Where's Caylee? Cindy Anthony Takes The Stand
Part of Technorati's ongoing special coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial.
The Casey Anthony murder trial held an unusual Saturday session due to the Memorial Day weekend, as requested by the jury earlier in the week.
Mysterious visits to Lazzaro's Apartment
First up today was Casey’s boyfriend, Anthony Lazzaro, continuing his testimony from yesterday. Lazzaro underscored earlier statements that in the time frame before Casey Anthony was taken into custody, Casey acted normal, as though nothing was wrong.
Lazzaro remembered the day Sheriff’s deputies showed up at his apartment, after Casey had left for the day. A deputy asked to search Lazzaro’s apartment, and obtained Casey’s cell phone number. Not long after, Lee Anthony, Casey’s brother, showed up and took some of Casey Anthony’s clothing and her laptop computer. Lazzaro stated that Lee’s behavior was unusual.
It is to be noted that some of Casey Anthony’s clothing were found in her car when it was finally taken by Sheriff’s deputies, and that troubling searches for items such as chloroform were found on Casey’s computer. Chloroform was detected in both Casey Anthony’s car trunk and was in evidence around Caylee Anthony’s body.
Texts: Where is Caylee?
After learning that Caylee Anthony had been missing for some time, Lazzaro stated that he immediately texted Casey Anthony, with questions.
“I’m sorry for not telling you,” replied Casey in text, “I lied to everyone. I am the dumbest person and the worst mother. I honestly hate myself.” Transcripts provided to the court show Lazzaro was confused about Casey’s behavior now that he knew Caylee was missing, texting “Where is Caylee?”
“I don’t know,” replied Casey both on text and in a follow-up phone conversation with Lazzaro. “How could you not know where your daughter is?” asked Lazzaro, and Casey stated she was afraid.
When defense attorney Jose Baez had a chance to cross-examine Lazzaro, he simply asked “Did the texts seem like a slap in the face of reality?” “Yes,” replied Lazzaro.
Many believe that Casey’s defense will largely center around her unusual behavior, and opening statements by attorney Jose Baez hinted at alleged molestation by father George Anthony as well as a culture of secrets in the Anthony household.
Cindy's Confused Search
Casey’s mother Cindy Anthony then took the stand, and denied allegations made in opening statements that she and husband George Anthony had conspired to hide Casey’s pregnancy years earlier, stating that she and George offered assistance to Casey, even holding a baby shower for her.Continued on the next page