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Anthony family shocked that the death penalty is back on the table for Casey

April 16, 2009

According to people close to George and Cindy Anthony, the family is in shock but not completely surprised at prosecutors decision to seek the death penalty against Casey.  They are hoping that if Casey is convicted the death penalty won’t be imposed.  The Anthony’s attorney, Brad Conway,  issued the following statement:

“The State’s decision to seek the death penalty will not change the support and love the Anthonys have for Casey. Casey Anthony, like all other defendants, is entitled to the presumption of innocence. If the State can overcome that presumption before a jury of 12 of Casey’s peers, the Anthonys will then begin to deal with the potential sentence,”

Lee Anthony’s attorney, Thomas Luka,  said he did not expect this news given the evidence that has been made public.  He said this about Lee:

“He is probably in shock and horror as is the rest of his family that the state is prosecuting the case to this level,”

Luka is a former prosecutor and has tried death penalty cases.  He thinks it will now take up to two months to pick a jury.  That’s twice as much time as prosecutors originally estimated for the entire trial.

read it here:


I don’t know why any of them would be all that surprised that the state is willing to prosecute this case “to this level.”  IMO, she should be punished to the highest level of the law for killing her child and then leading so many good people on wild goose chases without bothering to lift one pampered pinky to help.

Although I hope she gets life in prison without parole and slowly goes mad,  I believe the stress of sitting on death row and anticipating her own execution is a fitting punishment as well.  Maybe she will actually experience some of the terror her daughter surely felt.

58 Comments leave one →
  1. laura permalink
    April 16, 2009 8:34 am

    When I hear the A’s reply to anything Casey I want to shake them and ask what about Caylee any love and support for her. They are the occasional grand-parents, on the occasion you ask something incriminating about Casey they love and miss Caylee so don’t ask that. I know my parents love me but let me murder one of their grand-babies you can believe they would be supporting the prosecution in fact I also know they would be collecting evidence to turn over to sill my fate. I don’t care that they love their child but why forget about the true victim. As far as the biggest idiot in Florida goes (bozo) the only force out to get your client is God, he does not like anyone hurting a child, read the bible then you will understand the force!

  2. Babette Birchler permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:13 am

    The entire Anthony family sickens me! Do they need the facts and evidence delivered to them on a silver platter? Their evil daughter is a KILLER! She deserves the death penalty! I think she killed her because she was getting old enough to tell people how she was really treated by “Mommy” away from the family home. The Anthony’s want to blame absolutely EVERYBODY ELSE IN THIS WORLD for their situation. They were so evil and indignant in their depositions and kept saying that the Morgan attorneys were “tearing their family apart!” Once again, they need to be reminded that, no, their daughter did that to them! I don’t think they’ll ever get it!

    P.S. When it comes time to execute the evil child killer, put me on the list to watch it!

  3. Boston permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:18 am

    Do you think they will reconsider what they are saying and how they are acting? What will it take to come forward with EVERYTHING they know? They were the ones who drove away in the crime scene vehicle and they know more.

  4. nina permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:22 am

    I don’t see where that would shock the Anthony’s..Personally I wanted to see her get life in prison with out chance of parole.(which that still may happen..I was against the DP,but to many children are being murdered by there own or by someone else.Its time the laws changed,instead of doing the crime and just serving time.This evil in these type of people needs to be stopped for good….So they never get the chance to harm another child ever again.This world has become a scarry place to live in…

  5. paula permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:47 am

    What are they shocked about? They really think they can get away with murder. It’s disgraceful what they have done to the memory of that swet adorable child and other children that have been murdered. It’s the most heinous crime. They must live in another realm.

  6. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 10:09 am

    laura–I agree 100%–It’s like Caylee is no longer part of the equation—it’s all about Casey. And you’re right about the force being God–that Force is getting ready to lower the boom on Miss Casey.

