The Casey Anthony trial, Day 3
Day 3 brought Tony Lazzaro and George Anthony back to the stand for some of the more dramatic moments of the day.
The prosecution questioned him about the gas cans he helped Casey steal from George Anthony’s shed when she ran out of gas. It was established that his car was parked in front of Casey’s and he was standing towards the front of her car while she filled the gas tank. He could not see into her car’s trunk nor could he smell anything other than the odor of gasoline.
George Anthony was also back on the stand to address the stolen gas cans, and to explain why he called the police when he had a good idea from past experience that Casey probably took them. Baez wanted to know why George didn’t take that opportunity to report that his granddaughter was missing. George said he didn’t know she was missing at the time. (This was on the 24th of June. He had not seen Caylee since the morning of the 16th of June.) George told about Casey coming into the house unexpectedly, not realizing he was home. He wanted to retrieve something from her car trunk (an excuse to see if his gas cans were there) and she flew ahead of him, took the cans out of the trunk, shoved them at him and said, “Here’s your f#cking gas cans.”
George stated he could not see into the trunk of the car. Baez called him on that, referencing a deposition he gave to FBI on July 30 where he said he could see some clothes in the trunk. George also said he could smell nothing but the gas cans. This exchange between Baez and George deteriorated quickly with Jose’s questions becoming more and more confusing and George, in fact, accusing him of trying to “confuse me and make me lose my temper.”
The judge became quite angry with Baez’ apparent missteps, and when Baez tried to introduce the fact that George and Cindy had gotten special permission to be in the courtroom,(a big no-no) he said, “Don’t go there, Mr. Baez!” Baez idiotically continued anyway, and the judge removed the jury and dressed him down.
#11: Melissa England. She was Troy Brown’s girlfriend at the time Caylee went missing, and met Casey when she was visiting Troy over the July 4th weekend in 2008. She spent a day alone with Casey and she never mentioned she had a child until they went to Troy’s sister’s apartment and she asked about her. Casey never said that Caylee was missing.
The most important thing that was learned from this witness: After a telephone conversation Casey had with a friend in Melissa’s presence, Casey turned to her and said, “OMG, I’m such a good liar.” Casey shook her head “no” while Melissa spoke.
#12: Troy Brown. He is a friend of Casey. He, too, said that Casey was a really good mother. Troy saw her after Caylee went missing, and said she acted completely normal. Casey never mentioned Caylee was missing to him.
#13: Iassen Donov. He thought she worked at Universal as an event coordinator. She told him she had a nanny while she worked.
Iassen has known Casey since Jan 2007. He met her when she was dating his friend, Brandon Snow. He said that Casey acted perfectly normal when he saw her in the later part of June 2008. She didn’t mention that her daughter was missing.
#14: Dante Salanti. He is a friend of Casey. Dante testified that he had lived in Salt Grass Apartments, #218. since 2005. (This is the apartment complex where the imaginary nanny, Zenaida Gonzales supposedly lived) He stated that Casey has been to his apartment many times in 2006 and 2007.
He say her July 1 at the Ale House. She was completely normal and didn’t mention that her daughter was missing.
#15: Christopher Stutz. He said Casey came to see him at his parents’ house where he lived in May 2008. Caylee was with her. She came to see him again on June 17, 2008. Caylee was not with her, and she didn’t mention her.
He saw her again on July7, 2008, at Buffalo Wild Wings and she was upbeat and happy. She didn’t say anything about her daughter being missing.
She once told him that she didn’t like to drink or stay out late because she didn’t want to leave Caylee with her parents.
#16: Matthew Crisp. He has been friends with Casey since 2002. He is a residential property manager (helps people find apartments) She called him on either June 17 or June 19 to help her boyfriend, Tony, find a new apartment. She never mentioned Caylee when they got together, and she seemed “joyful”. When asked what “joyful” meant, he said, “exuberantly happy.”
He met her for lunch on July 7th at Subway. She told him that Caylee was in Sanford on a play date when he asked about her. Their conversation was happy and light.
Today, Jose Baez, was exposed big-time for the greenhorn he is. I lost count of how many times the Judge had to dress him down. He literally badgered George Anthony.
Something that bothered me today was how every friend of Casey that also knew Caylee, said she was a wonderful, loving, caring mother. That is such a contrast to the woman we know acted as if her life was a big party during the 31 days before Caylee was reported missing. The prosecution is trying to prove that Casey got rid of Caylee because she kept her from doing the things she wanted to do. Caylee was a ball and chain around her neck. The Casey her friends are describing is not that person.