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.



The Casey Anthony Forensic Report

25 10 2008

The state attorneys office has released the Casey Anthony forensic report. According to this report, they found a hair in the trunk of her car “exhibits characteristics of apparent decomposition at the end.” This hair is similar to the hair found in Caylee’s hair brush.

The report also notes that chloroform residue was found on a spare tire cover inside the trunk of the car.
Here’s the Forensic Report

Decomposition evidence in Casey Anthony’s trunk

25 10 2008

(CNN) — Evidence consistent with human decomposition was found in the trunk of a car belonging to a Florida woman charged with killing her 3-year-old daughter, according to a forensic report released Friday.

“Both odor analysis and LIBS results appear to be quite consistent with a decompositional event having occurred in the trunk of the vehicle,” said the report from Tennessee’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, noting that the results were preliminary.

Testing indicates that the decomposition could be human, the report adds.

Casey Anthony, who drove the car, was arrested this month and charged with first-degree murder and other charges in the disappearance of her daughter, Caylee.

Caylee was last seen in mid-June, but Casey Anthony waited about a month before telling her family the child was gone.

LIBS is laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy, one of the techniques used in chemical analysis.

Testing was conducted on air and carpet samples from the vehicle. The tests indicated “the presence of the five key major compounds associated with human decomposition,” the report said.

The tests also found “an unusually large concentration of chloroform” in the trunk, according to the Oak Ridge report. Chloroform can be used to render someone unconscious. However, trace amounts of chloroform were also found on a control carpet sample, the report said.

The report also says evidence of possible decomposition was found on a hair located among debris in the trunk. The hair is “microscopically similar” to one recovered from Caylee’s hair brush, the report said, but “a more meaningful conclusion cannot be reached as this is not a suitable known hair sample.”
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The report was released by prosecutors as part of the case’s public record. Prosecutors said they would not comment further on them.

Todd Black, a spokesman for Casey Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, said the evidence does not link Casey Anthony to any criminal behavior.

“There’s nothing in those reports that links Casey Anthony to any wrongdoing with her daughter, Caylee,” he said.

Casey Anthony was arrested October 14 in a traffic stop after a grand jury indicted her on seven counts of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to police.

If convicted of the capital murder charge, she could face the death penalty or a life sentence.

Police and prosecutors have said little about the case, but hundreds of pages of documents and investigative reports have been released.

They indicate that Casey Anthony went to nightclubs, entered “hot body” contests and text-messaged her friends while her daughter was missing. Copies of cell phone and text records released to the public show that she hardly ever mentioned Caylee during the time just before and after the girl was reported missing. And in May, just before Caylee disappeared, her mother referred to the girl as “the little snot head.”

Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, called the sheriff in Orange County, Florida, on July 15, saying her daughter wouldn’t tell her where Caylee was.

Casey’s brother, Lee Anthony, also pleaded with his sister to tell him where Caylee was, according to police documents. She told him she hadn’t seen the child in “31 days.”

When questioned, Casey Anthony gave conflicting statements to police, including some that were later disproved, accounting for the charges of providing false information.

She claimed that she dropped Caylee off with a baby-sitter, but when police checked out her story, they learned that the address Casey Anthony supplied belonged to an apartment that had been vacant for weeks. The woman Casey Anthony named as her baby-sitter told police she did not know her.

Investigators have said cadaver dogs picked up the scent of death in Casey Anthony’s car and her parents’ backyard. A neighbor told police Casey Anthony had asked to borrow a shovel.

Preliminary air quality tests conducted by the FBI found evidence consistent with human decomposition and chloroform in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car, investigators previously said.

Further analysis of Casey Anthony’s computer found that she had visited Web sites discussing chloroform, as well as Internet searches of missing children.

Nancy Grace Show 10/23/2008

24 10 2008


Headlines tonight. The investigation reveals mom Casey ignores deadly chloroform warnings, warnings that were right in front of her eyes, before allegedly cooking up the highly toxic chemical solution. As the state`s theories on little Caylee`s death emerge, the defense strategy is revealed, as well, the tot mom`s defense now seeking to have all evidence connected to mom Casey`s car, including DNA from hair plus evidence of human decomposition, thrown out of court. The defense begins questioning state`s witnesses, all focusing on the car, as critical FBI lab results to be delivered tomorrow morning, including that chloroform discovered by the FBI in mom Casey`s car trunk.

