Posted tagged ‘Yuri Melich’

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.