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Casey Anthony Appealing Conviction

January 8, 2013

Lawyers for Casey Anthony are back in court in Florida today to appeal her four convictions for lying to the authorities. It seems that Anthony’s lawyers will argue that each of the lies should have been considered one offense.

More details at the link below.

From Reuters:

Anthony, 26, was convicted of lying to lead detective Yuri Melich when she said she left Caylee on or about June 9, 2008, with a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez at the Sawgrass Apartments in Orlando.

She was also convicted of lying when she claimed she was employed at Universal Studios, had told Universal co-workers that Caylee was missing, and later received a phone call from Caylee.

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: Parents Take Stand At Emotional Hearing

March 2, 2011

Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony took the stand earlier today on an emotional first day of a scheduled two-day hearing.

From WESH:

George and Cindy Anthony, Casey’s parents, both testified that they never heard anyone read their daughter her Miranda rights. The lead detective, Yuri Melich, testified he never did.

The Anthonys frequently clashed with prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick during testimony.

“I’m not stupid,” Cindy Anthony told the prosecutor.

“I’m not suggesting that, I’m just trying to establish a timeline,” Drane Burdick replied.

Casey Anthony: Investigative Money Gone?

October 27, 2010

Cheney Mason has provided additional insight into a request from the defense team asking for more funding for investigative hours.

From WESH:

This week, defense attorneys filed a motion asking Judge Belvin Perry to double the amount of investigative hours permitted for review of new evidence. The request would total up to $12,000.

In May, Perry set a cap of 300 hours for in-state investigators and 100 hours for out-of-state investigators. The new request asks for an additional 300 hours.

On Wednesday, Anthony defense attorney Cheney Mason told WESH 2 News the hours that were originally approved have already been used.

“Investigators have used (them) up. We just need more, that’s all,” Mason said.

Casey Anthony: Detective Yuri Melich to be Deposed

September 10, 2010

Another key deposition will take place this morning as Detective Yuri Melich is scheduled to be deposed this morning.

It’ll be interesting to see what comes out of this.

Casey Anthony: Prosecutors Release E-mails, Videos to Defense

March 18, 2009

Prosecutors have released more investigative information, including e-mails and videos, to Casey Anthony‘s defense team today.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Among the 10 items made available: videos taken by private investigator Jim Hoover; e-mails the Oak Ridge National Laboratory sent the Orange County Sheriff’s Office; e-mails Detective Yuri Melich sent to the laboratory; and a photograph of a child’s T-shirt.

Evidence collected for prosecutors in criminal trials must be shared with defense lawyers — a process known as discovery.

After the defense receives the information, it then can be released publicly. It’s unclear when the items recently shared with the defense will become public.

Casey Anthony: New Documents Released

February 18, 2009

The much anticipated new documents were finally released today and there is some very interesting information in the article below.

Please take a read and I’d be interested in everyone’s thoughts on today’s developments.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

11:05 a.m.

Investigators have determined that Caylee died between June 16 and June 27, the report said. Detectives think that the body was stored in the trunk of Anthony’s Pontiac for a period of time, but was removed before June 27.

“Evidence on the body suggests that the child’s death was not accidental but an intentional act,” Detective Yuri Melich wrote Feb. 5. “As of this writing, there is nothing to suggest that anyone but Casey Anthony is responsible for the death and disposal of Caylee Anthony.”

10:49 a.m.Casey Anthony complained to a family friend about having a bad relationship with her father, George Anthony, documents show.

The friend is Michelle Murphy, Lee Anthony’s old roommate and long-time friend of the Anthony family.

On two different occasions, Lee and George Anthony told Murphy that Cindy and George Anthony were considering getting custody of Caylee, the report said.

In Feburary 2007, Casey Anthony allegedly had a miscarriage from a man named Brandon Snow. None of her friends, including Annie Downing or Murphy, believed this was true.

In March 2007, shortly after the alleged miscarriage, Anthony called Murphy and told her she was feeling “crazy” and was considering getting “herself committed,” the report said. Anthony had “imagined this life with Brandon [Snow] and that she was supposed to have this baby in October,” according to the report.

Anthony also said she didn’t feel like she was being a good mom to Caylee, but did not elaborate on details to Murphy. When Murphy called the following day to check on the situation, Anthony blew her off.

10:37 a.m. After Casey Anthony was released from jail once last year, Annie Downing visited Anthony several times at her home and spent the night once. Anthony told Downing, “when this is all said and done, I have so much to tell you,” Downing told investigators.

While Downing was visiting the Anthony home, Casey Anthony found Cindy Anthony on the computer using Casey’s email address and signing emails with Casey’s name. They argued about it, but Cindy Anthony told her daughter that “if this can find us Caylee, then you know I’m going to do whatever I can.”

At one point, while visiting Anthony at home, Downing asked her about the chloroform found in the trunk of her Pontiac, but Casey Anthony explained it away, saying she had stored cleaning supplies there. Anthony also eluded to the fact that her ex-fiancé Jesse Grund had a key to her car and “may have done something to it after it was abandoned,” the report said.

Downing told investigators she thought that if Anthony had hurt Caylee, that she would not have acted alone because “she wasn’t that smart,” the report said. Investigators noted that the statement was only Downing’s opinion and she didn’t have any evidence to back it up.

