Casey Anthony’s Lawyer Admits She Killed Daughter Caylee, Investigator Says
Time noted that, during the trial, reporters depended on a Twitter account, “NinthCircuitFL,” for their information for the first time. The investigator claimed attorney Jose Baez hired him days after police arrested the mom in July 2008. He said, “Baez had told me that Casey had murdered Caylee and dumped the body somewhere and, he needed all the help he could get to find the body before anyone else did.” The prosecution painted a picture of Anthony as a promiscuous party girl, unconcerned with her missing daughter, and responsible for her murder. A website about the toxic chemical chloroform had been searched on the Anthonys’ home computer and chloroform was found in the trunk of Anthony’s car.
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The prosecution alleged an intentional murder and sought the death penalty against Casey Anthony. Prosecutors stated that Anthony used chloroform to render her daughter unconscious before putting duct tape over her nose and mouth to suffocate her, and left Caylee’s body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it. They characterized Anthony as a party girl who killed her daughter to free herself from parental responsibility and enjoy her personal life.
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The trial became a “macabre tourist attraction”, as people camped outside for seats in the courtroom, where scuffles also broke out among those wanting seats inside. The New York Post described the trial as going “from being a newsworthy case to one of the biggest ratings draws in recent memory”, and Time magazine dubbed it “the social media trial of the century”. Cable news channels and network news programs became intent upon covering the case as extensively as they could.
Mason’s response was viewed as especially critical of Nancy Grace, whose news program is cited as having “almost single-handedly inflated the Anthony case from a routine local murder into a national obsession”. Grace said that she did not understand why Mason would care what pundits are saying, and that she imagines she has tried and covered as many cases as Mason. She criticized the defense attorneys for delivering media criticism before mentioning Caylee’s name in their post-verdict news conference, and said she disagrees with the verdict. At a meeting of local professionals, named the Tiger Bay Club of Tampa, Mason told the media and those in attendance that he was surprised by the not-guilty verdict. More than 6,000 pages of evidence released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, including hundreds of instant messages between Casey and her ex-boyfriend Tony Rusciano, were the subject of increased scrutiny by the media for clues and possible motives in the homicide. Outside the Anthony home, WESH TV 2 reported that protesters repeatedly shouted “baby killer” and that George Anthony was physically attacked.
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A strand of hair was recovered from the trunk of Casey’s car which was microscopically similar to hair taken from Caylee’s hairbrush. The strand showed “root-banding,” in which hair roots form a dark band after death, which was consistent with hair from a dead body. During the trial, Casey found another version of the truth, according to Time. Caylee had climbed the ladder that had been left against her grandparents’ aboveground pool and drowned. When George Anthony saw this, he shoved his granddaughter into a garbage bag, duct-taped it as he had with deceased family pets , and dropped it in the woods to prevent people from thinking that Casey was an unfit mother.
- Casey had told friends that she wanted to give Caylee up for adoption.
- During redirect examination, Baez asked Holloway if George Anthony had told her that Caylee was dead while stating publicly that she was missing, to which she replied yes.
- He said, “Baez had told me that Casey had murdered Caylee and dumped the body somewhere and, he needed all the help he could get to find the body before anyone else did.”
- Everything that Casey Anthony had been saying to us was a complete lie.
It wasn’t really that long after Casey came around that we met Caylee. From what I saw with my own two eyes is that she was a great mother. She was bubbly, and smart, and fun; we had a good time being around her. She looked like a scared little young girl — a young woman I should say, but at my age, she’s a girl.