Imaginary Friends, Real Emotions
Posted by thedarwinexception on June 1, 2011
Today Cindy Anthony retook the stand to testify against her daughter. And I gotta tell ya, I don’t care what you think of Cindy Anthony, or how you think little Caylee Anthony died. No matter if you think that Cindy is an idiot, or a denier, or a grieving grandmother, or a fool, today was a heartbreaking thing to watch. Ad just as I thought it couldn’t get any worse than the description of Cindy Anthony wiping Caylees’ favorite dolls head and face down with Clorox wipes, we got to that third 911 call. Rarely have I seen anyone break down on the stand the way Cindy did – and it was an interesting study in character when contrasted with her daughter’s stoic demeanor from just feet away.
I don’t necessarily get along with my mother all that well. We have “issues”, but I gotta tell ya, if that had been my mother on the stand, breaking down and in such obvious pain as Cindy was feeling, I would have been hard pressed not to stop the proceedings, stand up and say “STOP!! Don’t make my mother go through all this again – I did it, I’m guilty, just get her off the stand!” And like I said, I don’t even like my mother all that much.
But, of course, Casey didn’t even look like she was thinking any such thing – she was composed all through Cindy’s heart wrenching testimony, looking more angry than upset, and a little inconvenienced for even having to go through this – much the same stark contrast that the jury heard on the third 911 call, when Cindy was obviously distraught, worried and upset, and a nonchalant Casey got on the phone with the dispatcher managing a chipper “Hello!” and a polite “I’m Sorry?” when she didn’t quite hear the dispatcher’s question.
And this is one reason why I wouldn’t make a good juror. Having to watch all this up close and personal, I’d more than likely stand up at this point and say “Your honor, I have just made up my mind as to the defendant’s guilt or innocence, and I’d like to recuse myself from jury duty at this time. Thank You.”
The day began with Mark Lippman, Lee Anthony’s attorney, asking the judge if Lee can be excluded from the sequestration rule and be present in the courtroom during testimony. The state has no problem with this, the defense objects and argues that an Uncle of the victim is not next of kin, as one is generally required to be to be excluded from the sequestration rule when the defense objects. The defense also argues that there has “obviously” been some impact on and “coloring of” George’s testimony in light of his being in the courtroom during other testimony. The judge rules that since both sides have had a chance to depose Lee Anthony, and were present at the deposition of Lee, that there should not be a problem with :coloring of” any subsequent testimony. Any differences in his testimony can be impeached by his prior statements.
The judge reads off some of the things that were asked of Lee at the deposition, and asks Mr. Mason what testimony he believes would be “colored” by his presence in the courtroom, and Mr. Mason says he doesn’t know what the state will ask Lee Anthony.
Mr. Lippman then points out case law that addresses extended family members being excluded fromt eh sequestration rule.
The judge grants this request by Mr. Lippman and allows Lee to be present, ruling that there is no evidence that would suggest his testimony would be colored. The judge also puts on the record that he has looked over George Anthony’s testimony from the grand jury in camera, and that he has found nothing that is inconsistent with the testimony given here in the trial.
After this short hearing, Cindy Anthony retakes the stand to continue her direct testimony. The judge reminds the jury that they had agreed on Saturday in a bench conference that the state would be allowed to lead Cindy Anthony in some of the more “delicate areas” of her testimony. Baez agrees that this is all right, as long as the testimony the state is leading the witness in is relevant.
Linda Drane Burdick picks up her time line testimony of the witness in the same place she left it on Saturday- with July 3rd. In the evening hours of this date, Cindy had created a MySpace page titled “My Caylee is Missing”, with a paragraph intended for Casey, but, unbeknownst to Cindy, available to be read by anyone who stopped by the page. Cindy says that sometime in the next few days she spoke to Casey about the MySpace page, and the issues she had addressed in the paragraph meant for Casey. Cindy says that the title of the page in referring to Caylee as “missing”, meant only that she was “missing in my heart”, but that she still fully believed that Caylee was with Casey and that Casey knew where she was.
