Casey Anthony Murder Trial Halted by Caylee Anthony Paternity Question

The Casey Anthony murder trial ground to a sudden stop on Thursday after lead defense attorney Jose Baez questioned whether the defendent’s brother, Lee Anthony might be the father of her deceased 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

Casey Anthony (ABC News)

FBI expert Heather Seubert was asked by the judge if she had done a paternity test to eliminate Lee Anthony as the father of Caylee Anthony. The prosecution protested the line of questioning and Judge Belvin Perry called a halt to the proceedings and dismissed the jury to go to lunch.

After the jury exited the court room, attorneys on both sides began arguing over whether the question of Caylee Anthony’s paternity was appropriate. FBI expert Heather Seubert reported to the judge that both Casey Anthony’s brother and her father, George Anthony, had been elimated the possible father of Caylee Anthony. So far, the father of Caylee Anthony remains a mystery.

Judge Perry warned Baez “not to ask questions that will lead to an inference… I’m not even going to venture a guess… as to your motivation.” When the jury returned, they were informed that Lee Anthony’s paternity test was negative, although they were not told that George Anthony’s was also negative. Most of the rest of the day’s testimony focused on details of the physical evidence found at the scene where Caylee Anthony’s body was found.

Anthony has been accused of murdering the 2-year-old toddler, hiding Caylee Anthony’s body in the trunk of her car and then dumping the body in a wooded area near her home.

Casey Anthony’s defense team argues that Caylee Anthony drowned by accident in the family pool. They claim that after the accidental death, Casey Anthony hid the child’s death as a way to ‘cope’ after suffering years of sexual abuse by her father and brother. George Anthony has repeatedly denied that his daughter suffered any kind of abuse at his or her brother’s hands.

The FBI Gave Lee Anthony A Paternity Test

Lee Anthony, Casey Anthony’s brother, was ordered to undergo a paternity test to ascertain whether or not he was actually the father of his niece, Caylee Marie Anthony. Although rumors have run rampant on the ‘net that Lee was Caylee’s biological father, it had all been purely speculative.

Last night Nancy Grace reported that buried deep in the FBI files were paternity documents on Lee Anthony that proved that authorities must have wondered if he might have been Caylee Anthony’s father as well. After Lee’s creepy “C.M.A.” performance at Caylee’s memorial service, well, we were ALL wondering.

The paternity test was part of a search warrant issued against Lee Anthony and may have come after Casey Anthony had told the FBI that her brother had acted inappropriately toward her on several occasions. Casey Anthony told the FBI that the incidents had taken place over an extended period of time. The time-frame apparently concerned the FBI enough for them to conduct a paternity test on Lee.

The testimonies of Casey Anthony’s former fiance, Jesse Grund, and her then current boyfriend, Anthony Lazzaro that she had confided to them that her brother had made sexual advances toward her in the past.

The documents, which were released as part of the discovery documents, showed that Lee Anthony was not the biological father. The FBI paternity test had come back negative. Anthony has stated on more than one occasion that he did not know who the father of Caylee Anthony was.

The Casey Anthony soap opera deepened tonight, when it was revealed that Casey “confessed” in her diary that she killed Caylee as a “mercy killing” to keep Caylee away from her grandmother Cindy Anthony. This is one twisted-up family.