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.

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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.

Former Roommates Say Casey Anthony Partied While Daughter Was Missing

Three former roommates of Casey Anthony‘s ex-boyfriend all claim Casey moved in with him mid-June pretty much full-time and there was no sign of her missing daughter Caylee Anthony afterwards. The defense team for Casey Anthony is now claiming that 2-year-old Caylee Anthony drowned in the Anthony family pool on June 16, 2008 and was never ‘missing’ at all — despite her mother’s previous claims.

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A girlfriend of one of the former roommates testified that Casey Anthony was partying and participated in a ‘hot body contest’ at a club during the time Caylee had vanished. One of the ex-roommates of Anthony’s boyfriend, Nathan Lezniewicz, said he never saw any indication Casey Anthony was upset or sad during the time Caylee was missing.

Former roommate Roy House testified that after Anthony started staying regularly with then boyfriend Anthony Lazzaro, he stopped seeing Caylee around. When asked where Caylee was, House said Anthony would say the little girl was “with the nanny” but would not give the name of the babysitter.

Casey Anthony originally claimed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony was kidnapped by her babysitter. Anthony’s defense attorney, Jose Baez, has now told the court that Caylee drowned accidentally in her grandparents swimming pool. He also claims Casey’s father, George Anthony, helped in covering up the toddler’s death and molested Casey as a child — both allegations he vehemently denies.

George Anthony Reported Missing, Suicidal: Video

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Orlando media sources are reporting that a despondent George Anthony, father of indicted-for-murder Casey Anthony, was reported missing early this morning after threatening suicide. He was later found at a Daytona Beach motel.

The Anthonys’ attorney, Brad Conway, said George was okay. He was taken into custody under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows the state to hold people involuntarily pending a psychiatric evaluation. (This is similar to California’s “5150” hold that allowed doctors to commit Britney Spears.) George’s 5-page suicide letter said he wanted to end his life, and go to be with Caylee.

The lead investigator in the case and several Orange County sheriff’s deputies responded to the house of George and Cindy Anthony late Thursday night. His family had grown increasingly concerned when George missed a scheduled meeting Thursday afternoon.

Sheriff’s officials and Conway said George left his home early Thursday morning and hadn’t been seen since. He reportedly took family pictures and prescription medications with him. Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said George sent what were described as “disturbing” text messages to family members. Chief Chitwood’s interview is here.

“He had text-messaged family members that he wanted to end his life,” Chitwood said. “George is okay, thank God,” Conway said. “Had it not been for a cooperative effort between Orange County and Volusia County, I don’t know what the outcome would have been. George is now safe.”

George was found in Daytona Beach at the Hawaii Motel. Deputies used GPS and signals from George’s cell phone to track his car (watch raw video here). The suicide note was found inside his car.

“When they arrived on the scene, George was talking to them and was fine,” said Conway. “We’re having him checked out to be sure.” George was taken to Halifax Medical Center for observation. He could be held involuntarily for up to 72 hours.

George, wife Cindy, and their son Lee Anthony are facing possible criminal indictment charges, for obstruction of justice in the Casey Anthony case. George and Cindy’s granddaughter, Caylee Anthony was murdered, and her remains were found in December just yards away from the Anthony home in Orlando. Their daughter Casey is charged with her murder and is awaiting trial in the Orange County Jail.

Caylee Anthony still has not been buried, and her remains are currently in a cardboard box at an Orlando funeral home. Horrible. It seems all of the incredible stress and grief got to George and he snapped.

Caylee Anthony’s Remains Likely Found: Updates



Update: 2:28pm ET 12/12/08
Casey Anthony’s defense team says that Orange County Sheriff’s department has told them they are confident that the remains found yesterday ARE Caylee Anthony’s. The medical examiner has said there was evidence found that lets them already make a tentative ID that it is Caylee. There are reports that the child may have suffered a broken neck. Casey Anthony is reportedly still having panic attacks and is hysterical. Good. Should be good entertainment for the jail guards. It won’t, however, help any attempt at an insanity defense. She has nothing to bargain with now. Prosecutors may put the death penalty back on the table.

Update 7:18 ET12/12/08: Investigators took 7 huge bags full of stuff from the Anthony home, 2 vacuum cleaners, and several other items. The vacuum cleaners suggest the investigators are looking for fiber evidence to match what was found yesterday. The Anthonys are free to come back to their home now, although it isn’t certain that they will. It is still a media circus outside their home. Forensic scientists will be looking for any signs of intentional harm to Caylee, and the reports that the skull found had duct tape across it’s mouth is NOT a good sign.