  7. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 10:11 am

    Babette–In keeping with the “Anthony Family Dynamic”–Of course they would blame everyone in the world for their current misery–other than the real root source–their daughter, Casey. And, no, if they haven’t gotten it by now, they never will.

  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 10:13 am

    Boston–I don’t think they will. If anything, this news will escalate their attacks on anyone and everything they can think of to blame for what happened to Caylee. The stakes just got higher, and now Cindy will be literally fighting for Casey’s life. The worst is yet to come from the Anthonys.

  9. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 10:16 am

    nina–I believe in certain cases the death penalty is warranted. In Casey’s case, I don’t think she could be rehabilitated–sociopaths are what they are. Either life without the possibility of parole or the death penalty would be, IMO, the only acceptable punishment for her. And, I would only give her life if she steps up and tells the truth.

  10. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 10:16 am

    paula–It certainly appears that they make their own reality!

  11. April 16, 2009 10:31 am

    I guess the next ones to get a reality show will be the Anthony’s. It would look like a freak show to us. They would think it was sweet and “normal”.

  12. MAND permalink
    April 16, 2009 10:32 am

    I agree Mystery..the Anthony’s will kick it up a notch and will do whatever it takes to defend KC..if that means more lies and blaming one of KC’s lovers..they will have no problem with doing that.
    They are completely out of control..the depos show that much.
    Their only thoughts left for Caylee is how much money can be made from her murder..the Foundation..and now the talk show circuit.
    The blaming others for their problems is nothing new for these people..they are the kind that never do anything’s always someone else that did it…they will never change.

  13. April 16, 2009 10:33 am

    P.S. I just read that a guy named JOSH was Kaylee’s father. He killed himself just before Kaylee’s lst birthday. Boy, anybody hooked up with this girl ends up destroyed!!!

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 11:47 am

    Carol in Va–I don’t believe JOSH was Caylee’s father. Josh was a surfer who was in a car wreck that left him in chronic pain and unable to surf. He committed suicide by taking his surfboard out and shooting himself. His family has stated that at the time Caylee was conceived, Josh could not have been the father as he was in the hospital, flat on his back. It would have been impossible for him to “perform” in that way. Just another of Casey’s lies. I believe Caylee’s father was a 1 night stand and Casey doesn’t have a clue who he is.

  15. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 11:48 am

    Mand–They are out of control and I’m sure they will perform on Oprah’s show just like they did in the depos–Oprah’s ratings will sky-rocket even though many have stated they won’t watch-

  16. paula permalink
    April 16, 2009 11:57 am

    There’s no denying that Casey killed Caylee but Lee, Cindy and George have made everything in this case worse – for their daughter and themselves. They really don’t get it. That J Chatt sure looks like he could have been Caylee’s father, although I read somewhere that he couldn’t stomach Casey. And, shame, shame on Oprah. These crazy people are being put in the same category as people whose child truly is missing.

  17. April 16, 2009 12:00 pm

    Josh’s father and brother have said that they would agree to have a DNA test taken just to answer this mystery.

  18. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 1:13 pm

    Paula–Maybe Oprah will ask the tough questions–but I doubt it.

    Carol in Va–I read that as well. Let’s hope they do that and put an end to that rumor.

  19. LosAngeles permalink
    April 16, 2009 1:23 pm

    This is good news. What a heinous crime Casey committed on Caylee, a little toddler. The thought of her possibly drugging child with Xanax or chloroform continuously as a regular occurrence is very sad. In some of Caylee’s pictures IMO Caylee had a world-weary look in her eyes that only comes from being mistreated, a look or feeling a 2-year-old should never have.

  20. April 16, 2009 1:45 pm

    Is this JOSH – and JP Chat – the same person? On Facebook I looked at photos of a JP Chat (John something – I think) – who looks very like Caylee. And in some LE interview, someone (Amy) mentions ‘JP’ – as one of the group that hung out together, that Casey started hanging with just before Caylee disappeared (in May08?). This person (Amy?) did state JP didn’t like Casey, in that interview. OK – so this Josh the surfer, is dead (poor guy), and dad and bro will take DNA test to end mystery. My question – Is JOSH the same as JP? Is this JP still around ? I am confused now, because from what I read in the LE interview, I got impression JP was still around. Help someone !

