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Casey Anthony Trial, June 13, 2011: The prosecution prepares to close up shop

June 13, 2011

So today we had only 2 witnesses, and there was no sign of the animated Casey from the past few days.  She was void of emotion–a blank.

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Stephen Shaw

First up: Stephen Shaw is a hair and fiber examiner for the FBI lab.  He  said  there is a difference between hairs from a cadaver and hairs that have decomposed after leaving the head of a live person.

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Elizabeth Fontaine

Elizabeth Fontaine  is a FBI physical scientist forensic examiner in the latent print operations unit.   She is the one who found the residue of the heart shaped sticker on a corner of one of the pieces of duct tape when she was examining it for fingerprints.  It was unfortunately destroyed during testing.  She said it was not protocol for her to take a photo of the sticker, so she didn’t.  Luckily, her supervisor also saw the sticker before  it was destroyed. Fontaine said there were no fingerprints found on the duct tape.

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Then, Judge Perry  dropped the bombshell.  The state may wrap their case up tomorrow–Wednesday morning at the latest.  Furthermore, court won’t start til 1:00 PM Tuesday because the state’s next witness can’t make it until then.

Whoa! Can this really be true?  The prosecution is wrapping up?  Seems to me there is a whole lot more damning evidence floating around out there  that the jury deserves to hear.

What about the fight Cindy and Casey had the night of the 15th?  Why is that not being brought into evidence?  It’s in the police reports.  The neighbors said there was a fight that night.  Jesse Grund said that the fight became physical and Cindy tried to choke Casey. What about the diary entry that was proven to NOT have been written in 2005 as was noted in the front of Casey’s  journal? That particular style was not published until after 2005.  What about the “beautiful life” tattoo Casey had done after Caylee was gone?  She told the tattoo guy she’d be bringing Caylee with her the next time she came in. And what about Richard Grund, Casey’s one-time fiance’s father, who could testify that he and his wife had to tell Casey they didn’t want to be Caylee’s babysitter anymore? She was bringing Caylee over every day and leaving her with them.  What about Kiomarie Cruz, Casey’s childhood friend who could testify that she and Casey used to bury their dead pets near where Caylee was found?  She said they put heart stickers on them before they buried them.  What about Leonard Padilla’s bounty girl, Tracy,  that stayed in the house with Casey when he bailed her out of jail?  What about the inmate, Robin Adams,  that exchanged secret letters with Casey–the one who said Casey told her she chloroformed Caylee to knock her out so she could party?

The only good news about the prosecution closing up shop is that means Jose Baez will now have to back-up the defense’s crazy theory.  I was reminded when I read another blog today,  http://blog.bennettandbennett.com that Jose Baez appeared at a news conference with Casey in October of 2008.  He and Casey were claiming then that Caylee was missing, and Casey was wearing a “Find Caylee” button. (This link was on Richard Hornsby’s blog)  This begs the question: When exactly did Casey Anthony tell Jose Baez her version of the “real truth” that Caylee drowned on July 16th, 2008?  Did she first tell him Zenaida Gonzales took Caylee, and then later changed her story?  Will that information come out during the defense’s turn at bat.

Whatever the defense is getting ready to float down the river, I’m willing to bet the state still has a trick or two up their sleeves.  I’m guessing (hoping)  the state’s witness tomorrow will be a doozie.  Who will it be?  Your guess is as good as mine.

18 Comments leave one →
  1. offthecuff permalink
    June 14, 2011 6:39 am

    You raise good questions. Baez has always claimed to know that Casey is innocent. So when did he know about the “drowning”? Is it OK or expected that an attorney will lie for his client? Did he allow the foundation charade to continue under the ruse of a missing Caylee? If he knew early on about the accident, he would have known that it was just an accident and that his client could be free. Even after Dec 08, he could’ve fought for the accident theory and got her charges reduced.

    How about when they went to court about the forgery and theft, couldn’t he have fought for her accident story then?

  2. Carol in VA permalink
    June 14, 2011 6:53 am

    Good mornin’. I don’t buy into any of this s__t. Remember, Baez told the investigator “don’t call me if you find the body.” All involved are liars.

  3. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 14, 2011 7:29 am

    offthecuff

    I wonder if Baez really thought this through before announcing that Caylee had been dead all along? Did he have some kind of monumental brain fart and completely forgot all the jailhouse tapes and all the video he’s spouted his mouth off in? Seems to me that when this is all over he’s gonna have a lot of splainin’ to do. It also seems to me that Casey will have a heck of a good chance to claim inadequate counsel. There’s no excuse for allowing his client to sit in jail for 3 years when he could have gotten her off on lesser charges at the very beginning of all this. Plus, think of the money he could have saved the state of Florida!

  4. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 14, 2011 7:32 am

    Good morning, Carol!

    Baez also said it wasn’t in his client’s “best interest” to tell what happened or something like that. This man has used this case to further his career, but it’s gonna backfire. It may well destroy his career.

  5. sophie permalink
    June 14, 2011 8:15 am

    I agree that this story, if indeed remotely true (and by that I mean Casey ‘accidentally’ killed her daughter), was hidden by Baez in order to prolong this entire thing and keep himself in the limelight as long as possible. He is so vain, he wants to ‘win’ this, even though all odds say he cannot. But even if Casey goes to Death Row…he’s still a ‘winner’ financially. His name is out there for the nation, he’s a ‘celebrity’ attorney now. He saw the potential for this the minute he met Casey.

