6 11 2008

Casey Anthony’s attorney wants access to tips, information
3:30 p.m. Casey Anthony’s attorney filed three motions in Orange County court this week to compel investigators to turn over tips about the whereabouts of missing Caylee Marie as well as crime scene photos and investigative reports. He also wants information from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which conducted forensic testing on hair and air samples taken from Anthony’s car.

There are an estimated 4,500 tips regarding tips in the disappearance of Caylee Marie that have not been delivered to the defense.

Jose Baez, who is representing Casey Anthony in the first-degree murder charge against her, asked a judge to expedite the delivery.

Prosecutors turned over roughly 450 tips to the law firm on Oct. 27, which were mostly made up of calls from psychics. The next batch was to have been delivered on Nov. 4, but investigators pushed the delivery date back to Nov. 7, according to the motion.

Orange Circuit Judge Stan Strickland will preside over the hearing for the motions on Monday, Nov. 10 at 1:30 p.m. No hearing dates have been scheduled for the other two motions

Casey Anthony’s interview at jail and home with DCF workers
1:30 p.m. On Aug. 25, Department of Children and Families investigator William Procknow met with Casey Anthony and her mother, Cindy Anthony, at their home on Hopespring Drive. Casey Anthony greeted Procknow with a smile and sat down with him in the dining room.

The meeting was to go over the allegations of maltreatment, inadequate supervision and threatened harm — accusations reported to DCF.

Anthony told him that she looked forward to telling her side of the story to someone other than her family and law enforcement. Cindy Anthony began talking then Casey stopped her, saying this was her chance to speak.

Casey went on to describe how she left her child with babysitter Zenaida Gonzales so she could work. She said despite what the sheriff’s office has reported, she is a seasonal worker at Universal Studios in the event department.

When the investigator inquired about the babysitter, Casey Anthony said she couldn’t reveal more because of her criminal case.

She described how she met Caylee’s father in middle school and said his name was Eric. He and his family moved to Kentucky where he later died in a car crash. She refused to give his last name to protect his family’s privacy.

Casey talked about the psychological testing that was done at the jail. She said she was told that “everything was normal” and she has never been diagnosed with any mental health conditions.

When talking about the case, she vowed that she is innocent and did not do anything to her child. She said the sheriff’s office is trying to “break her and make her confess to something she did not do.”

She repeated several times that authorities would not “break her and she and her attorney are confident going to trial.”

Throughout the meeting, Procknow noticed she appeared detached emotionally, appearing “very cool and smooth” and spoke with conviction and confidence.

On Sept. 4, Procknow and another DCF worker met with Casey at the Orange County Jail. She told the child protection workers that the sheriff’s office is spending more time trying to find her guilty without any evidence instead of searching for Caylee.

One of the workers mentioned that Sheriff Kevin Beary was on the news recently, saying he was offering more money to help the group EquuSearch look for the toddler.

“She stated she is aware of the group, but hasn’t seen the news recently. She stated that as a mother she would have a knowing feeling inside if something bad happened to Caylee and that her mother, Cindy, had the same type of feeling about her and her brother growing up,” Procknow wrote in the report.

During their conversation, the investigators noted Anthony referred to Caylee as “that child,” suggesting some form of detachment.

Highlights from George Anthony’s June 24 interview with two sheriff’s detectives
12 p.m. Transcripts of the interview show that George Anthony told the detectives: “Where this is leading I don’t want to think about it. I don’t want to think about that but I had bad vibes the very first day when I got that car … I don’t want to believe that I have raised someone, and brought someone in this world that could do something to another person.”

Anthony spoke about the pungent smell that came from Casey’s Pontiac Sunfire the day he picked it up from the wrecker-yard. Detective Yuri Melich asked Anthony to discuss what he initially told him about the odor.

“I believe that there’s something dead back there,” Anthony said. “And I hate to say the word human … I mean that law enforcement stuff that I did, we caught people out in the woods, in a house, in a, in a car. So I know what it smells like. It’s a smell that you never … never get rid of.”

