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CAYLEE ANTHONY - CASEY ANTHONY - PRE-TRIAL & TRIAL & VERDICT

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May 30 11 5:05 PM

WITNESS: Matthew Crisp
 
Testimony:
 
Matthew Crisp (24), wors in Residential Property Management.
He's known Casey Anthony since 2002.
 
He met up with Casey Anthony on June 17, 2008.
Casey told him that Caylee was "in Sanford." She didn't tell him that
Caylee was missing or in trouble. She was "joyful and exuberant."
 
Crisp also received a text message saying Caylee was missing. He
called authorities.
 
 DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION
Attorney Mason
"Do you know how this child died?"
 
Matthew Crisp
"I do not."
 

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May 30 11 5:26 PM

WITNESS: Jamie Realander
 
Testimony:
 
Jamie Realander (22) is a Hotel worker in Indiana where she will be residing.
In 2008 she lived in Orlando and went to school at Valencia. While in Orlando
she worked at a Golf Club at Shingle Creek.
 
She worked as a "shot girl" at the Fusion night club, which is a
Sushi restaurant by day, a nightclub by night.
 
 EVIDENCE: Party photo of Jamie and Casey Anthony and others on
                   stage partying.
 
 
Jamie Realander identifies the photo. Jamie is wearing a white bra, black
tank top, and white shorts. Casey Anthony wasn't working but was partying.
 
While working at Fusion, there was a large group of people and one person
tried grabbing a shot girl. As a result, Casey would look out for her and
the other "shot girls."
 
Casey was nice to her, and treated her with respect. Casey was considered
like a "big sister" to the other shot girls

Realander stated that she never saw Casey outside of the Fusion

nightclub.
  
Casey Anthony invited Jamie "to Caylee's birthday party the next month."
 
 
DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION
 
Jamie had one phone call with Casey and then received a text from that
phone number asking for help in finding Caylee.
 
The defense asks whether she knows what happened on June 16, 2008.
 
Jamie Realander
"I don't know."

 

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May 30 11 5:38 PM

WITNESS: Erica Gonzalez (worked as a "Shot girl" at Fusion)
 
Testimony:
 
 
Casey Anthony "oversaw the shot girls." She would tell them what to
wear, and protect them. She was like our "manager."
 
Casey Anthony told her Gonzalez that she worked at "Islands of
Adventure."
 
Erica knew who Casey was dating, but not where she was residing.
 
Erica Gonzalez
"She was normal. She was like us. She had a great time, treated
everyone with kindness, she was always happy."
 
She never saw Casey get drunk.
 
Gonzalez knew Casey had a daughter. Casey never told her that the child
was kidnapped, missing or in danger.
 
Once she heard that Caylee was missing she texted Casey to ask if she
could help, she would be glad to help in any way. Casey texted back and
thanked her.
 
DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION
Jose Baez
 
 Erica Gonzalez does not know how Caylee died.
 
  

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May 30 11 5:54 PM

WITNESS: Brian Burner (Neighbor to George & Cindy Anthony)
 
Defense objects - the witness testimony is irrelevant, the shovel is
misleading. Filed a motion in limine.
 
Judge Perry: Overruled.
 
Testimony:
 
Brian Burner is a Truck Driver for more than 20 years. His house
is one house south, but immediately next to, the Anthony home
on Hopespring Dr.
 
He was home doing yard work on June 18, 2008.
 
Around 1:30 p.m. Burner saw Casey Anthony's Pontiac Sunfire being
backed into the garage. That was the first time he'd ever seen the car
backed into the Anthony's garage.
 
Casey Anthony came over to him, asked if she could borrow a shovel
to "dig up a bamboo root."
 
Casey had never asked to borrow a shovel before.
 
EVIDENCE: Photo of Burner's garage where the shovel was stored.
 
Burner identifies the photo is of his garage and the shovel in particular.
He obtained the shovel and gave it to Casey. She went back into
her garage.
 
Burner looked to see if Casey Anthony was done with the shovel, but he
didn't see her.
 
Casey Anthony never said Caylee was missing or mentioned any problems.
  
About an hour after borrowing it, Casey returned the shovel.
She appeared normal. She knowned on the door and returned it.
He didn't notice anything different about her. She wasn't sweaty
and the shovel wasn't muddy.
 
 
June 19 or 20, 2008  Burner again saw Casey's car during the afternoon,
backed into the garage. He doesn't know how long it was there.
 
 DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION
Jose Baez
 
Brian Burner is asked about his interview with Cpl. Eric Edwards at
Orange County Sherriff's Office. Baez shows Burner a prior statement
he had made to refresh his memory over the dates.
 
  SIDEBAR
 
Jose Baez is intimating that Brian Burner only came forward because
of the media being camped out front of the Anthony house.
 
 

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May 30 11 6:20 PM

DEFENSE REQUESTS A MISTRIAL
 
Defense requests a Mistrial, claims the prosecution are "significantly
prejudiced. The state is focusing on character and character assassination,
bringing in former boyfriends etc.. Limiting the defense hurts the defense.
 
The State filed a Motion in Limine requesting that Jose Baez be limited
in types of questions that the defense can ask during cross examination.
 
Judge Perry
Mr. Baez ... How many times have you asked if Casey Anthony is a
quote "good mother'?"
 
 The State's Motion in Limine is granted.
 The motion for mistrial will be denied...anything else folks?"
 