  21. April 16, 2009 2:05 pm

    Hi Dee. From what I read Josh looked like Kaylee. He was never told that he may have fathered a child. He went to school with Casey and he was a surfer that was in an accident that ruined his back. He killed himself just before Caylee’s 1st birthday.

  22. BEES KNEES permalink
    April 16, 2009 2:19 pm

    Mystery, I was just reading on another thread that Oprah is paying Geeorge and Cindy $20,000.00 to appear on her show and they are going to bash all law inforcement, saying that it was a cover up. Apparently they are also going to hand out papers to Oprah’s audience to get support and donations for Casey’s defense. I am astounded and I’m really hoping this is an untrue rumour. Have you heard anything about this?

  23. ostella permalink
    April 16, 2009 3:05 pm

    As morally grossed out as I am about their scheduled rendez-vous with Oprah, for some reason I’m not terribly worried about it…they have demonstrated over and over that they can’t behave themselves. Period. PR is definitely not their strong suit; they can’t open their mouths without steppin all over their tongues. Any attempt to make their daughter likeable will backfire; the rest of the press will surely bodyslam them afterward, pointing out every inconsistency and snooty comment. And something tells me that a lot of Oprah’s viewers probably follow this case anyway, and know the lunatics they’re dealing with…I could be wrong, but I really see it doing more harm than good for their daughter. Maybe its just wishful thinking, but I feel like they’re just digging her grave the more they defend her…

  24. MAND permalink
    April 16, 2009 3:22 pm

    I find it reprehensible that O. would treat a pending murder trial of an innocent child as entertainment and to enhance her ratings.
    This shows no respect for our legal system..these two people may be Caylee’s grandparents but they are also witnesses in the up coming murder trial…and their reason is MONEY…they need the big money for KC’s defense…so they get paid to go on national to rant and rave against law enforcement..the media..the prosecution..and will do their best to try their side of the case in the court of public opinion…and it is WRONG.
    I hope the Judge places a gag order on the case to put an end to all this …no more exploiting this baby for money to pay for her murderers defense.

  25. laura permalink
    April 16, 2009 3:26 pm

    Lets meet in Chicago and picket in front of Harpo studios. I hope the people in the audience tells them where to stick their fliers.

  26. laura permalink
    April 16, 2009 3:36 pm

    Bees where have you been hiding at all day? I have been waiting on your follow ups. Your usually right behind me.

  27. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 4:24 pm

    Dee–Josh O’Barr and JP Chatt are two completely different people.

    JP is very much around and many think Caylee looks like him–but, JP was known to dislike Casey.

    I’ve tried to put the photos in the comment but am unable to do that. I will write a post about them and put their pictures. JP’s picture can be seen under the witness list right now.

  28. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 4:34 pm


    I believe Casey fabricated the story about Josh O’Barr and her family has volunteered their DNA to prove he was not and could not have been the father of Caylee. At the time of her conception he was in the hospital and in so much pain it would have been impossible for him to have sex with Casey.

  29. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 4:39 pm

    Bees Knees

    Someone posted that under a comment on this site as well. I asked him for his source, but he has not responded and I haven’t been able to locate where that info might have originated. Because of that, I’m going to say that is a rumor–at least until it can be proven.