Anthony continued, “When I first went there to pick up that vehicle I got within three feet of it I could smell something. You look up and you say, please don’t let this be. Please don’t let this be.”

Anthony said he opened the car door and knew something was wrong. As he walked around the car to look inside the trunk, Anthony told detectives, “I think I whispered out to myself ‘Please don’t let this be my Caylee.’ That’s what I thought. That’s what I, my heart was saying.”

When Anthony and the wrecker employee opened the trunk, Anthony said he saw the garbage bag and a stain. Anthony said the stain was about the size of a basketball.

Anthony said the car smelled so bad he didn’t know how we was going to drive it home. “I couldn’t freaking breath (sic),” he said.

When Anthony got the car home and pulled into the garage, he said Cindy said, “Jesus Christ what died?”

“But then she said it in a way, she says, ‘George, it was the pizza, right?’ And I said, ‘Yeah (affirmative), it was the pizza.’ And that’s what I left it go at that, but. I’m sitting here as the grandfather, as the father, as George Anthony and as a guy who smelled the smell before years ago and you just never forget it. I even stuck my nose down on it and I’m, I’m concerned.”

Detectives asked Anthony what he thought may have happened. Anthony brought up their above-ground swimming pool. Anthony said he and Cindy are “very religious” about keeping their gate closed and taking the ladder up.

Anthony told detectives about a day in June when Cindy called and told him the side gate was open and the pool ladder was up. Anthony said he told his wife he always shuts the gate and wouldn’t have put the ladder on.

Alleged crash in Tampa involving Zenaida Gonzalez never occured
11:40 a.m. Casey Anthony had told her mother that Zenaida Gonzalez had been involved in a crash in Tampa in mid-June as was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Her mother, Cindy Anthony, doubted the story. Tampa police searched crash reports and could not locate a crash involving Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez during that time, the State Attorney’s Office records show.

A check of local hospitals also turned up nothing on a patient admitted under that name.

Three women matching the name were found in the area and their information was turned over to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.

Anthony had told her mother in June that she was driving behind Gonzalez on their way back home from Tampa and that Gonzalez – who was transporting Caylee Marie and another child — had a car accident on Interstate 4. Gonzalez had to be taken to the hospital, Anthony said. She told her mother she had stayed with Gonzalez until she recovered.

More reports of Casey Anthony behaving “normally” while her daughter was missing
11:35 a.m. Casey Anthony’s friend, Dante Salati, told lead investigator John Allen that he and Anthony had gone out with several friends to Miller’s Ale House, off Alafaya Trail, on July 1 – after Caylee Marie had disappeared.

Anthony never mentioned Caylee Marie during dinner, Salati said.

Salati also told detectives he lives at Sawgrass Apartments, the same residential complex the Anthony claimed she left Caylee Marie at with a babysitter named Zenaida Gonzalez.

Allen asked if Salati had heard Anthony mention Gonzalez, due to the proximity of his apartment to where she reported Gonzalez lived. Salati said Anthony never mentioned a babysitter. He also said he never met anyone matching Gonzalez’s description.

Cindy Anthony asks: How quickly would you stop looking for someone you loved?
11:23 a.m. The grandmother of missing Caylee Marie reaffirms that she is prepared for the worst, but maintains hope that her granddaughter is still alive.

“I feel that a good attorney will plan for the worse case scenario and hope for the best,” she said in a statement released by Anthony family spokesman, Larry Garrison. “The defense and the family will never give up on looking for Caylee. We continue to believe she is alive, and so should everyone else who has a conscience.”

DCF officials said Caylee Marie’s safety “critically at risk”
10 a.m. Department of Children and Family records released today by the State Attorney’s Office show that officials determined the missing girl’s overall safety was at risk.

Casey Anthony “has lied to the police and refused to cooperate. The welfare of the child is critically at risk,” the report shows.