  WITNESS: Mallory Parker (Fiance of Lee Anthony)
 
Testimony:
 
Mallory Parker (27), works as a Customer Service Representative.
She is engaged to Lee Anthony.
 
In 2008, she wasn't as close to George & Cindy Anthony as she is now.
 
She accompanied Lee downtown while searching for Casey Anthony.
She would text Casey, sometimes Casey would respond. Lee was
frustrated. 
 
Mallory asked Casey to get together with the family. Casey said "she'd try."

Mallory thinks the love Casey had for her daughter Caylee was a special bond,
their relationship was "amazing."

(*Witness crying on the stand)
 

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May 30 11 6:42 PM

WITNESS: William Waters
 
Testimony:
 
William Waters (32), is currently an unemployed Engineer. He previousl
worked on rail projects.

2008 - he was working with Amy Huzienga at Houlihan's.
Both Casey and Amy decorated his house for a 4th of July party.
He let Casey "take care" of his home for the day so nothing would
get stolen. They were in Amy's car.

Casey never told him Caylee was missing.

State puts into evidence a photograph.
Defense Objects.
SIDEBAR
 
Judge Perry: Overruled.

EVIDENCE: A photograph from the 4th of July, 2008, showing Casey
                   Anthony drinking beer at  Lake Eola at a party before
                   the 4th of July party at his house.

Waters identifies the photograph.
During the fireworks, Casey told Waters that she had a daughter.
Casey's mood was "happy and carefree at the party."

Casey was angry during the party. She was speaking to Tony Lazzaro
on the phone during the fireworks.  Afterwards she said Tony was
speaking of "moving back to New York."  Casey didn't want him to
move away.
 
The party ended around 1:30 - 2:00 a.m.
Casey and Waters exchanged phone numbers. The two of them made plans
to go to IKEA the next day.
 
William Waters
"Casey Anthony is very convincing."
 
He was under the impression that Casey Anthony was buying a house
and that a live in Nanny would be there as well.
 
Waters and Casey made plans to go on a I-Drive for a helicopter ride, but
Casey Anthony never showed up. Casey told him she was "tied up",
 "having problems with a Nanaw (grandmother).

William Waters never saw Casey Anthony after July 5, 2008.

*In court - The witness never looked at the defendant, Casey.
   

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May 30 11 7:14 PM

                         VIDEO EVIDENCE
 
Defense objects to surveillance video evidence.
Prosecutor Burdick "The videos do not show Casey Anthony's mood, but
her actions and are therefore relevant. She was NOT looking for Caylee.
 
Judge Perry: The state's evidence does not show a lack of remores, but
Casey Anthony's demeanor.
 
The state and defense have entered into several stipulations regarding
 video evidence.
 
Judge Perry reads to the jurors (before each video is shown) where the video
is from, the date, and "what you see is a real representation."
 
Surveillance Videos of Casey Anthony from June 30 - July 5, 2008,
shopping at Target, Ikea, JC Pennys, and Target again; also video
of Casey Anthony cashing checks at Bank of America.
 
EVIDENCE: Surveillance Videos
 
June 30, 2008 - J.C. Penny- Casey Anthony is shown shopping for clothing.
                       Casey Anthony is seen at the check out register.
 
July 5, 2008 - Target Store - Casey Anthony shopping, and at the check
                     out register.
 
July 8, 2008 - Target Store - Casey Anthony is with Amy Huzienga.
                     Amy charges her purchase, Casey pays with cash.

                      IKEA - Casey Anthony shopping.
 
July 10, 2008 - Target Store - Casey Anthony shown walking into the store, pushing

                      a cart and at the check out register. Casey Anthony writes a check
                      for her purchases. Shoes, a shirt, 6 plus bags, as well as beer.
                     
                      Defense objected earlier to the "beer." State "Casey was over 21."
 
 
**CFNews 13 "The videos also show that there were no items purchased for Caylee,
and in some cases that Amy's stolen checks or Cindy's credit card were used
to pay for the items. The jurors are riveted..

July 15, 2008 - Winn Dixie - (a grocery store)

July 15, 2008 - Bank of America - Casey Anthony cashing a check.
         
CFNews13 : Casey Anthony is cashing one of Amy's checks on her way to pick
                   up Amy from the airport.

July 15, 2008 - Blockbuster Video - Casey Anthony checks out video(s). 

**CFNews13: "It is COMPLETELY SILENT in this courtroom as these videos play."
                     "jurors are staring @ the video screens. You could hear a pin drop in
                      here."
 

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May 30 11 7:35 PM

 WITNESS: Catherine Sanchez (District Manager for Amscot Financial)

Testimony:

2008 - Catherine Sanchez worked at an Amscot where Casey Anthony's car
          was found abandoned.
 
Sanchez verifies photos of Amscot. She markes the location Casey's car
was parked, and which direction it was facing. It was backed into the parking
space next to a dumpster.
 
She looked inside the windows.
Since it was parked next to the dumpster, she didn't notice if a smell was
coming from the vehicle. Local restaurants throw food in there, so there's
always a bad smell so if there was a smell, she would have assumed it
was from the dumpster.
 
DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION
Jose Baez
 
Catherine Sanchez
She called the towing company on June 30, 2008. Two days prior to the 30th,
she obtained the tag number off of the vehicle. She didn't notice an odor then.
 