Cindy expressed in the posting on the MySpace page that she felt Casey had “betrayed” her by leaving so suddenly and with no warning and without talking to Cindy about why she was leaving. Cindy also mentioned some “jealousy” issues that had long been a bone of contention between her and Casey. Casey’s ex-fiance, Jesse Grund, had brought the jealous feelings Casey had towards Cindy up to Cindy when he and Casey were together. Cindy says that when she spoke to Casey about these feelings, Casey said that she just needed time away, that Casey was not punishing Cindy by not allowing her to speak to Caylee, and that Casey was not upset with her, and she denied any jealous feelings she had towards Cindy. Casey told her mother that this was really about Jeff Hopkins, and that seeing him again and spending time with him had rekindled a lot of Casey’s feelings for him, and that someday Casey would find someone, leave the house and be on her own, and that Cindy had to get used to this idea. Cindy said that when Casey told her this, she realized that she was being selfish, and she decided that she wouldn’t press her daughter on the matter any further, and just allow her to be away, on her own, without pressure from her.
Cindy said that after this conversation, she backed off, and learned how to text, and started just texting Casey to make sure she was OK, still asking to speak to Caylee, but not pressuring Casey too much. Cindy never did get a chance to speak to Caylee, she was always elsewhere – at the beach, with Jeff’s mother, on a boat, napping, just always “unavailable”.
Casey said that she would be home the weekend after the 4th of July. Jeff first had to take her car to his mechanic, because the gas gauge was broken and the brakes needed to be looked at. The repairs needed eventually turned into a part needing to be ordered, so the “weekend” turned into “Monday or Tuesday” that she would be home.
Cindy testifies that George asked all the time if Cindy had spoken to Casey, and he was just as concerned as Cindy with Caylee being gone so long. Cindy says that she told George to just leave Casey be, especially after the conversation she and Casey had about Casey needing time away and the explanation that she wanted to re-kindle her relationship with Jeff.
After not seeing Casey as expected the weekend after the 4th of July, Cindy received a text message from Casey saying that she would be in Jacksonville another weekend, because that Sunday Jeff’s mother, Jules, was having an impromptu wedding. The wedding was to take place at the hospital chapel, and Casey would be home Monday, July 14th.
On Monday July 14th, Casey said that Jeff was getting the car packed and ready to go, he also was returning to Orlando as the same time as Casey, and would be driving his own car, as well. They should arrive on Tuesday, July 15th.
On Sunday, July 13th, George and Cindy were working in the front yard, and that is when Cindy found the yellow notice on the door, informing them they had a certified letter at the post office. She brought the notice to George, and although the notice said the letter was from “Johnson’s”, neither of them knew who “Johnson’s” was. George said he would pick up the letter the next day, Monday, on his way to work.
Cindy was still expecting Casey (and Jeff), to be home on Tuesday the 15th. Cindy worked that day, and George did as well.
George called Cindy around lunchtime on the 15th of July telling her that he had picked up the letter from the post office, and he told her that Casey’s car wasn’t in Jacksonville, it was in Orlando at Johnson’s Wrecker Service’s lot. Cindy called Casey and told her that she had a lot of explaining to do, because according to this notice Cindy had just received, her car had been sitting at this lot in Orlando for a couple of weeks. Casey offered no explanation. Cindy told Casey to come home.
George went to the tow yard, and the tow yard said the bill was $488, and that since both names were on the title George and Cindy both had to be there. Cindy went and got money from an ATM and met George at home, leaving work early.
When George got access to the car, he drove to the front where Cindy was, and told her they needed to get home right away with the car because it stank. George drove the car home, and pulled it into the garage. They opened all the doors, the trunk, the sunroof, and when Cindy got out of her car and finally got near Casey’s, she made the comment “What died in the car?” George then explained to her about the garbage he found in the trunk. George took the battery out of the car, fearful that Casey would come back and just take the car without talking to them.
After George went to work, Cindy noticed that Caylee’s favorite doll was sitting in the car seat, where Caylee would have sat, and that Caylee’s backpack was in the trunk, with diapers, her toothbrush and other items of Caylee’s in it. Cindy took Caylee’s things out of the car, along with Casey’s “work purse”.” Cindy took Caylee’s doll, placed it on the ice chest that was in the garage, and wiped it down with Clorox wipes because it smelled like the car. She then sprayed the doll and the interior of the car with Febreeze. She also looked inside f Caylee’s little backpack, taking some of the items out and just holding them – “just because….” Then she returned the items to the backpack.
Cindy then explained her use of the phrase “what died” – saying that she used it as just an expression, not as an evaluation of what the smell really smelled like. Cindy does have experience with rotting and decomposing flesh, as a nurse she debrades a lot of burn patients and amputees, and has smelled their flesh when it begins to rot, but at the time she smelled the car, It did not actually cross her mind that anything had actually died in the car.