Update 10:31 ET:
Crime scene tape is being placed around the Anthony home right now. The authorities just rolled up, hopped out, and began taping everything off around the house. Remember, cadaver dogs hit on Casey’s car, and in the back yard of the car. Police are guarding the entire property. Casey apparently had to take a sedative when she heard the news today. Shocker.

Update 7:20 pm ET: The black plastic bag found with the likely remains of Caylee Anthony is opaque, not able to be seen through. Tim Miller of Equusearch called off his first search for Caylee after he lost a 4-wheeler in this exact area to the mud and water. He feared that searchers would damage or destroy any possible evidence that might have been in the water. What a great call by Tim Miller.

Update 5:50 pm ET: Judge Andrew Napolitano says that the application for the search warrant tells him that the bag of bones was probably NOT where it was found today, when prior searches of the area took place. He says this could mean there were accomplices to the crime, and that this could be why the search warrant has been issued for the Anthony’s house. He admits this is a theory based upon his reading of the warrant application. I tend to disagree with the Judge, this is an area with a gazillion water-areas, the bag is rumored to have clothes in it, and could have been submerged for months. Why would someone else take Caylee, kill Caylee, and then dump her body just several doors down from her house? Also, remember, there is soil from the shovel that is involved in this case. The soil can be compared to the soil at the scene where the evidence was found.

Also, Jose Baez has just reached his office, and reporters are waiting to question him. It appears that the neighborhood is not being blocked off completely, as people from all over have descended upon the area around the Anthony home.

Update 4:45 pm ET: George and Cindy Anthony have just been escorted off of their plane by police. They will be leaving Orlando International Airport in a police escort, will not be going to their house, and will be going to an undisclosed location, possibly the Sheriff’s office. According to the Anthony’s spokesperson, Michelle Bart, they will not be returning to their home for at least the next 48 hours.

Update 4:15pm ET: Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez has just filed an emergency motion with the court to preserve any forensic evidence in this case. This is a strong indication that Baez believes the remains found today are those of Caylee Anthony. These motions are normally granted, and prevent any type of forensic testing that would destroy the evidence, however since this is going to the FBI lab, it is unlikely that they are going to allow outside forensic people in there, or to handle evidence. There will be a hearing tomorrow at 10 am ET on this motion.

Snarkfood has been reporting all day on the remains found very near the home of the Anthony family, that are almost certainly those of little Caylee Anthony. Casey Anthony, Caylee’s mother, has been charged in her murder, and is currently in jail awaiting trial. You can read our earlier, detailed report at the story linked here.

It is rainy now in the area, and currently the authorities are removing the remains and other evidence from the scene so close to the home Caylee grew up in. The remains are reportedly being sent to the FBI lab in Quantico, Virginia. The Anthony house is in complete lockdown, with no one being allowed inside except authorities. A search warrant has been executed for a complete search of the home.

Search warrants must be VERY specific. This means that something they’ve found today has triggered the need to search the house. They’ll be looking for tape, garbage bags, clothes… all types of evidence they may be able to match to the remains and other evidence found this morning. They may look for shoes that could match footprints found at the scene.

Fox News Orlando says that there will probably be a bulldozer brought in to the scene as well, because this part of the area has at times been underwater, and some evidence may now be IN the ground. Orlando Sheriff Kevin Beary says they will be searching the ENTIRE area, that they will take their time, and that there will be:

“No mistakes. The remains have been taken to the medical examiner’s office, they are securing the Anthony home and the crime scene, and will be out there all night long. The fact that the remains are of a small female child makes us think we may have Caylee, but there is a lot of work left to do.” He says that if anyone tries to come into the scene and mess around, they will be going straight to jail.

Continue reading Caylee Anthony’s Remains Likely Found: Updates

Bombshell Discovery Documents Just Released In Casey Anthony Murder Case

UPDATE 11/07/08: Investigators Release Audio Interview Of George Anthony Testifying To Car Smell; Physically Ill- Listen Here It is highly unusual for audio discovery to be released to the general public in a murder case. Today, however, investigators released this shocking audio interview with George Anthony that is incredibly revealing.

Over 500 pages of shocking discovery documents in the Casey Anthony case, where Casey has been charged with the murder of her 3 year old daughter Caylee, were released by the Florida State Attorney’s office today. Among the stunning revelations are that when sheriff’s investigators questioned Casey’s father George nine days after Caylee was reported missing, George told them he had “bad vibes” the very first day he got his car back and smelled the smell in the trunk. The smell, he said as a former law enforcement officer, he knows and would never forget. George told investigators, “I don’t want to believe that I have, have raised someone and brought someone in this world that could do something to another person. I don’t want to believe that.” He also told them, “I, I, I believe that there’s someone dead back there and I hate to say the word human. Um, I hate to say that.”