 

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Jun 9 11 9:46 PM

WITNESS: Simon Birch (Former Manager of Johnson's Wrecker - a towing company)

Testimony:

Simon Birch lives in Madison, Wisconsin. 
 He used to live in Orlando, Florida and was employed as the Manager of
 Johnson's wrecker (towing company)

Birch explained to the jury how a towing company operates; where the vehicles
are parked; what happens if a car is sold or destroyed; how they notify registered
owners; the layout of the towing company property; and that the office has
bullet proof glass at their customer service window.

Simon Birch
"People are never happy when they come to a tow yard to pick up their vehicle."
 
Vehicles are segregated in the lot by the department that had it towed.

 Birch pays attention to vehicles that are left at the towing yard after 3-4 days.
He is not permitted to enter the vehicles, but can assess or evaluate them.
 
 June 30 - 2008 - He towed Casey's car to Johnson's Wrecker yard
 
Birch shows the jury on a google image of the towing yard where Casey Anthony's
vehicle was placed in the yard.
 
Simon Birch
"The vehicle was not moved while it was in the yard."
 
Birch evaluated the vehicle and as he was checking it over, he noticed
a "strong odor" coming from the vehicle. The car had been on the lot
for 4 - 5 days.

Simon Birch
 "Instant flash in my mind  was "woah", i know what that smell is."
 "It was an odor consistent with what I smelled in the past with decomposition."
"I know what that smells like. Human decomp is "a very, very unique and
distinctive smell."  

Birch previously worked in Waste Management and has "smelled a 
lot of odors."  Cars with groceries have sat on the lot for days or
weeks."
 
 
"I can tell the difference between garbage and dead body."
 
Birch testified that he "glanced into the car, blocking the sun, but could not see
anything that would generate such a smell, so there was nothing more he could
do."
  
 When the Anthony's arrived, he spoke to Cindy Anthony, who was upset.

Simon Birch
"Definitely agitated about the situation, which is pretty normal."
 
SIDEBAR

Birch testified that he did not comment on the odor of the vehicle to
the Anthony's because they had told him that their granddaughter was
missing, their daughter wouldn't tell them where she was, and he didn't
want to upset them.
 
George apologized for Cindy's reaction.
 
George Anthony accompanied Simon Birch to the car and when the door
was open, the smell came out "very potent, eye opening."
The vehicle would not start. George Anthony went to his vehicle to retrieve
gas he'd brought with him.

Simon Birch
"I remember it (gas can) because it was one of the old ones."
"It was old and metal and had "seen better days."

He did not notice if there was any duct tape on the gas can.
At this point only the front door to the vehicle was open.

Birch testified that he saw nothing to explain the smell of decomposition
in the vehicle.

The two men opened the trunk and the odor was stronger. A few flies
flew out. There was a white kitchen garbage bag inside the trunk.

 Birch told George Anthony that he could throw the bag into the company's
dumpster.
 
Simon Birch
"The bag was light. I could tell there was a pizza box and papers in the
bag. I threw it over the fence with my left hand."
 
 
 DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION
 Jose Baez
 
Birch testified that he and George Anthony did not talk about where
the smell was coming from.
 
After filling the tank with gas, George Anthony started the car and drove
out of the towing  yard.
 
Jose Baez asked Simon Birch if he would ever "obstruct justice."
Simon Birch "No."

 
Birch testifies that he's towed hundreds of garbage trucks, he feels his
experience shows he can tell the difference between garbage versus
decomposition.
 

When he saw the Anthony's on television, he figured the bag might
be important. He couldn't find the bag in the dumpster and called the
investigators.
 
 
 

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#50 [url]

Jun 10 11 6:34 AM

That testimony is a travesty in a court of law where a person is on trial for her life. Human decomposition does not have a "a very, very unique and distinctive smell". It smells exactly like any other decaying creature and there is no way a common Joe can tell the difference between the smell of a dead dog and the unthinkable.

This is not evidence and shouldn't have been anywhere near a court room. Even so called "scent evidence" from a trained police dog isn't admissible and the dogs sense of smell is way superior to that of a human truck driver...

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Jun 12 11 5:55 AM

I disagree. Chief Judge Perry has been extremely careful regarding testimony from
witnesses. It is up to the jury to judge and weigh the tow operators testimony. From
his long employment history dealing with refuse and experience with finding dead
bodies in vehicles, you might say he has had "on the job" training in both types of
odors. It's his opinion as to how human decomposition smells.

Given that official witnesses, ie..police, investigators and pathologists etc, have
followed this witness on the stand, testifying as to how human decomposition
odor smells differently from animal decomposition, I'd say his testimony is
no different from theirs regarding his opinion of the smell.

Testimony from trained police dog handlers is allowed into testimony in courtrooms
and has been in this case as well. Dogs have been used in recovery of bodies in
many countries where there have been mass killings, disasters, and in our own
after 911.

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Jun 12 11 11:19 AM

WITNESS: Anthony "Tony" Lazzaro (former boyfriend of Casey Anthony)

Testimony:

Anthony Lazzaro (24) resides in Long Island, New York and is employed
at Best Buy and also interning at a record label.

From 2007-2009 he lived in Orlando, FL. and attended Full Sail University,
graudating with a degree in Music Business. His residence at that time
was at Sutton Place of University Blvd. He shared the apartment with a
roommate, Cameron Campena. Later they allowed Clint House and Nathan
Lezniewicz (friends) to live in the apartment without paying rent. He and his
roomates had the same computer. Lazzaro owns a '97 Jeep Grand Cherokee.
 
While attending Full Sail, Lazzaro had a schedule of class from 9 a.m - 1 p.m.
and an evening lab. The school encouraged students to conduct various
projects with each other. Lazzaro did "DJ'ing," including at Fusion.
He and Clint House decided to start up a DJ company and do promotions.
They approached the Fusion owner about doing promotions.