    He’s got the book almost completely written, you just know it. Imagine all the books that will come out at the same time once this is over. Who’s would we be inclined to shell out money for? I’m wondering who’s going to play Casey in the Lifetime movie of the week. How many movies were made about Long Island Lolita? At least two. There’ll be a few about Casey as well.

  6. Shoshanna permalink
    June 14, 2011 8:33 am

    And what about the Gatorade bottle found near Caylee’s remains that had a syringe in it? And Jesse Grund? I’m really shocked that the prosecution is ending their case today. It seems premature to me but, judging from the meticulous way they’ve handled it up till now, I have to think that there’s a good reason
    and maybe a surprise or two down the pike. I certainly hope so, and I also hope that the last witness
    will be a doozy – although I have no idea who it might be.

    I’ve said for a while now that I think Cindy made some kind of agreement with the state that, in exchange for her truthful, non-hostile appearance as a witness, the fight of June 15th would not be mentioned. Now I’m
    even more convinced of that. This case never fails to amaze me.

  7. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 14, 2011 8:56 am

    sophie

    I have no doubt that Jose Baez will be a regular on the talk show circuit (I imagine his buddy, Geraldo, will be his first stop. He may be “famous” when this is all over, but I think it will be more like “infamous.” Who would hire this man to defend them after this?

  8. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 14, 2011 9:04 am

    Shoshanna

    It is evident that the people the prosecution but on as witnesses are her newer friends. I’m not sure why. I would have thought they would have used the friend that babysat for her for free while she was “going to work”. She found out later that she had been duped. Several of her old friends could talk about how controlling Cindy was with her and how desperately she wanted out of that house. (all going to motive)

    What about Cindy’s mother who said that Casey hated Cindy more than she loved Caylee?

    As for the syringe in the Gatorade bottle, I’m thinking the prosecution couldn’t possibly prove it was with Caylee. There was a lot of trash around.

  9. mikka permalink
    June 14, 2011 9:12 am

    itsamystery good to seee ya!
    love this video,perry told teh defense he dont cant trust them ,from teh sidebar

    http://www.clickorlando.com/video/28227726/index.html

  10. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 14, 2011 9:26 am

    Wow, Mikka! Mason said “We don’t have any obligation to put on any evidence at all and you just told the jurors that you expect us to be putting on evidence. And we may or may not.” Perry then said, “Then, you lied to me.”

    Mason went on to say they really were going to put on evidence, but he wants Judge Perry to tell the jury they don’t have to. Well, technically, Mason is, of course, right. The defense is not required to put on any evidence, It’s the prosecution’s obligation to prove the defense’s client is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but Baez has repeatedly said they will be so I can see where the judge’s frustration is coming from.

  11. nancy permalink
    June 14, 2011 11:03 am

    Hi Mystery!

    The one witness I was waiting to see is Dominic Casey, he was also given immunity. For him to testify that Cindy Anthony sent him that day to the woods to find Caylee’s body would be a major bombshell in my view. Remember him poking holes with that metal rod trying to locate the body and saying that “it should be around here.” I recall that whole incident was around November of 2008, just before Caylee was found. (Not to mention the “little meeting incidents” between Cindy and Dominic). I also thought about Kiomarie Cruz and the whole pet cemetery thing they used to do when they were younger. I agree that the State has some interesting things to present at rebuttal and it’s going to be good! Thanks for a great post Mystery!

    JUSTICE FOR CAYLEE!!!!

  12. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 14, 2011 12:59 pm

    Nancy

    I too would have liked to hear Dominic Casey, but I don’t think he will be on the stand. For one thing, he could tell some not so flattering things about Jose. (Jose told him if he found the body don’t call 911 for just one example) He would also put Cindy in such a bad light that it would most likely turn the jury against her. The prosecution needs Cindy’s testimony.

    Wouldn’t surprise me if the state goes after Baez once this is over, and I think that’s where DC would have the most impact. But, hey! I could be wrong and he could be on the stand after the break!

  13. offthecuff permalink
    June 14, 2011 2:41 pm

    Why this line-up today? Couldn’t they have CIndy testify this morning or the photographer or Bobby? Why put things off until this afternoon?

  14. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 14, 2011 8:02 pm

    Good question! IDK other than maybe they had a certain way they wanted it to all end (with the tattoo guy)

  15. niftyrosa1 permalink
    June 14, 2011 10:54 pm

    The prosecutors are still allowed to cross-examinate yes? Cant wait for the Baez to speak…. THRU THE LIES THEY WILL TELL SOME TRUTH FOR THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND CANNOT BE FOOLED. It aint over yet.

  16. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 14, 2011 10:57 pm

    niftyrosa1

    yes, they will

  17. Shoshanna permalink
    June 15, 2011 9:22 am

    If it turns out that Roy Kronk’s story is true, as he professes it to be, can he sue Jose Baez for defamation of character?

  18. itsamysterytome permalink*
    June 15, 2011 1:33 pm

    Shoshanna–I don’t think so. But, if Casey’s attorneys literally made up their story, they could be disbarred. The story has to come from the defendant.

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