Casey brags in the documents that authorities “won’t break her”, and that psychological tests given to her show that she is “mentally sound”. Brainiac! There goes any insanity defense! Mark Nejame, family spokesman, (who is currently getting torn a new one on Nancy Grace), allows that the Anthonys knew these docs would be coming out, and that this is the hell the family has been living. Now, he says, that the Anthonys are now joining with Texas Equusearch’s efforts to find Caylee’s remains.

The Attorney’s office released new interviews not previously seen by the public, including George and Cindy returning home to find their pool ladder leaning up against the pool. They had an argument about it, because they intentionally didn’t leave it that way because of Caylee. Also, Cindy Anthony met her husband George when he drove up the night Caylee was discovered missing, and said “We lost her”. “Who?” said George. “Caylee. We lost Caylee.”

George describes walking up to Casey’s car when it was in the impound lot and praying that he wouldn’t see find Caylee in the trunk of the car. He said when the trunk was opened, he saw a trash bag, and a basketball sized, not perfectly round stain.

Casey bragged to Department of Children’s Services workers who visited her to go over the allegations of maltreatment, inadequate supervision and threatened harm that were reported to DCF. Casey told them 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 incredibly tells the DCF that she wants to have a new vocation: finding missing children. The DCF report says that the office feels that “Caylee is critically at risk.”

Casey’s father George told investigators that “Casey lives on the edge, lies, and then piles on more. She’s very good with the computer.” WTF TV in Florida is claiming that IF Caylee is dead, it was an accident, and probably an overdose by a sedative. Like chloroform?!

Read Excerpts From The Discovery Documents Here

Read Excerpts From the DCF Report Here

Casey Anthony: Authorities Release Hundreds MORE Pages Of Discovery

* UPDATE: Casey Anthony Sentenced to 4 Years Minus Time Served: Jurors Felt Sick Over Verdict


Casey Anthony draped in an American Flag at a “No Clothes” party

Orange County Investigators released hundreds MORE documents and media on Friday related to the Casey Anthony case. Casey is the mother of missing 3 year old Caylee Anthony, and is the only person of interest in her disappearance. Among the items released Friday were DVD’s, CD’s and pages and pages of evidence. The information included a taped interview with mom Cindy Anthony, audio interviews with dad George Anthony and many others, photographs, text message and instant messages.

The DVD includes a conversation with Cindy Anthony, Caylee’s grandmother, had with investigators on July 31st. Caylee had been reported missing 16 days earlier and Casey was still in jail. Cindy talked with detectives about who she thought was involved in her granddaughter’s disappearance. Here’s a link to the first part of Cindy’s video interview with authorities, and here is the second part of the video interview.

Interviews with many of Casey’s boyfriends, friends and casual acquaintances are here as well. There are salacious Instant Messages between Casey and one “boyfriend”, Anthony Rusciano, whose IM name was nyitaliano3. They detail not only Casey’s desire to party instead of take care of Caylee, but also give a picture of how Casey just led people on and lied to them time after time. The interviews with Anthony and many others are broken down by person, and can be read here. The videos can also be seen at this link. More of Casey’s text messages can be seen here.

The interview with Simon Burch, supervisor of the tow-lot that towed in the car which Casey abandoned, is very telling. He discusses in detail what happened when parents George and Cindy Anthony came to pick up the car, and the overwhelming odor it had. It was the odor of death that has also been spoken of by Cindy and Casey’s brother Lee. It’s difficult to wade through the hundreds and hundreds of documents released by the authorities, so this is an easier way to read and watch some of the pertinent evidence the investigators have.

Party girl, pathological liar, text addict. The picture of who Casey Anthony really is becomes clearer as one reads through these interviews. Casey’s relationships are, for the most part, quite superficial. She always seems to have at least one guy that she’s using, and has another one lined up to come after him.

Casey’s been in and out of jail 3 times now, and has been charged with economic crimes due to passing checks stolen from her friend Amy. She’s looking at around 70 years in jail for these crimes, if convicted. Snarkista hopes that officials can get to the bottom of what happened to little Caylee, and if Casey’s guilty- as it seems she may be, is finally charged with murder.
HERE IS WHERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO INTERVIEWS RELEASED THURSDAY.

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