    Here’s the comment:
    “The latest news is, That the Oprah show is going to pay Geeorge and Cindy Anthony in sum of about $20.000 (Twenty Thousand Dollars) To appear on the show. From what I heard they are going to bash the police and all law inforcement, claming that is was a cover up..Also I hear they are going to blame jeese Grund for the murder of caylee..They said they are going to hand out papers to Oprahs audience to get support and donations for the innocense of their Psyco Daughter Casey. George and Cindy are also going to blame Riccardo Morrales and Anne Dowling for the connection to Zanny and the murder of their grandaughter Caylee..Also, I heard they are going to blame the police officer and Leonard Padilla for the body being moved to the woods.Ect.Ect, Ect…This is TOTALLY FF UP..I really think Oprah is a moran and stupid ass for alllowing these lying sons of bitches to make money on their grandaughter’s horrible death and then blame everybody else and also try to collect money and try to get enough publicity to overturn the juror and save their lying piece of s##t daughter…”

  30. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 4:41 pm

    ostella–I agree with you. They’ll try for the sympathy vote, but, ya know, ya can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip. Ain’t no way Cindy can manage to appear as a sympathetic character.

  31. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 4:43 pm

    Mand–I agree with you. The judge already said he wouldn’t put a gag order on the case. I wonder if this will cause him to change his mind?

  32. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 4:44 pm


    LOL! I would imagine, George and Cindy will try to have an audience full of supporters.

  33. Diana permalink
    April 16, 2009 5:30 pm

    Hold up a minute……….I was always under the impression from Cindy that she and George went on their last media blitz to get pictures of caylee out there in the public. Why would they appear on Oprah now? Havent we seen ENOUGH pictures of Casey?
    I sincerely do not think I could sit through another hour of George and Cindy Anthony spoying off lie after lie.

  34. LosAngeles permalink
    April 16, 2009 5:56 pm

    Mand, I agree. Oprah has no respect for the legal system. I feel she is a
    do-do bird for having them on.
    Ostella, I hope you’re right. I hope it backfires on C and G.
    I can’t believe how dumb Oprah.
    Message to Oprah: Don’t give C and G ANY MORE air time. Let the legal system and the courts do their job! Have more respect for the legal system!

  35. niecey456 permalink
    April 16, 2009 6:30 pm

    I checked on the Oprah thing and they are denying paying the Anthonys anything. Don’t know about the rest of the stuff, but Oprah sure does have a comment thread going on the subject of that interview and I believe that is her way of wanting feed back to know what to do, so I think those comments are rumors.
    Mystery, I totally agree that the A’s are going to get dirtier and meaner. I do see that coming. They won’t give up until they are defeated, and then it will be someone else’s fault.

  36. ostella permalink
    April 16, 2009 7:02 pm

    I think the Anthonys are in total self-destruct mode. They’re neither willing nor able to stop the charade, and they won’t go out without a fight. They’ll get increasingly volatile as they lose more control. They’ll just hang themselves eventually…

  37. niecey456 permalink
    April 16, 2009 7:09 pm

    I agree Ostella.

  38. Boston permalink
    April 16, 2009 7:43 pm

    At dinner this evening the discussion was about the Anthony’s. Your very point about the Anthony’s getting worse was the focus of our discussion. Cindy is an incredible liar but more importantly she learned to lie to protect a daughter she should have punished and punished severely.

  39. prevost1580 permalink
    April 16, 2009 8:09 pm

    Dear Cindy & George,

    I’m shocked! that a mother ( your daughter ) could brutally murder a two year old toddler ( your grand daughter ) and throw her,away like f-g trash! and I’m also shocked that you still stand behind her! even comitting perjury,contempt and obstruction. Mocking our justice system and spitting the taxpayer’s faces with your BS,Charade.

  40. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 8:11 pm

    Diana- Yep that’s what they said……………

    niecey–if Oprah is going to have them on, I hope she at least reads the comments and uses them to decide what questions to ask the Anthonys. But, I don’t think she will do that. I think the interview will be as soft as Larry King’s.

    ostella- I so agree with you and I think niecey is right–when they hang themselves it will be someone elses fault.

    Amen to that one, Boston!

  41. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 16, 2009 8:13 pm

    prevost– I think it’s going to get more shocking. The Anthony’s are gonna get louder and more outrageous now that their daughter could be put to death.