Cindy also says that she placed a dryer sheet in the car, although Linda Drane Burdick points out that in earlier statements, Cindy had said she didn’t place the dryer sheet in the car. Cindy explains that she was on medication at the time, and extremely stressed, and that it’s only now, with more “flashbacks” to that day, that she can remember everything she did.
Cindy left the car in the garage with all the windows, doors, sunroof and hoods open. She closed the garage door and went to work, speaking to a couple of co-workers about he situation. Her boss told her to go home, and Cindy did after being at work for an hour or an hour and a half. Cindy explained that her co-workers were also close to Caylee, having seen her at Cindy’s job since the time she was born. They knew of Caylee’s absence from Cindy’s home, just from idle chatter, and talk. They were all concerned, and told Cindy that they would cover for her if she left.
Cindy says that one of the items she took out of the car was Casey’s “Work purse” and it was in this purse after she came home from work that she found manila envelope containing resumes that belonged to Casey’s friend Amy Huizanga. On these resumes, she found Amy’s phone number, and because Casey was not returning Cindy’s numerous calls texts, Cindy called Amy asking if she knew where Casey was, and telling her that she hadn’t seen Caylee in weeks. Amy was cooperative, telling Cindy that she had just seen Casey a few hours before, that Casey had picked her up from the airport, and that she knew right where Casey was. Cindy went to Amy’s to pick her up and Amy directed Cindy to Tony Lazzaro’s apartment. Cindy says she had never met or heard of Tony before. Cindy was surprised that Amy seemed to know right where to go – Tony’s apartment was in the back of the complex, but Amy went right to it.
Once at Tony Lazzaro’s Cindy used Amy to lure Casey from the apartment. Cindy didn’t think that Casey would come out or even answer the door if she saw her mother, so she waited in the background until Casey exited the apartment with Amy.
Cindy immediately asked Casey what she was doing there, and told Casey that she needed to talk to her. She asked Casey where Caylee was, and Casey said she was at the nanny’s. Cindy went into the apartment briefly, after Casey agreed to go with Cindy “to talk”, but smelling all the cigarette smoke in the apartment, she knew that Caylee wouldn’t be “in that environment”.
When Casey said that Caylee was at the nanny’s, Cindy told her “well, we need to go and get her, because we all need to sit down and talk.” Casey reluctantly agreed to leave with Cindy, put her sandals on, and left with Cindy. She didn’t take her purse or her cell phone, telling Cindy she didn’t need to, because she was coming back to Tony’s. Cindy said that was fine, but not until they had all their issues resolved and she had seen Caylee.
Cindy, Amy and Casey then got into Cindy’s car, and Amy directed Cindy where to drive to drop her back off at her house. Cindy said she didn’t rally question Casey when Amy was in the car, and she didn’t want to embarrass Casey or Amy.
Once Amy got out of the car, Cindy and Casey sat and talked for a while. They had dropped Amy off at the top of her street and were parked, watching her walk to her condo. Cindy told Casey that she needed to start answering some questions and Casey told her mother she would take her to see Caylee. She then brought her mother on a wild goose chase, going up and down streets, around and around, and then Casey started making excuses as to why it wouldn’t be a good idea for her mother to see Caylee, until Cindy realized that she wasn’t getting any closer to seeing her granddaughter, and she wasn’t getting answers to any of the questions she was asking like “what’s going on with the car – why was it at the tow yard?” and once Casey started telling her mother to bring her back to Tony’s, Cindy got more and more frustrated, and she started driving home.
On the way to the house, she noticed the police substation, and she told Casey that if Casey wasn’t going to give her any answers, she was going to get help to get the answers, and she pulled into an Orange County Police Substation, and started to get out of the car to ask an officer for help in locating her granddaughter, and then realized that the substation was closed.
Once back in the car, Cindy told Casey that this was her last chance to tell Cindy what was going on, that if she didn’t start talking, Cindy was going to call the police. When Casey had no satisfying response, and simply brought up old issues that they had had, and they started arguing, Cindy called 911 from the car.
The state then plays that initial 911 call, and introduces it into evidence, after the jury is dismissed for another hearing and jury instruction. The judge instructs the jury that the 911 tapes are being introduced only for the limited purpose of assessing the witnesses demeanor and state of mind, that they are to be taken as an excited utterance, and that the 911 rapes are not to be taken as the proof of the matter or regarded as proof of anything that is contained in the calls. The jury is also to disregard Cindy’s statements on the tapes alluding to the fact that she wants her daughter arrested for theft of an auto and money, and that the defendant is only charged with the crimes in the indictment.
