Grief Counselor: Casey's Party Behavior Typical - Page 3
George breaks down on the stand
Under cross examination, George admitted that he was upset that he was testifying against his daughter. A crucial question was then asked: whether or not George still believed that his granddaughter had died in the custody of anyone other than Casey. To this Baez objected, and the question went unanswered.
The day that Caylee Anthony’s remains were finally found was brought up, and George’s emotional state at the time. George stated that he had held out hope Caylee was still alive all of that time, and he broke down in tears on the stand at this point. Again, George left the stand to be comforted by his wife.
A suicide attempt is detailed
The jury was excused, and George Anthony returned to the stand to be further questioned. George broke down under cross-examination, saying that he had gone to a hotel on January 22, 2009, in order to commit suicide because he “needed to be with Caylee.” He went on to say that without the intervention of law enforcement officials, “I would not be here today,” and revealed that he still has suicidal thoughts from time to time.
A discussion ensued between Judge Belvin Perry and the two lead attorneys, as to whether or not to admit George’s suicide note into evidence for the jury. Perry stated that he believed Baez had “opened the door” with questions related to the attempt, and eventually allowed the note to be admitted.
George Anthony, still on the stand with the jury in the hall, was asked by Ashton about his firearm purchase in August of 2008. George replied that he had purchased the gun in order to get answers from people “I believed were involved with my granddaughter missing,” including friends of his daughter. George stated that he had hoped to use the gun to force them to answer at gunpoint, and that when law enforcement found out he had a gun, in violation of Casey’s bail restrictions, they took it from him.
When the jury was returned, George Anthony told them about the gun purchased to threaten Casey’s friends, that it was subsequently taken from him, and of his suicide attempt. When asked about his suicide attempt, Anthony stated he did not remember how much beer he had purchased, or exactly what pills he had taken that night.
During the afternoon session, George Anthony recounted that during the second search warrant issued on his home in December of 2008, he got angry and told Detective Allen and officers to leave, referring to them as “f--king minions.” George was sent outside during the search. Baez asked George if he had become aware he was also being investigated. Under cross-examination by the prosecution, George stated that this had occurred the day after his family had to deal with the news of Caylee’s body being officially identified.Continued on the next page