                        MEETING CASEY ANTHONY VIA FACEBOOK

Lazzaro testified that he was looking through Facebook for people in the local
area and found Casey Anthony's photo.

Tony Lazzaro
"I thought "she looks cool" and "friended" her.
"I knew she had a child when I met her through Facebook. I didn't
remember the name but knew she was a toddler"
 
Lazzaro explains to the jury about a "Facebook Event," a birthday party
he organized for a friend.

                                   MEETING IN PERSON
 
May 2008 - He first met Casey Anthony in person after inviting her through
                 a "mass Facebook invitation" to all their Facebook "Friends" to
                 the birthday party. Casey Anthony responded.

                 At the party he also met Amy Huizenga, Casey's friend.

Tony Lazzaro
"I thought she was a pretty girl. We hit it off."

They made plans to meet again. He invited her to a pool party which
Casey attended. She drove a white Pontiac.

Afterwards they would meet often.

June 2, 2008 - The first time Casey visited Lazzaro's apartment, she
                     brought Caylee with her.

Tony Lazzaro
"She brought her daughter over and went down to the pool."


June 4 - 2008 - Troy Brown's birthday party was held at Club Voyage in 
                        Orlando. Casey drove him and others in her car. 

Early May - June 2008 - Casey would visit his apartment a couple
                                    of times a week. She did not stay overnight.

Casey "told him a little about her dad George, but said nothing about her
mother Cindy."

                                   CAYLEE ANTHONY

Caylee never spent the night at his apartment. He and the other guys
didn't think it an appropriate place for her to be.

He saw Caylee a couple of times at his apartment and at the Millenia Mall.

The last time he saw Caylee was at the Millenia Mall. Casey drove there with
Caylee in Casey's car. Lazzaro was there to promote an event for a bar and
was handing out flyers. Casey and Caylee went elsewhere in the mall.
They met up later and ate at the Cheesecake Factory.

Casey drove him back to his apartment. He never saw Caylee again.
 
Lazzaro was asked about "Zanny the Nanny."

OBJECTION
SIDEBAR
RECESS   
 
SIDEBAR

When they first met Casey told him about her babysitter "Zanny."
She didn't tell him much about her. He didn't remember if she
told him how much she paid the babysitter.

Tony Lazzaro
"Casey told me "Zanny" the babysitter, or her mother took care of Caylee
when she worked."
 
 He often saw Casey wearing a Universal Badge with her photo on it.

Casey told Lazzaro she worked at Universal Studios as an "Event Planner."

Tony Lazzaro
"I thought she worked at Universal as an Event Planner."
She told me about specific people at her job. There was a "Jeff" and
I can't remember the girls' names. I don't remember if she complained
about her job."
 
June 13, 2008 -  Lazzaro was conducting a Hip-Hop Showcase at Fusian
                         Nightclub. That was the first time Casey was there with
                         them.

EVIDENCE: Photograph of Tony Lazzaro and Casey Anthony at Fusion
                  on 13 June 2008.

Prosecution asks Tony Lazzaro to identify a photograph of that evening.

OBJECTION
SIDEBAR
OVERRULED
 
The photo is introduced to Lazzaro and he confirms it is a photograph of
he and Casey that evening, on that date at Fusion. That night Casey returned
with him to his apartment stayed with him.
 
The showcase was a success. He had a few more bookings scheduled.
 
Mid - late June 2008 - Casey starting staying at his apartment often.


                                  CRITICAL TIMELINE
 
June 16, 2008 - He and Casey were together about 6:30 to 7:00 in the
                         evening. He'd talked to her earlier on the phone, did not
                         remember if he texted her.

Casey spent the night with him.

He didn't remember if she brought a suitcase. Other than a book that
was perhaps Caylee's, there wasn't anything else belonging to the child
in the apartment.

EVIDENCE: Blockbuster Video surveillance & still photos of same.

Chief Judge Perry reads a stipulation into the record. Both sides agree that
the Blockbuster Videos and still photographs are true and accurate.

Tony Lazzaro identified himself and Casey Anthony in the Blockbuster
surveillance video/photographs. They are looking for a movie. He has
his arm around her.

Tony Lazzaro
"Her attitude was the same as always."
 
He did not remember Casey telephoning anyone that night.
 
June 17, 2008 - Tony testified that he played "hookie," skipping school.
 
Tony Lazzaro
"It was a new relationship and things were going well. I cared for her.
We didn't have any disagreements or fights." We weren't sharing
secrets."

I'd rather have spent the day with Casey than go to class."
 
"From that point on, Casey stayed with me every night."
 
"She wasn't acting differently.
 
"Casey was always happy. Always happy to see me."
 
 "She never told me anything was wrong with her or her daughter."

 Tony and Casey spent the day in his bedroom.
 
June 18, 2008 - Tony Lazzaro went to class. Casey was to "go to work" or
                       "go see Caylee."
 
 
June 19, 2008 - Tony Lazzaro's lease was ending in August. The 19th
                         he and Casey went to look at apartments at "Crane's
                         Landing." He, Nathan and his friend Brian were planning
                         on sharing the apartment. Casey didn't have any ID
                         on her, so she could not go in with him to look at the
                         apartments.

Casey told him that she and Amy were "going to get an apartment, or
her (Casey's) parent's house "soon."