In this call, Cindy tells the officer that she is at a substation, gives them her residence address, and they tell her she needs to go to the Sheriff, that her address is in their jurisdiction. Cindy decides that rather than drive somewhere else, she will take Casey home, and call from there if she needs to.
In the background of this call, you can hear Cindy and Casey arguing some more. Cindy tells Casey that her next step is going to be to go to Child/Family Court, for a court order, and Casey responds by saying that she needs another day. Cindy tells her no, she’s already given her a month and she isn’t getting another day.
After the County Police tell Cindy that she needs to call the sheriff, or go to the Sheriff’s substation, Cindy decides to bring Casey back to the house.
Cindy says that she never called George after picking up Casey, but that on the way home, when she was a few seconds from the house, Lee called her, saying that George had called him with the news that something was happening at the house, and he should go to the house. Cindy told him she was just moments away.
Once home, Casey flew out of the car, ran past Lee and went into the house. Cindy and Lee followed her in, and Cindy explained to Lee what was going on, and that Casey was refusing to tell her where Caylee was. Lee said that he would like them all to sit down together, talk, let Casey relax and perhaps he could get some answers from her. Casey kept insisting that Caylee was a the nanny’s, and Cindy told her that Caylee didn’t need to be there anymore, so they needed to just go and get Caylee. Casey kept insisting that they would only disrupt Caylee’s sleep if they did that, and Cindy told her not to worry, that if her sleep was disrupted Cindy would be up with her, and would even take the next day off of work if that became necessary. Casey disregarded this offer, and still wouldn’t say where exactly Caylee was, or bring her mother to Caylee, so Cindy finally got frustrated enough to call the police.
This second phone call is then played to the jury and placed into evidence.
Cindy then tells the jury that Casey actually had permission to drive the car she reported as stolen to the police. She says the police did not immediately respond after this call – it seemed like “forever” before they came. In the interim, she continued to try to talk to Casey, who was sitting in her bedroom with Lee. Cindy was going in and out of the room, keeping an eye out for the police. On one of the times that she was going back and forth, she overheard the conversation between Casey and Lee, and she heard Casey tell Lee that Caylee had actually been missing for the last 31 days, that Zanny had taken her. Cindy said that at this time, she completely lost it. She stormed into the room, screaming and yelling, cursing at Casey, hitting the bed, demanding to know why Casey hadn’t told her this before. Crying out “What do you mean she’s been gone?” Cindy says she then ran out of the room to call the police again.
The third call (the second one to 911) is then played and placed into evidence.
Cindy Anthony completely and utterly breaks down on the stand while this call is played. She immediately asks the judge for a break when the tape is completed.
After the break, Cindy re-takes the stand. She says that the realization that Caylee was missing shocked her and her husband. She says that she remembers breaking down and George holding her so she wouldn’t collapse. Cindy says the rest of that day is a blur.
The prosecution then plays and enters into evidence Casey’s first phone call home after she was arrested.
After the lunch break, Baez begins his cross examination of Cindy. He begins by asking her his standard cross examinations questions – asking Cindy if she ever saw Casey beat, neglect or torture her daughter. Cindy says no, she didn’t, and says that she raised Casey to be a loving, honest person, and that Casey was loving with Caylee. He also asks Cindy if she and Casey are “just alike”. She says “somewhat”., adding that Casey had a quick maternal instinct when Caylee was born, and that she had experienced the same thing with her own children. She says Caylee adored Casey, her eyes would light up whenever she saw Casey, and followed her everywhere and wouldn’t sleep without her. She testifies that Caylee never really had separation anxiety when Cindy was there to take care of her and Casey left.
Baez then gets into the whole “how could you have not known she was pregnant” thing. Cindy testifies that Casey always had “women issues”, and that she would get bloated when she had her period. She admits that at her brother’s wedding, her brother asked her If Casey was pregnant, because Casey had said she was sick and had to go lay down. Cindy says that both she and George said that no, she wasn’t pregnant. Cindy chalked the whole thing up to “bloating” and “being sedentary at work”. Baez then asks her to look at hr daughter, who has been quite “sedentary” the last three years you know, being in prison and all, and asks Cindy if she looks bloated and pregnant now, in light of her current sedentary lifestyle.
