Casey Anthony update: Cindy testifies; Baez apologizes; judge gets tough (video)
Orlando, Fla. – On Friday, a hearing originally slated to last two days went to a third in the Casey Anthony case. During the hearing, Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, took the stand a second time, a defense attorney apologized to the court, and Judge Belvin Perry reprimanded Casey and was stern with legal counsel.
Casey is charged with the first-degree murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in the summer of 2008. The girl’s remains were discovered in December of that year in a wooded area near the Anthony family home.
Cindy testified Friday that investigators asked her family to go to Casey for information and circumvent her attorney, Jose Baez, in the process. She noted that law enforcement said they did not like the defense attorney.
“Sgt. Allen made it very clear to me and my husband in the very beginning that he didn’t trust Mr. Baez and didn’t like him,” said Cindy.
According to WFTV, during Cindy’s testimony, Casey “…seemed to console him [Baez] by patting him on the thigh. It seemed an awkward moment…”
To see Cindy testify, click here.
At one point in the hearing, Baez learned he would only receive a slap on the wrist after the defense and prosecution had reached a resolution regarding prosecution claims he was in contempt of court. Baez then apologized to both the prosecution and the court.
To see Baez’s apology, click here.
WFTV reports that Casey was about five minutes late for Friday’s hearing because the clothing she wore to the hearing was late arriving to the jail. Judge Perry was not pleased and chastised her saying, he would not wait for “clothes” to start the hearing. He also lectured attorneys regarding proper decorum in the courtroom.
To see Casey enter the courtroom, click here.
To see Judge Perry address the courtroom, click here.
In addition, lead detective Yuri Melich testified saying the Anthony family asked how they could bypass Baez when communicating with Casey and that investigators did not ask them to do so.
“They brought it up and asked for someone to go talk to her in that context we would say again we couldn’t talk to her. But if she reached out and wanted to talk to someone, we would make sure that happened,” said Melich.
To see part 1 of Melich’s testimony, click here.
To see part 2 of Melich’s testimony, click here.
Casey’s trial is slated to commence on May 9.
To prepare for Casey’s upcoming murder trial, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
In addition, links to a multitude of photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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