June 20, 2008 - Lazzaro was at Fusion Nightclub for a Hip-Hop Showcase.
                        His job was to make sure that no-one bothered the bartenders.

 A "Hot Body" Contest was held. 

 EVIDENCE: Photograph of Casey Anthony in a blue dress with Clint House.
                   Photo was taken during the "Hot Body" contest.

Tony Lazzaro
"Casey said she wanted to participate in the Hot Body Contest."

OBJECTION
OVERRULED
 
The Hip-Hop Showcase was a success. Casey returned with Tony to his
apartment and stayed the night. Casey's demeanor wasn't any different
than usual.

                                   "RAN OUT OF GAS CALL 1"

June 23, 2008 -   Casey phoned saying "I've run out of gas."
                         She wanted him to pick her up. He did.

Casey Anthony had a backpack and was walking down the street when he
picked her up. He drove her to her parent's house. 

Casey used a keypad and opened the garage door. There were no other cars
present. He didn't go inside the home. They went through the garage into the
back yard, to a locked shed.
 
 
Tony Lazzaro
"She said she didn't have a key so we had to break the lock with a tire iron."
 "I was concerned, but Casey told me it was "Ok."

Lazzaro obtained a tire iron from his jeep and broke the lock. Casey took two
two cans from the shed and he placed them into his jeep. He drove Casey back
to her car. He saw Casey put the two gas cans in the car trunk. He couldn't
see inside the trunk when she opened it. They both drove back to his apartment.
There was no change in her demeanor.

                                    PHONE CALLS

Tony Lazzaro
"Casey would go outside to talk on the phone. I didn't know
who she was talking with, or what it was about."
 
"She would tell me she was calling the babysitter and take
the phone outside."
 
"Casey usually took calls from her mother outside.
I sometimes found that odd."
 
Her mood didn't usually change after her talks with her mom.
I didn't ask about the calls. It wasn't my business."
"She never discussed the calls with me."


                                   "RAN OUT OF GAS CALL 2"
 
June 26, 2008 -  Casey was with Tony at his apartment.
 
June 27, 2008 - Casey phoned, she'd run out of gas at Amscot (On Goldenrod).
                         He pulled up outside of Amscot in the parking lot. He did not
                         get out of his jeep. Casey was waiting outside of her car, she
                         had bags of groceries. Casey told him "her car "broke down"
                         and her dad "would take care of it."

He never saw the white Pontiac again.
                       
He drove them back to the apartment where they dropped off the groceries.

That evening they went to the Fashion Square Mall.

EVIDENCE: J.C. Penney's Video Surveillance showing Casey Anthony and
                  Tony Lazzaro. 
 
OBJECTION
OVERRULED


Lazzaro identified Casey and himself. He didn't purchase anything.

EVIDENCE: Photograph of Casey Anthony Fusion Nightclub, smiling, wearing
                  a black dress, and a long necklace. She is sitting on Tony Lazzaro's
                  lap.

OBJECTION
OVERRULED

Tony Lazzaro identifies himself and Casey in the photograph.

 Prosecutor Frank George asked a question about Casey Anthony's
weight.

Tony Lazzaro
"Oh, she's about 102 lbs."

In Court - Casey Anthony laughs.

June 30, 2008 - Tony Lazzaro was flying home to New York. He drove himself,
                        Casey and Cameron Campena to the airport in his jeep.
                        Casey was to drive his jeep back to his apartment.

                         He did not "lend" Casey his jeep."  They did not discuss
                         her using his vehicle.


 Prosecution asks Tony Lazzaro to point out Casey Anthony in the courtroom.
Tony Lazzaro points to Casey Anthony at the defense table and identifies her
as "wearing a blue blouse." 

DEFENSE CROSS EXAMINATION
Attorney Jose Baez

Jose Baez asked Tony Lazzaro if Casey Anthony was standing trial
for murder. The following litany of questions were asked of the witness.

"Did Casey talk about murdering anyone?"
"No, she didn't.

"Did Casey ever talk about hurting anyone?
"No, she didn't."

 
"Did she borrow any weapons, guns or duct tape..etc.. from anyone?"
"No, she didn't."
 
"Did she buy duct tape, guns, knives... etc... at JC Penny?
"No, she didn't.
 
"Did she buy duct tape, guns, knives... etc.. at Blockbuster?
"No, she didn't.
 
 
Tony Lazzaro

 "I had no issues about dating someone with a child."
"I saw Caylee 2 or 3 times. She was well taken care of.  I really liked Caylee."
 
June 2, 2008 - "Caylee really enjoyed the pool. Once Caylee got close to
                        the pool and Casey did what any mother would do and
                        raised her voice and tried to stop her."

Jose Baez
"Was there a time when Casey told you a "secret?"

OBJECTION - Hearsay
SUSTAINED
 
Baez argued that it was a statement by the defendant.
Chief Judge Perry "it was self-serving."
SUSTAINED

Tony Lazzaro co-operated with Law Enforcement.
He gave 5 statements to police.
He gave permission for LE to tap his phone.
He wore a wire when speaking/meeting with Lee Anthony
(brother of Casey Anthony).

Lazzaro testified that he never made any statements to the media;
never sold any photographs of Casey/Caylee; never made any money
from the case.

He did not aware that Casey had used his car. He did not give her permission
to use it.
 
SIDEBAR
 
Did you smell a stench from Casey's car when you picked her up?
(twice when she ran out of gas)
"No. I wasn't in the car."

"Did Casey tell you to stay away from her car?
"No, she didn't."