  42. prevost1580 permalink
    April 16, 2009 8:45 pm

    Mystery, You are soooo right! the Demons are really going to come out. I hope that the judge is prepared & has a Catholic priest there to do an exocism.

    Caylee really never had a chance, I don’t see how she could’ve escaped. Unless she survived past 5 and could talk 😦

  43. Beth from Alabama permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:01 am

    OH PLEASE!! SHOCKED! Where have they been? The parents have known that she killed her daughter, accidentially or on purpose. Of coarse, a parent doesn’t want their child to be convicted of such a crime let alone be sentenced to die. Most parents love their children no matter what, but don’t agree with the choices they make. Cindy and George should say that “We love our daughter”, but don’t agree with what has happened. Justice needs to be served no matter who did this awful crime. Wake up Cindy and George. Most of the problems and behaviors of Casey are a direct result of how they have allowed Casey to rule the roost at home. See how she talks to them. This isn’t something that just has happened. It has been allowed to go on for years. There is a time to put a stop to all of it.

  44. April 17, 2009 11:02 am

    Thanks for the clarifications on Josh and JP. Didn’t I read somewhere (Amy’s interview again?) that JP lived at Sawgrass along with some of friends, and these are the people Casey had started hanging out with, before Casey knew Amy? Amy was off working on a crusie ship. After Amy got back, she found Casey hanging with her crowd, and then they became friends. This was all in Spring of 2008 – right? Just asking, trying to piece it together . . . Thanks again.

  45. ostella permalink
    April 17, 2009 2:05 pm

    Dee, you’re correct in all of that EXCEPT the trio (Rico, Amy, and JP) did NOT live at Sawgrass. They lived at another complex. Crazy did have friends who lived at Sawgrass; they were Annie Dowling and Dante Something-or-Other.

  46. April 17, 2009 3:23 pm

    Thank you, Ostella !

  47. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 17, 2009 4:19 pm

    prevost–I think that’s exactly why Caylee was killed. She was starting to be able to express herself better and would be able to tell what was happening to her. I thought George (before he packed his bags and moved to “da-nile”) saying that when he asked Caylee about her day with Zanny she showed no sign of recognition, was very telling.

  48. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 17, 2009 4:23 pm

    Beth–You are absolutely right. Casey didn’t become a monster overnight. She was allowed to grow into a monster. Cindy’s constant lies and spins give a close-up view of how she dealt with Casey her whole life. I don’t see Cindy changing her stripes anytime soon. It’s going to get worse now that the death penalty is on the table.

  49. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 17, 2009 4:24 pm

    ostella–thanks for clarifying that for Dee.

  50. halfpint42592 permalink
    April 17, 2009 4:40 pm

    Hello All!

    First of all; why does their attorney have to read the statement from the Anthony’s? As far back as I can remember in this entire case, Cindy has never had a problem speaking.Perhaps he is trying to damage control after their outlandish behavior at the depositions.
    “SHOCKED”… Now how can they be shocked that the state has decided to prosecute this case to this level? When I thought about that statement, I guess they really could be shocked. They do believe they are above the law, and they do believe their daughter, right? But this statement really is probably the most idiotic one they have made yet.
    I think they really believe they are all going to get away with all of this and I think the prosecuters will fight harder because of that. Quite possibly they are shocked because they are coming to the realization that not only is their daughter going to be prosecuted to that level but they are probably not far behind her. No they won’t be up for death or even life in prison, but everything that they say or should I say every lie that they tell is easily contradicted. At the depositions alone, there was enough said if you ask me that could bring conspiracy charges down on all of them.
    At this point it is almost like Cindy is desperate and somehow trying to make herself look like the victim. Again they have forgotten that a little girl died. That she was their grand daughter and supposedly the most important person in their lives. ( Quote from Cindy: ” I don’t care where Casey is or what happens to her, all I care about is Caylee”) Furthermore they seem to have forgotten or should I say never knew apparently, that the person responsible not only for this little baby dying, but for every single piece of evidence left, every charge brought against her and every lie they are trying to de bunk is their own daughter. So what happened Cindy? I thought you only care about Caylee? Or is it now that Caylee is gone you have no one to be in charge of anymore and so now you need Casey back?