He asks Casey to stand up so her mother can judge her belly, and testify as to whether or not it is protruding, and after a brief side bar, the judge rules that she can stand up and Cindy can look at her. Cindy says that she doesn’t know what kind of activities Casey can participate in right now, and she does know that Casey isn’t eating., but Casey stands and faces her mother, and then at her mother’s urging, she turns sideways. Casey looks thin, and this little demonstration seems to explain why she’s dressed in a skin tight shirt today.
Cindy said that when Casey finally went to the doctor, it was because Cindy thought she may have had an ovarian cyst because of her bloating, abdominal pain and irregular periods. She said that when Casey finally went to the doctor, she found out that she was pregnant, and told Cindy of her pregnancy a few days later. After a couple of visits to the regular doctor, she was referred to a gynecologist. This was the first time Casey had ever seen a gynecologist, despite he fact that she was 19 years old at this time – and despite the fact that her mother – a nurse – was concerned that she may have had an ovarian cyst. Cindy testified that Casey started her period at age 10 and Cindy never took Casey to the gynecologist, because it could be traumatic for a young girl to see one.
Baez then asks Cindy who Caylee’s father is. Cindy testifies that unlike George, she asked Casey right away who Caylee’s father was. She was first told it was Jesse Grund, but that this was later disproved. She says after that Casey told her it was a man named “Eric Baker”, a man who was 2 years younger than Casey, and that he was from Kentucky, North Carolina or some place like that. She said that she had been with this guy around the same time she was dating Jesse, that Eric had come into town upset about some girlfriend, and that it just happened. Eric was out of state and back in a relationship with his girlfriend when Casey learned she was pregnant. Cindy says she made no attempt to locate or meet Eric Baker.
Later on, about a week or 2 after Caylee’s second birthday, Casey called Cindy at work hysterical, saying that Caylee’s father had been killed in a car accident, that she had just learned this information, and that Caylee had a half brother.
Jose Baez then asks Cindy about Jeff Hopkins, the man that Casey told her she was with in Jacksonville, the rich, stable, handsome man Casey thought could be “the one”. Cindy says that Casey was engaged to Jesse, around Valentine’s Day 2006, and Casey started having “issues” with Jesse. Casey said that Jeff was an employee of Nickelodeon Studios, someone she worked with, and that she was confiding in Jeff about her issues with Jesse. Over the course of a period of time, Casey would say different things about Jeff, how he had a son a year older than Caylee, Zachary. Cindy says that she saw a photo of Jeff and Zachary on Casey’s cell phone a few months later. Baez asks Cindy if she realizes now that Jeff Hopkins never existed – Cindy says she wasn’t sure if Jeff existed or not, but that if Baez is telling her now that he doesn’t exist, then she believes him. Baez asks her if she is aware that Law Enforcement looked for Jeff Hopkins, and that Jeff Hopkins never worked for Universal Studios.
Cindy then goes through some of the failed meetings between Jeff Hopkins, his family, and her family, and Cindy admits that she never met Jules, Jeff’s supposed mother with cancer and the impromptu wedding, never met Zachary, never met Jeff, and never even spoke with any of them.
Cindy also testifies that Zachary’s mother, like Caylee’s father, was supposedly deceased. Cindy then explains that according to Casey, Jeff took custody of Zachary when Zachary was two years old, that Jeff never knew he had a son, but once the mother of the child died, Jeff was located and told, and he then obtained custody of the child.
Casey wanted to move in with Jeff Hopkins, and dreamed of this ideal little family. Cindy testified that this was Casey’s hope.
Cindy testified that there were many times when plans to get together with Jeff and his family fell though – always on the day of the get together “something came up” – there were times when she made meals, bought food, waited at venues – always at the last minute the plans would be canceled.
Cindy testifies she told her friends and co-workers of Casey’s boyfriend Jeff. Baez asks her outright “Did it ever occur to you Cindy, that these people weren’t real?” And she shakes her head and says “No.”
And all of this was long before June 16th, 2008. And Cindy had already been hearing these stories of these imaginary people, although, as she says, she did not realize they were imaginary.
