "how to make chloroform," "neck breaking" and "making weapons out of household products," Bradley testified. Cindy Anthony testified Thursday she did not search for how to make chloroform or household weapons. She said she also did not search for neck breaking, but remembered a pop-up ad featuring a skateboarder doing a "neck-breaking stunt." She testified that she told authorities about her search for chlorophyll earlier.
She said she would not know for sure if she was home March 17 and 21, 2008, unless she could access her work computer. When Burdick questioned her about why she never tried to get that information, she said her work passwords would have long since expired, as she has not returned since July 2008. She also testified about a stain in Casey Anthony's trunk, saying it had been there since they bought the car in 2000.
Orange County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Kevin Stenger, a forensic computer examiner, followed Cindy Anthony to the stand, where he was questioned about the report on the searches he compiled. Asked by Burdick whether a search for "how to make chloroform" would have showed up in such a fashion if someone had typed the word "chlorophyll," Stenger said it would not.
The jury was dismissed after Stenger's testimony. Prosecutors questioned the defense's next two witnesses -- FBI agent Nick Savage and Erin Martin, request coordinator for the FBI laboratory -- to determine whether their testimony was admissible. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. it appeared that neither witness had any direct knowledge of the case.
Showed an e-mail regarding a request for photos from the medical examiner's office, Savage said he had never before seen it, and was dismissed. Martin, the sender of the e-mail -- which had to do with the medical examiner's office not taking scale photos of the duct tape that covered the mouth portion of Caylee's remains -- said she had nothing else to do with the matter besides sending the e-mail.
Defense attorney J. Cheney Mason argued the information provided by the witnesses was relevant to the case, but Perry said it was not and ruled neither witness could testify before the jury.
Meanwhile, after saying Casey Anthony's parents do not believe she is innocent on Wednesday, an attorney representing George and Cindy Anthony issued a statement Thursday clarifying his remarks. "The Anthony family maintains that they simply want justice in this case," said attorney Mark Lippman. "The Anthony family maintains they do not, under any circumstance, support any theory that the defense has put forward regarding George Anthony's actions. The Anthony family maintains that while they want both the state and the defense to do their jobs respectively, they do not under any circumstance wish to see that the state achieves the ultimate sanction that the State of Florida is looking for, which is the death penalty.
"The Anthony family maintains they want the truth about what has happened to their granddaughter," Lippman said in the statement. "Finally, Lippman Law Offices does not and will not condone the idea that attorney-client privilege was ever breached and any misunderstanding as to statements should not be considered that the Anthony family wants anything other than the things identified here."
Tuchman said Thursday the statement "doesn't mean (the Anthonys) feel she's guilty of the charges against her." Saying someone is not innocent is not quite the same, he noted, as saying they are legally guilty. "But this is important and they wanted me to stress this," Tuchman said on the show Wednesday. "They love her, they support her and they do not want her to get the death penalty and they will do all they can to avoid her getting the death penalty in this case." Tuchman acknowledged Thursday that Lippman was "not happy" after the story aired. He said that in a follow-up conversation, he asked Lippman what he thought was taken out of context, and Lippman said he could not point to anything Tuchman said that was out of context, but said there was "too much hype" in the discussion. "That happens sometimes," Tuchman said.
He said Lippman also said that not everything he told Tuchman was mentioned on the show. That is true, Tuchman said, but added, "I certainly included every single thing that was important and relevant to this discussion."
Jurors in the case are sequestered and barred from watching or reading news coverage.
On Thursday, defense attorneys called a forensic toxicologist to the stand in an effort to cast doubt on the forensic testing done at Tennessee's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
However, Barry Logan's testimony was punctuated by frequent prosecution objections, and prosecutors scored some points when Perry did not allow some lines of questioning. The testimony was also the subject of frequent sidebar conferences between Perry and attorneys for both sides.
Arpad Vass, a research scientist at the Oak Ridge laboratory, earlier testified for the prosecution that testing on a carpet sample from the trunk showed chloroform at a level that was "shockingly high." He also testified the odor in the air samples he received was "extremely overwhelming." He identified it as human decomposition.
Vass also said he found compounds associated with human decomposition in the trunk.
