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Day 2 of the Casey Anthony trial: Casey’s newest friends take the stand

May 26, 2011
On day 2 of the trial, Casey sat, for the most part, stone-faced, stealing quick glances at the people who populated her “after-life”(life after Caylee) or whispering who knows what to her attorney.
The witness line up included Casey’s boyfriend, his roommates, some of the “shot girls” from Fusion, and Brian Burner, the Anthony’s next door neighbor. They all basically said the same thing: Casey acted perfectly normal on and after June 16th. Considering her daughter had just allegedly “drowned”, this must have been pretty astonishing information for the jury. The prosecution also introduced, along with these witnesses, some of the photos from the hot body contest at Fusion, and  the video of her with her boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro, at Blockbuster the night of the day it is believed Caylee died.  Brian Burner testified about the shovel she borrowed a few days after.
The defense (almost comically) tried to establish the irrelevance of every witness’ testimony by repeating the same question over and over and over: “Were you there on June 16th at the Anthony home when Caylee drowned in the swimming pool?” Of course the answer was always, “No.” I’m no law expert but I thought it odd that the prosecution didn’t object to that question since it has certainly not been established that Caylee drowned in the family swimming pool. By continually repeating that question, I would be concerned the jury would start to assume that is exactly what happened.
The prosecution’s goal for the day seemed to be to show Casey’s complete indifference to the fact that her daughter was dead. Not only was she dead, she knew all along she was dead, yet she functioned as if she didn’t have a care in the world. It was business (or rather party time) as usual Casey Anthony.
Up first: Tony Lazzaro’s roommates. (George was witness #1 on Tuesday)

#1 Cameron Campana

#2: Cameron Campana testified that he met Casey through Tony at a party towards the end of May and starting around the middle of June, Casey moved into the apartment he shared with Tony Lazzaro.  He met Caylee a few times prior to Casey moving in and thought she was a good mother.  He said he never saw Caylee at all after Casey took up residence in Tony’s bedroom, and stated that Casey told him Caylee was with either her mother or the babysitter whenever he asked where she was.  He testified that there was no difference in Casey’s demeanor after she moved in with them.  She remained as she always was: happy and carefree. She shopped, she cooked, she cleaned, she did laundry–in other words nothing was out of the ordinary. She never told him Caylee was missing, and never asked for his help in finding her.


#2 Nathan Lezniewicz

#3: Nathan Lezniewicz testified that he met Casey through Tony at a party at the end of May.  Like Cameron, he met Caylee a few times prior to Casey moving in with them. He also stated that he never saw Caylee again after Casey took up residence around the middle of June.  He, too, thought Casey was a good loving mother and that the nanny or Casey’s mom took care of her when Casey was at the apartment. Nathan said that Casey acted perfectly normal and he had no idea that Caylee was missing.  Casey never told him anything was wrong.


Clint House

#4: Clint House testified he met Casey at a party at the same time the others did. He thought she was a fun party girl. He met Caylee 4 or 5 times but never saw her after Casey moved in. He said she was the same happy person before and after and never told them Caylee was missing.

All 3 roommates said Caylee did not appear to be neglected, and Casey was a loving mother.
Next, Clint House’s girlfriend at the time, Maria Kissh.
Maria KisshMaria stated that she and Casey were just acquaintances and met through Clint. She met Caylee at Tony’s apartment when she knocked on the door and the two year old opened it. Caylee was alone in the living room.  Her mother was in Tony’s bedroom and made an appearance but quickly exited back into Tony’s room.  She spent about 15 min with Caylee. On a separate occasion she went out on the balcony of the apartment at a party and found Caylee out there alone. She was uncomfortable leaving her there. She never saw her again.  She also stated Casey told her she paid a nanny $400.00 a week to watch Caylee.  On cross exam  she told Jose she rode in the backseat of Casey’s car and smelled nothing. (I think this was 2 or 3 days after Caylee’s alleged death, but I may be wrong about that)
Next up–the neighbor, but not before Baez objects once again to the shovel being brought into evidence.

Brian Burner

#6 Brian Burner, the neighbor, testified that Casey backed into her garage and borrowed a shovel from him to dig up a bamboo root. She brought it back a while later. He also saw her in a truck with a male at a later time. (established that the male was Casey’s boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro and they were stealing George’s gas cans because Casey had run out)

—————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–Next Next came the shot girls from Fusion.

Jamie Relander

#7  Jamie Relander met Casey at Fusion. She said Casey seemed like a happy nice person and was the “Go To Girl” for the shot girls. Jamie said Casey took care of the girls and protected them. Though she never met the little girl, Casey invited Jamie to Caylee’s upcoming birthday party. (Keep in mind, Casey invited her AFTER Caylee was gone)


Erica Gonzalez

#8 Erica Gonzalez was another shot girl. Her most profound statement, IMO, was that Casey told her that taking care of the shot girls was like taking care of her daughter.  This was not profound to me because Caylee was dead when she said this, but because she actually felt taking care of these women she barely knew was comparable to taking care of her own 2 year old child. Erica also said Casey was a happy and caring person all the time.

Then, the boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro.

Tony Lazzaro

Tony said he met Casey on MySpace first and later at a birthday party he invited her to. They hit it off right away. He, like everyone else, said Casey was a happy caring person and a loving mother as far as he could tell. He said that he spent the night of the 16th and the day of the 17th in bed with Casey. (again, remember the 16th is the day Caylee supposedly died) Tony said she acted absolutely normal and never once told him that Caylee was missing. When she moved in with him the night of the 16th she brought a suitcase or bag of her things but nothing for Caylee.


Tony wrapped the fairly uneventful day up. I say uneventful because we that follow this case already knew most of what the witnesses said.  BUT, and that’s a big but….this was probably a bombshell day for the jury.  This was not old news to them.  They were hearing for the first time from people that witnessed Casey Anthony’s behavior and the complete lack of concern for her missing daughter.  Every mother and father on that jury must have been completely floored by the witnesses testimony, just as we were when we first heard it, just as the police were, and just as her family was.  IMO, this was NOT a good day for the defense.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Carole M Pearson permalink
    May 26, 2011 12:58 pm

    Thank you so much for this posting! It is great to be able to go back and see who was on the stand and what their testimony pertained to. I hope that you are going to continue listing the witnesses this way. I will definitely be anxious to read more of your posts!

  2. itsamysterytome permalink*
    May 26, 2011 1:07 pm

    Your welcome, Carole, and that’s what I plan to do! I’m doing this as much for me as you guys. It can all get very confusing with this long of a trial!

  3. Laine permalink
    June 16, 2011 6:33 pm

    I’m just wondering, did they ever explain if her moving in with Tony was planned, or spur of the moment. If it was something she mentioned atleast a few days before, that to me would also prove premeditated murder, since she had no plans to move in with Caylee.

  4. mumsy5017 permalink
    June 16, 2011 7:36 pm

    I think you have brought up a valid, a VERY valid question! I hope someone from the proscecution team thinks of this, or perhaps they were waiting till the perfect time to bring it up…….which I think might have been 3 weeks ago!

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