 
He was more than 2 feet from the trunk, but was next to Casey when she
poured the gas. He remembers her tossing the gas cans into the trunk.
He didn't see the lining of the trunk.

Baez asked the Judge if he could introduce a photograph rather than
have Lazzaro have to return to Florida.

OBJECTION
SIDEBAR

SUSTAINED

Baez asks to show Lazzaro a photograph of the Amscot where he
picked up Casey Anthony after her "car broke down."

Chief Judge Perry
"OK, but "I don't know where you're going."

Lazzaro is shown the photograph.
He testifies that he doesn't recall it (a gas station near Amscot) but
sees it in the photograph.

"Casey's car was parked "cock-eyed."

Tony Lazzaro
"Caylee could count to 40 in Spanish. She loved Dora the Exploer.
She'd have a book and a Teddy Bear with her."
"She was a great little girl."

"Casey was teaching her how to swim. I saw Casey and Caylee
laughing and playing together. Caylee would run to Casey."

 In court - Casey Anthony is crying."

 Baez
"Did Casey confide in you?
"Yes."

"Did Casey tell you a secret before she was arrested.
"Yes."
 
Was that secret shared before Casey got arrested?


OBJECTION
SIDEBAR

Out of the jury's presence
 
Defense Attorney Cheney Mason requests a mistrial.
"The defense objects to the "repetitive nature" of the State's questioning
with regard to Casey's demeanor in the month before Caylee Anthony
was reported missing."

Chief Judge Perry
DENIED

Tony Lazzaro testified before the Judge
June (late) - (early) July 2008 -  "Casey Anthony had told him her brother
Lee Anthony had "tried to "feel her up" on her chest when she was younger."

Baez
"Did she tell you about being sexually abused by her father, George Anthony?"

Tony Lazzaro
"No. I recall Casey saying that George "disciplined her, and that only consisted
of hitting her."

PROSECUTION REDIRECT
Prosecutor Ashton

Tony Lazzaro
"If Casey was going to confide in anyone, it would be me or
her parents."
 
June - July 2008 - His relationship with Casey grew quickly.
                            The two of them would talk until they passed
                            out from exhaustion.
                         
                            They told each other they loved one another.
 
                            "I am shocked by all that has happened."

Lazzaro is again asked about the gas cans.

Lazzaro stated that he'd told LE "over and over" that there was no smell from
her car. "I knew the car was a key part."
 
"I saw her open up the trunk. I could see the rubber lining. I couldn't

see into the trunk."
 
During Casey putting the gas from the second gas can into her car,
I walked to my car and closed the tailgate."

"The only thing I smelled was the strong odor from the gasoline in the can.
I didn't smell a foul odor coming from the trunk."

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Jun 13 11 6:13 AM



I disagree. Chief Judge Perry has been extremely careful regarding testimony from witnesses. It is up to the jury to judge and weigh the tow operators testimony.

-patsystone



   Which I will postulate that they can't possibly be expected to do because they lack any frame of reference. It would be the same as trying to explain the color "red" to a blind person. What the jury actually sees is a person who truly believes that he can identify the smell and thus is very convincing - in the same way that a person who truly believes that he is Napoleon can be utterly convincing. But while it's quite easy to establish visually whether a certain person is Napoleon or not the defense can do little to challenge this witness.
   The quality of a fingerprint can be determined by examining the number of arch's, loop's and whorl's, the quality of a DNA profile can be evaluated from the number of matching loci but how do you evaluate the quality of this "smell-idence"? On the positive side for the defense I think that Casey's chance for a successful appeal has increased significantly since the judge decided to allow this type of evidence.

 It's his opinion as to how human decomposition smells.Given that official witnesses, ie..police, investigators and pathologists etc, have followed this witness on the stand, testifying as to how human decomposition odor smells differently from animal decomposition, I'd say his testimony isno different from theirs regarding his opinion of the smell.

-patsystone



Though we don't like to think about it we are all made of the same kind of hamburger Patsy. You throw a corpse in the trunk of one car and a dead pig in the trunk of another and I guarantee you that not even the pathologist will be able to tell the difference from the smell alone.

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Jun 15 11 4:16 PM

As individuals or collectively, the jury can decide to ignore part or all of Birch's testimony.
I think that the jurors in this case will focus more on his testimony of why the vehicle was
in the tow yard, where it was parked, for how long, who had access to it, and it's retrieval
by the Anthony's, more than they will about his opinion of the smell.

Dr. Arpad Vass from the University of TN's "The Body Farm" testified (if I remember
correctly) that yes, they can tell the difference in smell between human and animal
decomposition. I've heard police officers testify (in this case and others) that they can
as well.  


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Jun 15 11 7:31 PM

WITNESS:  Cindy Anthony (Grandmother of Caylee Anthony, mother of Casey)
 
Testimony:
 
Casey told her mother she needed "space." She needed some time to sort
things out and wasn't intending to keep Caylee away from her.

Casey told her mother she was in a relationship with a wealthy man who
lived out of town.

Casey would say that "Caylee was "napping" or with Jeff's son, or his mother.

*Note: (Casey's stories about Jeffrey Hopkins, who had a son, and a mother
who was a cancer patient who was getting married) Jeffrey Hopkins was at
High School with Casey, and was a friend of hers.
 
 
Cindy Anthony
"I realized I was being selfish. I'd have to get used to Casey being
out of the house and being her own person. I accepted that."
 