10:24 a.m.In late 2006 or early 2007 Casey Anthony visited Downing at work and told her she need to talk to someone. Anthony said “she needed to get away and felt like she was having a breakdown,” Downing told investigators.

Anthony didn’t tell Downing what caused the breakdown, but said she wanted to go to “an institution” and that Caylee could stay with Cindy Anthony, Downing said.

But when Downing called her later that night, Casey Anthony said she’d talked to her mother and she was fine.

The two stopped being close friends around August 2007 because Downing found out that Anthony was a liar, the report said.

10:16 a.m.During an interview with Annie Downing, she told detectives Casey Anthony was jealous of her mother’s relationship with Caylee. Casey once told her that Cindy Anthony wanted Caylee to call her ‘mom’ instead of ‘grand mom’ the report said.

During Caylee’s 2nd birthday, Casey Anthony told Downing “Oh my God, this is supposed to be Caylee’s Day. I’m her mom. She’s not her mom,” in reference to Cindy Anthony helping Caylee open presents.

Downing also told investigators that she received a phone call from Lee Anthony in October after information had been made public about Casey telling another friend she could get some Xanex from her friend named Annie.

Downing said Lee Anthony told her, “We all know Casey’s done bad things but you need to protect yourself. You need to…if they call you, you need to tell them the truth. You need to tell them anything you know because if you know something you need to tell them….Don’t protect Casey.”

10 a.m. Investigators did not find fingerprints belonging to George Anthony, Cindy Anthony or Lee Anthony on the duct tape found on Caylee Marie’s skull, the FBI forensic reports show.

The discovery documents also include lists of the dozens of people who had been at the crime scene, ranging from FBI agents, Orange County Sheriff’s Office detectives, crime-scene technicians and prosecutors.

Also included is a letter asking the FBI to compare items taken from the Anthony house in December, when a search warrant was executed. Among the items taken from the house are multiple garbage bags, a Bissel steam cleaner, Dirt Devil vacuum cleaner, a Bissel spot cleaner and one red gas can with duct tape.

The sheriff’s office asked the FBI to compare the black plastic bag found with Caylee’s remains to the garbage bags collected from the Anthonys’ house; to compare the duct tape found on the remains to the duct tape on the gas can from the Anthonys’ residence; and to examine vacuums and cleaners for possible decomposition materials or other related items.

9:45 a.m. The duct tape discovered on Caylee Anthony’s skull at the crime scene matches duct tape stuck on a gas can at the Anthonys’ house, investigators said.

The duct tape “Originated from the same source roll,” according to the report.

9:33 a.m. Photographs show strips of silver-colored duct tape and several plastic bags scattered at the site, off Suburban Drive. One bag appears to be partially buried.

More Details Emerge in Death of Caylee Anthony

January 21, 2009

New evidence released today in the case of  Caylee Anthony shows that her body was placed in a laundry-hamper bag and then secured in a plastic garbage bag before she was buried. It sounds as if someone took the time to plan what they were doing. Thoughts?

From the Associated Press:

Documents the state attorney’s office in Orlando released Wednesday also show the girl’s mouth was covered with silver duct tape that had been adorned with a heart-shaped sticker. Duct tape also was attached to her head.

A utility worker found the 3-year-old’s body last December in woods near where she lived with her mother and grandparents. Her mother, 22-year-old Casey Anthony, has been charged with her murder.

The toddler was reported missing to authorities in July, almost a month after she was last seen. Her third birthday passed while she was missing.

From People Magazine:

With details that are both graphic and heartbreaking, new court documents released Wednesday reveal that the body of toddler Caylee Anthony was bound by duct tape that had a heart-shaped sticker placed on it.

Evidence further shows that a Winnie the Pooh blanket, several iron-on letters and a toy horse were in the laundry bag that contained the slain 2-year-old, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

The remains were recovered by the Orange County Sheriff’s department near Caylee’s Orlando-area home on Dec. 11. FBI investigators also found residue that “appeared to be consistent with the adhesive side of a heart-shaped sticker,” sheriff’s Detective Yuri Melich is quoted as saying in the documents.

Documents also state that investigators seized sticker books and scrapbook material from Caylee’s home, along with other toys that matched the one found with her body.

“It appears that the sticker was put on the duct tape intentionally,” Melich is quoted as saying.

Caylee’s mother Casey Anthony, 22, is being held in jail since being arrested Oct. 14 and charged with her daughter’s murder, even though her daughter’s remains had not yet been discovered.

From MyFox Orlando:

Another 311 pages of discovery documents related to the Casey Anthony case were released to the public on Wednesday morning.

Click HERE to read the documents


The documents contain reports from Orange County Crime Scene Investigators, FBI crime lab reports, a police report related to findings on December 16 and transcripts of 911 calls placed by the meter reader who found Caylee’s remains.

The documents included new evidence that shows that Caylee’s body was placed in a laundry-hamper bag and then secured in a plastic garbage bag before she was buried.

The documents also show that Caylee’s mouth was covered with silver duct tape that had been adorned with a heart-shaped sticker. Duct tape also was attached to her head.


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