State Attorney’s Office released more documents on the Casey Anthony investigation
9:50 a.m. More than 500 pages of legal documents were just released by the State Attorney’s Office as part of the Casey Anthony case.

Included in the documents are transcribed interviews of Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony; her most recent boyfriend, Anthony Lazzaro; and friends Ricardo Morales and Amy Huizenga.

Other items included are AirTran flight records and toll records.

The Orlando Sentinel is reviewing the records. Check back for updates.


A Miami lawyer hired by Casey Anthony’s defense team gave prosecutors a report Wednesday outlining arguments on why the single mother accused of killing her child should not face the death penalty.

The 30-page packet highlights problems with some of the evidence and describes how aspects of Anthony’s case do not fit the state criteria for the death penalty — a sentence reserved for the worst of the worst homicides.

It touches on Anthony’s erratic behavior after her daughter’s birth that suggests signs of emotional or mental distress. The report ended with pictures of Anthony during happier times, as a child surrounded by her parents and her brother.

“Casey Anthony is a unique individual. A close inspection of her case clearly supports not filing a notice seeking death,” attorney Terence Lenamon wrote in a report obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.

The State Attorney’s Office would not confirm whether it had received the report, which is not a public record. Such reports are part of the process prosecutors go through to decide whether they will seek a death sentence or life in prison for a person charged with a capital crime.

The report is not an admission of guilt. The idea is to explore whether facts in the case truly justify the death penalty if a suspect is convicted.

Anthony was charged last month with killing her daughter, Caylee Marie, who was reported missing on July 15. No body has been found, and Anthony’s lawyer, Jose Baez, and family members contend that the child, who would have turned 3 in August, still could be alive.

Anthony told investigators that she left Caylee with a baby sitter in mid-June. When she returned later that day, both the baby sitter and Caylee were gone. Detectives have not been able to locate the baby sitter and doubt she exists.

If prosecutors pursue the death penalty, the trial will be divided into two sections: the guilt/innocent phase and the sentence phase.

Lenamon’s report addresses the sentence phase, when the jury hears evidence for and against imposing the ultimate penalty.

Some of the arguments outlined against death include:

* The techniques used to analyze hair and air samples from the trunk of Anthony’s car to prove evidence of a body are “novel, experimental, in the early stages of development, inconclusive and highly susceptible to mishandling,” Lenamon wrote. Even if the evidence is enough for a guilty verdict, it would not be enough to support the death penalty, according to the report.

* Details of the Anthony case are insufficient to justify the death penalty, the lawyer wrote. She doesn’t have a criminal record. There is no history of child abuse. The crime was not cold, calculated and premeditated. No one knows how death might have happened — if at all. In the months leading up to Caylee’s disappearance, Anthony’s behavior was described by friends and family as “erratic and not entirely rational.”

* Filicide — the act of a parent killing a child — is different from other homicides. The underlying reasons why mothers kill are complex and can be divided into various categories.

* Juries are more likely to show mothers mercy. The report mentions Andrea Yates, a Texas mother who drowned her five children. She was sentenced to life in prison but later sent to a mental hospital. Susan Smith, the South Carolina mother who drowned her two children in a lake, got life in prison.

* Experts will likely agree that Anthony was “suffering from episodes of extreme emotional distress and disturbance since her daughter’s birth,” the report said. Even the lack of emotion after her child’s disappearance and the arrest “is not normal,” Lenamon wrote.

* Anita Simmons, an Orange County woman who beat her 8-year-old daughter to death, got 42 years in prison, the report said. Lenamon also cited other examples around that state that also led to life sentences.

“A careful consideration of the totality of the circumstances in this case leads to a clear conclusion that filing a notice of the death penalty is not the right thing to do,” he wrote.





One response

17 11 2008

I believe a great many sociopaths have actually been created by those around them. I do think there is a biological component to it as well (a predisposition). More about this here.

Surrendering to the sociopath we created – our kids

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