During the time Casey and Caylee were gone from the Anthony home,
Cindy asked numerous times to be able to speak with Caylee.
Casey made excuses as to why Cindy could not speak to Caylee.


                                    CINDY'S MYSPACE ENTRY


Cindy Anthony
Saying Caylee was missing on the  Myspace entry was a "figure of speech.
Caylee was missing in my heart. I missed her little voice.
I didn't know she really was missing."

 
Cindy Anthony
"I backed off but I learned how to text so I started texting Casey
and asked everyday to talk with Caylee."

 "I thought Casey was jealous of me. Casey denied that."

George asked everyday about Casey and Caylee.
Cindy told him to let her be and let her have her space.


                            THE TOWING NOTICE &SMELL IN THE CAR
 
July 13, 2008 - George and Cindy were doing yard work when she noticed a
                       taped (Postal) notice on the front door about a certified letter.
                       The notice only said "Johnson's." Neither knew anyone by
                       the name Johnson.

George was going to pick up the notice on Monday, but due to his new
job, he went to the post office on Tuesday.

July 15, 2008 - Cindy was at work, George was scheduled to work 3-11.
                       George called with the news that Casey's car had been towed.
                       The towing service bill was about $480. Cindy left work and went
                       to an ATM and retrieved $500 out to pay the charges.

Cindy called Casey, told her about the car being towed, that she was in big trouble
 and had a lot of explaining to do. She told Casey she needed to come home.
Casey didn't give her an explanation why the car had been towed.

                       Cindy met George at the house and together they went to the
                       tow yard. She didn't have access to the car at the tow yard.
                       George drove the car around and told Cindy "We need to get
                       home right now. This car stinks." (Cindy was in her car)
                       She didn't smell anything at that point.
                       It was misting rain.

                       George Anthony pulled the car into the right side of their garage.
                       Cindy could smell the car as she walked up the driveway.


Cindy Anthony
"I said, "Oh, my gosh. What's wrong with the car? 
"I said "It smelled like something had died in the car."
"The smell was pretty strong but I didn't associate the car with a body."
"George said there had been a bag of garbage in the car."
 
Cindy Anthony testified that as a nurse she is familiar with the odor of
decomposing flesh (amputees). She wasn't really considering that
something/someone had actually died in the car.

                        George Anthony opened the car trunk and hood to air out.
                        He also removed the battery so Casey couldn't take the car. 
                        Cindy encouraged him to go to work that evening.
                        While George got ready for work, Cindy was still in the garage.

                          EVIDENCE RECOVERED FROM THE VEHICLE
  
EVIDENCE: A photograph of the rear of the Pontiac Sunfire George & Cindy owned
                  but Casey Anthony drove. 
                  A photograph of the front of the Pontiac Sunfire.
                  A photograph of the interior of the car from the driver's side.
                  A photograph of the rear seat.
                  A photograh of Caylee's carseat.

 Cindy Anthony identifies the photographs of the vehicle and of the
contents inside.

Cindy Anthony opened the vehicle door(s). Inside the vehicle she found:
Caylee Anthony's favorite baby doll she called "Momma" - placed in
Caylee's car seat, in the back seat of the vehicle.
Caylee Anthony's backpack was located in the trunk.
 
EVIDENCE: A photograph of a blue bin with items from the vehicle
                 Caylee Anthony's "Momma" doll is lying on top.  
 
In court - Cindy Anthony is emotional, crying and rocking in her seat
when observing her granddaughter Caylee's doll and car seat.

Casey Anthony's "work" purse - located in the front seat.
Casey Anthony's clothing (pants) - located on top of the shoes.
Casey Anthony's boots - located in the well of the car.

Cindy Anthony removed Caylee's baby doll and her backpack, Casey's purse,
and the pants. Caylee's baby doll smelled like the car so she placed the doll
onto the freezer, obtained a Colorox wipe and cleaned the hands and head of
the doll. She took Febreeze and sprayed the doll's body.

Cindy Febreezed the inside of the vehicle including the trunk.
She also placed a dryer sheet on the back seat of the car and removed the
boots from the vehicle.

Cindy mentioned "one of my steak knives" also being in the
car and removing it....

Defense Attorney Baez requested a sidebar 

SIDEBAR
 
Chief Judge Perry informed the jury that they were to "disregard
one of the steak knives said by Ms Anthony. (pre-trial determination
that a knife would be "prejudicial).

Cindy Anthony testified that she removed Casey's pants and laundered them
since they also had the same odor as the car.
 
EVIDENCE: A photograph showing the inside of Caylee Anthony's backpack.
                  Inside are diapers, food and clothing.

Cindy testifies that she briefly removed a toothbrush from Caylee's backpack
and then put it back.

In court - Cindy Anthony is very teary, struggling with her emotions as she
              continues to testify.

Cindy Anthony
"I brushed my hands across some debris. I didn't vaccum the car."

She left the doors, trunk and hood open in the garage when she left for work.

                                   LEAVING WORK EARLY

Cindy Anthony stated that her co-workers had watched Caylee growing up from
a baby into a toddler. They were aware that she hadn't seen Caylee, that both
Caylee and Casey had been away from home
.
She told them about the car being towed and that "It smelled like something
"had died" in the car."
 
Cindy Anthony
"It was a figure of speech."

She was at work for about 1 1/2 hours. She continued to try and contact Casey.
Out of concern, Cindy's Director sent her home.

 Upon reaching home she tried again to contact Casey, who wasn't responding.

