Controversial Tattoo Surfaces In Casey Anthony Trial - Page 4
The pink plaid shorts found on Caylee’s body were brought up, and Baez asked what size they were. According to Cindy, Caylee hadn’t been wearing them prior to the time she disappeared, as she had outgrown them. When attorney Baez questioned whether or not it was “Safe to say whoever put these shorts on Caylee were unfamiliar with her size,” the state objected, and it was sustained. Once again, however, the jury could not help but hear the question.
At this time, Judge Perry pointed out to the jury that the red heart-shaped sticker had separated from the cardboard upon which it had been found, and a digital photo of the sticker was shown as jurors passed the actual piece of evidence around, in a clear plastic bag.
The jury’s attention was then directed to another controversial piece of evidence that has dogged Casey Anthony for years — a tattoo she got on July 2, 2008, while daughter Caylee was presumed to be missing, and likely already dead.
Jennifer Welch of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office was called to the stand, and verified that she had taken the now-infamous photo of the “Bella Vita” tattoo Casey Anthony received behind a shoulder.
It is presumed that the prosecution hopes that the tattoo will be seen by jurors as a farewell statement from Casey to Caylee, indicating that she already knew her daughter was deceased. Or worse for the defense, the jurors might see the tattoo as Casey’s alleged perception that she would then be able to enjoy a freer life now that her daughter was dead.
Tattoo artist Bobby Williams, manager of Cast Iron Tattoos, was the last witness called to the stand today. It was Williams that had inked Casey’s tattoo, and he stated to jurors that Anthony had called, describing the tattoo over the phone, at the end of June, 2008.
According to Williams, Casey requested the words “Bella Vita, in a feminine type font.” The tattoo took about 30 minutes to complete, and during this time Williams noted that Casey Anthony acted “normal,” “pretty happy for the most part.” When the tattoo was completed, Casey stayed for awhile, ordered pizza, and shared slices with Williams and others.
Williams stated that on July 15th, came in to make another appointment for another tattoo; however, she was indecisive as to which one to get. Again, according to Williams, Casey was “normal, happy.” When asked about her daughter, Casey stated that Caylee was “with the nanny.”Continued on the next page