Police reveal suspicious computer searches on mom Casey`s computer were actually do-it-yourself chloroform recipes. That`s right, the tot mom, Casey, reads up on how to cook up chloroform all at the time little Caylee goes missing, this as grandparents George and Cindy insist when mom Casey was caught on camera partying, it was before Caylee vanished. But the actual photographer confirms mom Casey out celebrating even at a “hot body” contest after Caylee`s gone.

Nearly 1,000 tips pour in. The Anthonys` private investigator is zeroing in on what they say are two new leads, one outside the state of Florida. And still not a single visit to the jailhouse by grandparents George and Cindy, this as complete strangers who say they feel sorry for the tot mom put money in her jail account. But tonight, where is Caylee?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Was missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony killed with chloroform? Well, according to affiliate WFTV, investigators say someone was researching how to make the potent chemical on her mother`s computer around the same time the little girl vanished. Investigators found high levels of chloroform and evidence of a decomposing body in the trunk of her mother`s car.

CINDY ANTHONY, GRANDMOTHER OF MISSING TODDLER: There`s something wrong. I found my daughter`s car today, and it smells like there`s been a dead body in the damn car.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The forensic evidence in Casey Anthony`s car trunk, Caylee`s hairs, which investigators say came from her dead body, and air tests showing signs of human decomposition is the strongest evidence so far. And the specifics will go public very soon. It appears the defense team plans to attack that evidence, possibly trying to show that it could have been compromised at some time between when it was parked at the Amscot and when it was parked here at the sheriff`s evidence garage. Cindy Anthony has even suggested that someone planted someone`s body in the trunk while it was here at Johnson`s (ph) Wrecker Service in east Orlando.

CINDY ANTHONY: I smelled rotten whatever it was, something decomposing in there. Maybe someone put a body in the car after it was towed to the tow yard.

New Caylee tip line established

24 10 2008

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35, Orlando) — The Anthony family has launched a new tipline for leads in finding their missing granddaughter Caylee. The number is 1-888-231-5618.

Despite the fact that George and Cindy Anthony haven’t seen their granddaughter in more than 4 months they are convinced that Caylee is alive.

On Wednesday the Orange County couple appeared on “The Today Show” and told host Meridith Viera that they are sure they will find her.

Meanwhile their daughter Casey Anthony remains in the Orange County jail charged with murder. Prosecutors say there’s enough evidence to convince them that Caylee is no longer alive.

Casey Anthony will be arraigned on Tuesday where a judge will formally charge her in the murder. She has already pleaded not guilty.

Nov. 8 Search Planned For Caylee, Kesse

23 10 2008

Up To 4,000 Volunteer Searchers Expected

The latest search effort planned for Caylee Anthony is generating a lot of interest.

An Orlando private investigator who has volunteered to head up the effort to recruit team leaders said he has received over 400 calls since just 5 p.m. Wednesday.”We’re looking for someone with law enforcement background, fire service background, department of corrections — public service background essentially,” said James Copenhaver, private investigator. “Those folks have had some training in the past that they can bring to the table to help us.”

The search is being headed up by Equusearch, the same group based in Texas that searched for Caylee in September. The group’s leader, Tim Miller, plans to return to Orlando on Nov. 7 to train team leaders. On Nov. 8, the group hopes to send as many as 3,000 or 4,000 volunteer searchers out to look for both Caylee Anthony and Jennifer Kesse — a Central Florida woman who has been missing since January 2006.

Equusearch is still looking for a search headquarters and determining the exact areas that will be searched. Both the sherriff’s office and the FBI are on board with their efforts.People who are interested in volunteering with Equusearch in the upcoming search for Caylee Anthony and Jennifer Kesse on Nov. 8 call Equusearch at 877-270-9500 or go to their website at http://www.texasequusearch.org. If you are retired law enforcement, military personnel, or have a background in fire or rescue and would like to serve as a team leader, please contact James Copenhaver at 407-897-1184.


Anthonys Call Casey ‘A Great Mom’

23 10 2008

Cindy and George Anthony NBC Today Show Video