  51. eddieblue permalink
    April 18, 2009 7:39 am

    Did Caylee Anthony get a fair trial?

    Her judge/jury/executioner doled out the death sentence to the helpless child.
    And it was a terrible death.
    Death at the hands of your mother.
    Death by asphyxiation takes up to 4 minutes.

    The murderer deserves the same “fair trial”

    Hang her high and watch her dance!

  52. BEES KNEES permalink
    April 18, 2009 2:06 pm

    We’ve all had ENOUGH from the Anthonys. Their entire bloodline it tainted and needs to be eliminated. And now we hear that the taxpayers may have to foot the bill in the murderers defense? WHAT???? What is wrong with this picture besides EVERYTHING? If you ask me the Anthomys were treated too kindly which lead to them feeling entitled to behave so badly. The time to stop is NOW!!!!! Surely to God there are laws in place to prevent this sham from going any further. Throw Baez off the case – he’s not qualified anyway. Give Casey the same public defender that anyone in her financial bracket can afford and maybe they will ask the state for a plea (which the state may very well not be interested in anymore anyway) and put an end to the rising cost of this case. STOP the CRAZY.

  53. halfpint42592 permalink
    April 19, 2009 8:35 pm

    Bees: I forget which thread it was but I read that Casey is not eligible for a public defender now because of something to do with Baez getting that two hundred and some thousand dollars for those pics of Caylee.I agree though, he is not qualified. He really does not seem to be qualified to defend a petty little crime much less one of this magnitude.

    As far as the rumor about what the Anthony’s plan to do on the Oprah show. I am not so sure that is true at all. First of all, Oprah would be an idiot to allow them to come on and bash law enforcement, secondly if they do start tossing out names and accusations they will be in court more than Casey with defamation and slander cases against them. I would really be surprised if they talk about the case much at all as it is ongoing and they should not be able to.

    I read the documents for the Foundation today. There are two, one that was sent back to them because Cindy did not follow directions and it was illedgible and the other was the amended application. Funny the names of the board members changed from the first filing in October of 08 to the amended one in February of 09. Wonder why? Oh I know, I bet after Caylee was found someone questioned Casey’s innocence. So now they are off the board. I would like to see a little more info on this for sure…

  54. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 20, 2009 3:34 pm

    Very good points, halfpint–I think Cindy has completely lost or rationalized or has chosen to ignore the fact that Caylee was murdered. She defends Casey to the death (to the point of , IMO, obstruction, and she doesn’t look for an alternative murderer? What does that say? To me it says, she knows Casey did it, but having her back is more important to her than avenging Caylee. Very sad.

  55. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 20, 2009 3:35 pm

    eddieblue–I would be happy to get periodic updates of her miserable non-existence in prison for the rest of her life.

  56. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 20, 2009 3:37 pm

    Bees Knees–I agree. I do not believe the taxpayers of Florida should have to foot the bill for every “expert” high dollar witness Baez can dream up. She should get the same representation as everyone else.

  57. itsamysterytome permalink*
    April 20, 2009 3:39 pm


    I believe most of the time on Oprah will be promoting their foundation.

  58. halfpint42592 permalink
    April 21, 2009 7:29 am

    Hi Mystery: Yes I do believe they will be promoting the foundation and asking for donations. I hope they get nothing. Furthermore, it was said last night that their lawyer should not allow them to be on Oprah as anything they say can be brought up in trial. They’ve already contradicted themselves many times over and with their statements alone, they should just shoot their daughter in the head now.

    Cindy does seem to have lost any grasp she may have had on reality. The saddest thing is nobody but the prosecuters are fighting for that baby.

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