Posted tagged ‘Anthony Testimony’

Casey Anthony: Parents Return to the Stand

June 29, 2011

Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, returned to the stand this morning on this, the 31st day of their daughters murder trial.

Jose Baez attempted to ask Cindy Anthony questions about her son, Lee, allegedly groping Casey Anthony in her bedroom. After a few more questions for Cindy, Baez called George Anthony to the stand, where he asked him about a statement he made to police back on July 24, 2008.

From ABC News:

The father of Casey Anthony, who’s accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, testified Wednesday at her murder trial that he’s “100 percent sure” he smelled “human decomposition” coming from Casey Anthony’s car. 

George Anthony, under questioning from defense attorneys, said, “I could smell it three feet away on the passenger side. When I opened up that car door, yeah, it smelled like decomposition … human decomposition.”

“I can close my eyes again sir and I can smell that again,” George Anthony said to defense attorney Jose Baez, adding that he was able identify the odor of human decay after years of working in law enforcement.

Casey Anthony: Jury Hears Her Interview with Police

June 2, 2011

Jurors today listened to to Casey Anthony’s hour-long interview with detectives the day after Caylee was reported missing back in 2008.

From the Associated Press:

Lead detective Yuri Melich took the stand again Thursday morning, on the eighth day of testimony in Anthony’s murder trial. The Orlando woman is accused of killing her daughter Caylee.

Anthony told detectives Caylee had called her a day earlier, saying, “Hi, Mommy,” before talking about books and shoes.

She also said during the interview that she would never be able to forgive herself.

“My mom flat out told me yesterday she will never be able to forgive me,” Casey Anthony said.

As Melich and another detective peppered her with questions, Anthony said she asked the child to let her talk to an adult, but the phone went dead.

Anthony, 25, insisted she was not lying when she said a baby sitter kidnapped Caylee on June 9, 2008.

Casey Anthony: Defendant Lied About Universal Studios Job

June 2, 2011

Leonard Turtora, assistant manager of loss prevention at Universal Studios, has testified that after he was contacted by authorities, he searched through the Universal Studios employee database and found that Casey Anthony had not worked there in years.

From CNN:

According to testimony, Anthony claimed to work as an event planner at Universal Studios until after Caylee was reported missing.

During the police investigation, lead detective Yuri Melich called Anthony and put her on a speakerphone with Turtora, who testified she insisted she worked there and gave a Thomas Manley as her supervisor. Manley also was not found in the database. During the call, Melich asked her if she was an event planner for marketing or entertainment, Turtora testified, and she said a little bit of both. “I knew that couldn’t be true,” Turtora said.

Eventually, Anthony was forced to own up to the lie after detectives brought her to Universal Studios and met Turtora there. She directed them to a building Turtora said he knew was not an events building.

“Melich began to look around and asked if we were in the events building,” Turtora said. “Ms. Anthony looked at me, put her hands in her back pocket and stated, ‘I don’t work here.’”

Casey Anthony: Defendant Lied About Boyfriend

June 2, 2011

During his testimony, Jeff Hopkins, an alleged “a wealthy suitor”, testified that while he knew Casey Anthony from middle school, her claims of dating him and his introducing her to Zenaida Gonzalez were not true.

From CNN:

Hopkins, 26, said his name wasn’t even Jeffrey Michael Hopkins — the name Anthony had given as a wealthy suitor living in Jacksonville, with a son named Zachary.

Anthony’s mother, Cindy Anthony, previously testified her daughter spoke often about Hopkins, describing him as a former coworker at Universal who had introduced her to Gonzalez, purportedly employed as a nanny for Casey Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The two began dating, Casey Anthony had claimed.

After Caylee went missing June 16, 2008, Casey Anthony stayed away from her parents’ house for weeks, telling her mother she and her daughter were spending time with Hopkins in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lived.

Casey Anthony: “Boobs” Take Center Stage…

June 1, 2011

I can’t remember the last time I used the word “boobs” in a headline of a post…if ever :)

Anyways…CNN ‘In Session’ anchor Vinnie Politan apparently forgot that his microphone was on during a live broadcast on Tuesday and in reference to accused murderer Casey Anthony, uttered the words “the only thing you are going to see are her boobs sticking out.”

D’oh! Here’s the video:

From the Daily Mail:

For the former attorney and journalist made the cardinal sin of broadcasting by forgetting his microphone was on during a live report.

On Tuesday, Politan was covering the high-profile trial of Casey Anthony, who is accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter and dumping her body in a swamp, when he made a rather crass comment about her ‘boobs’.

The comment was made during a particularly gruelling day-long testimony of Cindy Anthony, Casey’s mother – in which she broke down several times as she described her daughter’s actions surrounding the disappearance of her child.

Casey Anthony: Lee Anthony Takes the Stand…

June 1, 2011

Lee Anthony took the witness stand this morning and told the court about his unsuccessful efforts to find his sister, Casey Anthony, during the month while Caylee went missing.