Stephen Shaw, a hair and fiber examiner for the FBI, was also recalled to the stand on Thursday. Earlier in the trial, Perry barred Shaw from showing a PowerPoint presentation to jurors regarding a study he is conducting on decomposition in hair.
Shaw has testified in his study, he was attempting to recreate banding in hairs taken from living people. While he said some of the hairs -- which were put in varying indoor and outdoor locations -- showed evidence of decomposition, none showed postmortem banding like that testimony has showed was on a hair taken from Anthony's trunk.
Shaw has acknowledged he cannot state definitively that postmortem banding is exclusively seen in hair taken from dead people. Two independent examiners as part of his study both analyzed the hairs, and each in their initial findings identified a hair as banded from a live person, although they both discounted that in their confirmed findings, he said.
Baez and Ashton questioned Shaw further on his study Thursday. Shaw told Baez he cannot say whether a specific hair comes from a dead person. In his earlier testimony, he told Ashton that he has seen thousands of hairs in his career and that he has never seen a hair with a decomposition band that did not come from a corpse.
Duct tape Didn't Kill!
June 18, 2011
Orlando, Fla. (WCJB) -- Duct tape found on Caylee Anthony's skull was placed there after the toddler's body had decomposed, not before she died, a forensic pathologist testified Saturday as the murder trial of the girl's mother ended its fourth week on a contentious note. Prosecutors claim Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, used chloroform to make her daughter unconscious then used duct tape to cover her nose and mouth, suffocating her. The girl's skeletal remains were found in a wooded field six months after her family last reported seeing her.
Dr. Werner Spitz said he believes the tape was placed on the body long after the flesh had disappeared to hold the jaw bone on, perhaps because someone wanted to move it.
Spitz also criticized the Orange County medical examiner, Dr. Jan Garavaglia, for conducting what he termed a "shoddy autopsy" by failing to cut Caylee's skull open to look inside. Spitz' testimony came after Chief Judge Belvin Perry ordered the first defense witness off the stand and threatened attorney Jose Baez with contempt proceedings for failing to tell prosecutors about the man's planned testimony.
Forensic anthropologist William Rodriguez told Judge Belvin Perry after the jury had been excused that he was preparing to testify that no conclusions can be drawn from duct tape found near the girl's body because of decomposition and movement of the bones by animals. Rodriguez also said he planned to testify that a video prepared by a prosecution expert superimposing Caylee's living face with a picture of her skull and the outline of a piece of duct tape was an "unheard of" application of technology meant only to provide initial identifications of remains.
But Rodriguez' opinions were not contained in his report filed with the court, and weren't shared with prosecutors. That violated Perry's rule that all expert testimony be shared with opposing attorneys, Perry said. "It appears to me that this was quite intentional," Perry said to Baez. "This was not some inadvertent slip."
He ordered Rodriguez off the stand, but said he will be allowed to testify on Monday, after prosecutors have a chance to interview him. Perry said the law would appear to authorize him the right to exclude the testimony, but said that would be too drastic a step. "It would be totally unfair to Ms. Anthony to have his testimony excluded on this critical issue," he said. But he said he would be watching Baez' conduct closely and will consider contempt proceedings at the end of the trial. "I am not making any promises or warranties about what I will do if it happens a second time with this witness," Perry scolded Baez.
Rodriguez and Spitz are part of the defense effort to discredit, among other things, a prosecution theory that duct tape found clinging to the girl's remains may have been the murder weapon. Duct tape similar to that found with Caylee's body was located on a gas can from the Anthony home that Casey Anthony took from a storage shed during her daughter's disappearance, according to earlier testimony in the case.
Spitz began his testimony challenging the thoroughness of the autopsy performed on Anthony, saying examining the inside of the skull is standard practice. He testified that dried sediment he found indicated the body had decomposed on its left side, with the face pointing slightly up. That differs from evidence at the scene indicating the skull was upright when it was discovered. Spitz said the lack of DNA found on the tape would suggest it was placed on the girl's skull by someone who wanted to move it for some reason. The tape, he said, was intended to keep the jawbone from falling off.