 Cindy went through Casey's "work" purse, found and removed an envelope
containing resumes/job applications belonging to Amy Huizenga. On them
were Amy's phone number. Cindy contacted Amy Huizenga.

                                    AMY LEADS CINDY TO CASEY

Amy Huizenga was at the Florida Mall and agreed to have Cindy pick her up.
She directed Cindy to Tony Lazzaro's apartment.

Cindy Anthony
"I thought we were going to go get Caylee and work out what had
been going on."

Amy Huizenga approached the front door of Lazzaro's apartment while Cindy
stayed in the hall area. Casey Anthony came to the door and outside.

Cindy spoke to Casey saying "We need to talk." She asked about Caylee.
Casey told her mother that "Caylee was "with the nanny."
Amy Huizenga went down to wait in Cindy's car.

Cindy stated "the cigarette smoke was so bad in the apartment she
knew Caylee wouldn't be in that environment."

Cindy informed Casey that they needed to leave. Casey refused at first.
Eventually she reluctantly agreed.

Cindy drove Amy Huizenga home and dropped her off. She began trying to
get Casey to take her to Caylee. 

              

                                    

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Jun 15 11 7:34 PM

                                  LEAVING WORK EARLY

Cindy Anthony stated that her co-workers had watched Caylee growing up from
a baby into a toddler. They were aware that she hadn't seen Caylee, that both
Caylee and Casey had been away from home
.
She told them about the car being towed and that "It smelled like something
"had died" in the car."
 
Cindy Anthony
"It was a figure of speech."
She was at work for about 1 1/2 hours. She continued to try and contact Casey.
Out of concern, Cindy's Director sent her home.

Upon reaching home she tried again to contact Casey, who wasn't responding.
Cindy went through Casey's "work" purse, found and removed an envelope
containing resumes/job applications belonging to Amy Huizenga. On them
were Amy's phone number. Cindy contacted Amy Huizenga.

                                    AMY LEADS CINDY TO CASEY
 
Amy Huizenga was at the Florida Mall and agreed to have Cindy pick her up.
She directed Cindy to Tony Lazzaro's apartment.
 
Cindy Anthony
"I thought we were going to go get Caylee and work out what had
been going on."
 
Amy Huizenga approached the front door of Lazzaro's apartment while Cindy
stayed in the hall area. Casey Anthony came to the door and outside.
Cindy spoke to Casey saying "We need to talk." She asked about Caylee.
Casey told her mother that "Caylee was "with the nanny."

Amy Huizenga went down to wait in Cindy's car.

Cindy stated "the cigarette smoke was so bad in the apartment she
knew Caylee wouldn't be in that environment."

Cindy informed Casey that they needed to leave. Casey refused at first.
Eventually she reluctantly agreed.

Cindy drove Amy Huizenga home and dropped her off. She began trying to
get Casey to take her to Caylee. 
              

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Jun 17 11 4:28 PM

As individuals or collectively, the jury can decide to ignore part or all of Birch's testimony.I think that the jurors in this case will focus more on his testimony of why the vehicle was in the tow yard, where it was parked, for how long, who had access to it, and it's retrievalby the Anthony's, more than they will about his opinion of the smell.Dr. Arpad Vass from the University of TN's "The Body Farm" testified (if I remembercorrectly) that yes, they can tell the difference in smell between human and animaldecomposition. I've heard police officers testify (in this case and others) that they canas well.  

-patsystone

Dr, Vass methods are highly controversial. His idea with doing a chemical analysis of an air sample and comparing the "chemical fingerprint" to a database of known samples from the bodyfarm is undoubtedly promising, but other researchers say that the method simply isn't mature enough yet. For instance there is far from enough statistical data to ensure that other substances than dead human bodies can't produce similar chemical signatures.

Yes, the jury can decide what to ignore or believe but it's also important that the court doesn't boost the credence of dubious abilities and claims. A police officer is an expert witness as far as police work goes but unless he has proven his extraordinary olfactory abilities in scientifically monitored double-blind tests he is just an ordinary person as far as the alleged ability to distinguish smells goes. Some jurors may not realize this division...

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Jun 18 11 6:38 PM

Jowls, I agree about the division, and jurors must bring common sense to the jury room
about any witnesses that they've heard. That doesn't always happen, I'm sure, but it's
what we have in our system. True, not bolstering someone's credentials or abilities is
important. That allegation has been raised in this case already, I think by both sides.

As I recall the chemical analysis isn't something that's really new. I believe the military
uses a similiar method in detecting biological and chemical contaminants, and have
been doing so for quite some time; I think I've also read that it's a technique that has
been used in finding graves in the Balkans?


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Jun 18 11 7:21 PM

Video Links courtesy of Sunny47 at JusticeQuest:
 
Anthony Lazzaro - Casey's former boyfriend
Casey Anthony: Murder Trial Day 13 - 5/25/11 Part 15 (14:33)


Casey Anthony: Murder Trial Day 13 - 5/25/11 Part 16 (13:07)


Casey Anthony: Murder Trial Day 13 - 5/25/11 Part 17 (14:28)\

Casey Anthony: Murder Trial Day 13 - 5/25/11 Part 18 (14:36)

Casey Anthony: Murder Trial Day 13 - 5/25/11 Part 19 (14:30)

Casey Anthony: Murder Trial Day 13 - 5/25/11 Part 20 (14:35)

Casey Anthony: Murder Trial Day 13 - 5/25/11 Part 21 (14:41)

Casey Anthony: Murder Trial Day 13 - 5/25/11 Part 22 (13:21)

 

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