From Fox News:

Lee Anthony testified on the seventh day of Casey Anthony’s murder trial that he tried to track down his sister at a nightclub, by text messaging and by telephone calls in early July 2008 but was repeatedly unsuccessful.

Brother Lee Anthony was the latest family member to testify in Anthony’s trial. Her mother, Cindy Anthony, broke down in tears on the witness stand Tuesday when prosecutors played a 911 call in which Cindy Anthony reported her granddaughter missing.

Casey Anthony: Blogger/TV Personality Added to Defense Witness List

May 31, 2011

…and it’s not Marinade Dave :)

According to court documents, the defense team has added Stephen Watts, journalist, blogger and TV personality, to its witness list.

From WESH:

Watts’ site said he has worked or appeared on shows and networks such as “Nancy Grace,” “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” TRU TV and “Inside Edition.”

He has covered cases such as Drew Peterson, O.J. Simpson, Scott Peterson, Haleigh Cummings and Casey Anthony, the site says. He also said he is working on a book about the media’s influence on the justice system.

The defense’s addition to its witness list was filed Friday, according to the clerk’s website.

Casey Anthony: 911 Tapes Played in Court…

May 31, 2011

Cindy Anthony put her head down on the witness stand and sobbed earlier today as recordings of her 911 call to police were played during testimony in Casey Anthony’s murder trial. The call was made after she discovered that Caylee had been missing for a month.

Another call featured today was the jailhouse call between Casey, her mother, brother and friend Kristina Chester.

From CNN:

“We’re talking about a 3-year-old girl,” a hysterical Cindy Anthony says on the call, made July 15, 2008. It was her third call to police that day, but this one was different — made after Cindy Anthony’s daughter Casey Anthony admitted to her brother that Caylee — who was actually 2 at the time — had been missing since June 16 and said the girl’s nanny had kidnapped her.

Also played for jurors Tuesday was a phone call Casey Anthony made to the Anthony home from jail on July 16, following her arrest. In the call, she speaks to her mother and brother and to her friend Kristina Chester, but wants her brother to give her the phone number of her then-boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro.

On the call, a tearful Kristina Chester tries to get answers out of Anthony regarding Caylee.

“I got arrested on a f—ing whim today,” Casey Anthony tells Chester on the call, “because they’re blaming me for stuff that I would never do, that I didn’t do.”

“Casey,” Chester said later in the call. “Your daughter, your flesh and blood, your baby.” But Anthony cut her off, saying, “Put my brother back on the phone. I don’t want to get into this with you. … I haven’t slept in four days.”

Casey Anthony: Cindy Anthony Returns to the Witness Stand; Breaks Down During Testimony

May 31, 2011

Cindy Anthony tried to fight back tears this morning as she described retrieving Caylee Anthony’s favorite doll from a car that prosecutors believe may have held the little girl’s body at some point.

From ABC News:

A distraught Cindy Anthony buried her head in her arms and slumped on the witness stand as she listened to a tape of her daughter, Casey Anthony, calmly tell 911 operators that 2-year-old Caylee, had been missing 31 days.

Casey Anthony can be heard spinning a fresh lie about her daughter’s disappearance on the July 15, 2008 call.

“My daughter’s been missing for the last 31 days. I know who has her. I’ve tried to contact her. I actually received a phone call today…I did get to speak to my daughter for about a moment,” Casey Anthony can be heard saying on the call.

From the Associated Press:

Cindy Anthony testified that the vehicle had a terrible odor after it was retrieved in mid-July 2008 from a towing lot by her husband, George. The Pontiac had been driven by their daughter, Casey Anthony, but the Anthonys hadn’t seen Casey Anthony, nor their granddaughter, 2-year-old Caylee, for several weeks.

In a 911 call, Cindy Anthony described the odor in the car as that of a dead body. But she said Tuesday that it was merely an expression she used and at that moment she didn’t think a body had been in the car.

“I said ‘Oh my gosh. What is wrong with the car?” Cindy Anthony said from the witness stand. “The smell in the car was pretty strong.”

Casey Anthony: Week One of Murder Trial in the Books…

May 28, 2011

Well…the first week of testimony in the Casey Anthony murder trial definitely had it’s moments, and many thought that it was filled with bombshells.

What do you expect in the coming days/weeks?

From CNN:

As week one of the trial comes to a close, capped off Saturday by the compelling testimony of Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, an outsider to the case can only speculate if the jurors feel the truth is coming into focus.

If the jurors are looking for answers in Casey’s face, they may come away empty-handed. While Casey has broken down in court on several occasions, particularly when the subject turns to her relationship with Caylee, she is often stoic as she hears the recollections of the men and women who once made up her life.

On Saturday, Casey was essentially stone-faced until a court recess in the middle of her mother’s testimony. Then Casey was seen sobbing and speaking passionately to her attorneys. The defendant regained composure when her mother retook the stand.


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