On cross-examination, prosecutor Jeff Ashton asked Spitz if the sediment was not "brain dust" but perhaps something that carried into the skull by water while the body lay under water in the flood-prone spot where it was found. Spitz responded that the fact that the material was residue from the girl's body was as plain as the jawbone on the replica skull he was using as an illustration during his testimony. But he acknowledged that the material had not been chemically proven to be from the girl's body. Ashton also questioned Spitz' characterization of Garavaglia's autopsy. He challenged the physician -- who co-wrote a book on forensic investigations -- to cite any specific protocol requiring that a pathologist saw open the skull of a thoroughly decomposed body -- including in his own book. Spitz said that he could not, but that his long experience and training tells him that failing to look at the inside of body's skull is poor practice. "The skull, the head, is part of the body, and when you do an autopsy you examine the whole body," he said.
Defense attorneys claim Caylee was not murdered, but that she accidentally drowned in the family pool on June 16, the day she was last seen. They argue that Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked and covered up the death. George Anthony has rejected that scenario in his testimony. Casey Anthony is charged with seven counts, including first degree murder, in the death of her daughter, whose remains were discovered in a wooded field in December 2008, six months after her last family saw her.
Saturday was the third day of the defense case. The case will enter its fifth week Monday.
June 18, 2011
Casey Anthony's "surprise witness" became an embarrassment for the defense today when the witness held a news conference outside of the courthouse where she is being tried for murder and said that he did not know the Anthony family. Defense attorney Jose Baez included Vasco Thompson, a convicted kidnapper, as a last minute surprise addition to his amended witness list earlier this week. Baez claimed that Thompson and Casey Anthony's father, George Anthony, shared a series of phone conversations the day before 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's disappearance was reported to authorities in July 2008.
George Anthony angrily issued a statement through his attorney earlier this week denying those claims. Today, Vasco Thompson stood outside the Orange County courthouse and also denied that he'd ever met George Anthony. "I have no idea who George Anthony is," Thompson said. "The phone number they got, I didn't have that number until February of 2009. I don't know why they dragged me into all this mess." Baez never said what Thompson's connection to the case may have been, but he has accused George Anthony of helping to dispose of Caylee's body after she accidentally drowned in the family pool. It is unlikely that Baez will now call Thompson to the witness stand.
Most of the drama around the Casey Anthony trial happened outside the courthouse today. Hours before Thompson spoke, a brawl erupted among people who had lined up all night for a coveted seat to the murder trial. The violence prompted the Orange County Courthouse to change their rules today for those seeking admission to the trial.
June 10, 2011
The Casey Anthony trial, including showing graphic pictures of Caylee Anthony's remains.
'I'm the victim!'
Caylee's skeletal remains were found in December 2008 in a wooded field not far from the home of Casey Anthony's parents, George and Cindy Anthony. She has pleaded not guilty and denied harming her daughter or having anything to do with the little girl's disappearance or death. Her Defense attorney has said that once all the facts are known, it will become clear his client is innocent.
The first police officer to arrive at the Anthony home after 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was reported missing testified Wednesday that her mother, Casey Anthony, was initially reluctant to provide him with information regarding the little girl's whereabouts.
Orange County, Florida, sheriff's deputy Rendon Fletcher told jurors in Anthony's capital murder trial that he asked Anthony about her daughter, but "she really didn't say much ... she wasn't very forthcoming with anything, any type of information, initially." But he said eventually, Anthony told him that "her daughter had been missing for a period of time," about a month, and that the last time she had seen Caylee was in the custody of the nanny she left the child with. Fletcher testified Anthony told him she apparently had been trying to find the child on her own, and it was unclear why she had not previously contacted authorities.
As other officers arrived at the Orlando home of Casey Anthony's parents, she was quizzed about where the nanny lived, and agreed to show the deputies where her apartment was. She directed deputies to the Sawgrass Apartments and pointed out a second-floor apartment, Fletcher testified. When he approached the apartment, he said he could see the blinds were open, but saw no furniture inside and "it appeared to be vacant." He knocked, he said, but got no answer. Authorities were never able to find the nanny, even though Casey Anthony gave them a name. They did find a woman named Zenaida "Zanny" Gonzalez, who denied ever meeting Casey Anthony or Caylee and later sued for defamation.
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