Baez then asks about Juliette Lewis, the imaginary friend who worked at the imaginary job of Casey’s. Baez goes through the entire litany with this imaginary character – how Casey met her, what Casey said she looked like, what Casey said about her life, and her imaginary child, Annabelle’s, life. He asks Cindy if she had any evidence that this character ever existed. Cindy says that when she would mention to Caylee about Annabelle, Caylee seemed to know who Annabelle was. But other than that, no, Cindy had never seen Juliette, or spoken to her, or seen a picture of her – or her daughter Annabelle.
Baez then asks about Raquel Ferrell, the imaginary roommate of the imaginary nanny. Again, he goes through the litany of how Casey met her, what Casey said she looked like, what Casey said about her life, how she wove this imaginary character into her web of stories and lies, and Cindy again admits that no, she has no evidence that this person ever existed, she never met her, she never spoke to her, she never saw a picture of her, and plans to meet her, like plans with Juliette, always seemed to get canceled at the very last minute.
Baez then asks about the ultimate imaginary friend in Casey’s life – Zanny the Nanny. Cindy says she never saw a picture of Zanny, but that Cindy said she was a perfect 10 – as beautiful outside as she was in. Cindy says she never spoke to Zanny, either. She first heard of Zanny at the same time she first heard of Jeff Hopkins. Zanny was his girlfriend at the time, and lived in the same apartment complex as Jeff, and Jeff offered her services as a fill in babysitter for Caylee, if Casey ever needed someone.
Cindy says that although she wasn’t home to see Casey pack Caylee’s things to go to spend the day with Zanny, she was often home when they came in after the day was done, and Caylee had, once or twice, talked about things that happened at Zanny’s. And Casey told Cindy often about Zanny’s life – Zanny would have to move, her mom was ill, Zanny had another part time job, Zanny and Jeff broke up, her mother Gloria had heart issues, Zanny’s sister Samantha who was married with children….Casey would talk about her just like any other friend, and that’s what Cindy considered her.
Of course, Cindy never met any of these people, or spoke to them, or ever saw a picture of them, or had any evidence that they actually existed.
Baez then sums this all up by asking Cindy if she has any evidence, over the course of the last three years, that any of these people are anything but imaginary. Cindy says that she just found out that they were all imaginary. Up until 6 weeks ago – she was still looking for Zanny. She and George went to apartments in New York looking for Zanny, they went to Puerto Rico looking for Zanny, they set up tip lines, they followed up and went to California looking for Zanny. They had private detective Dominick Casey looking for and following up on Zanny leads.
Baez asks Cindy if it ever occurred to her over all of these years that these stories and these people were not real. Cindy says no, it never occurred to her. Baez asks if that’s why over these 31 days, she continued to believe Casey’s stories, and she says that Casey had never given her any reason not to believe her.
Cindy did tell law enforcement at one time, that she thought that Zanny could actually be Amy or Ricardo Morales. She says that it was one of the FBI agents that actually speculated about this. She also says that yes, she gave law enforcement Zanny’s phone number. Or, more correctly, she gave Law enforcement what she thought was Zanny’s number. That number was actually one of Casey’s other friends.
They then talk about Cindy’s home, and whether or not she told law enforcement that Caylee could get out of the house quite easily. She says that she might have told them that, and she also remembers telling law enforcement about “the ladder incident”, that on June 16th when she came home from work, she found the ladder attached to the pool and the side gate open. She had no idea who had been in the pool – she and George weren’t home, and as far as she knew, neither was Casey. She was concerned enough about this incident that she told co-workers about it. And she told Law Enforcement that she was concerned that maybe Casey forgot to take the ladder down. But she remembers specifically that she took the ladder down on the 15th when she and Caylee were done swimming.
Baez then asks about Cindy letting Mark Fuhrman and Seth Watts into her home. She remembers, and says that although she let them in “to help”, she didn’t realize that Mr. Fuhrman was working for Greta Van Susteren at the time. She gave both of them a tour of the back yard and Baez asks if she told them that she forgot to take the ladder down. She denies she told them this.
He then asks Cindy if on the16th, she received an abnormal number of calls that she was unable to answer from Casey at around 4:00. (There were 6 calls in 4 minutes). Cindy says this was a Monday and she was very busy at work, but looking back, that it was a large number of calls.
Baez then talks about the car – and has Cindy again testify that she knew that what she was smelling was garbage, and that the phrasing she used “smells like something died” and “smells like a dead body” were just phrases she used. Baez has her testify that in the first two calls she made to the police she never told them about the smell of he car. Cindy says no, she just used the car and the fact that it had been stolen as an excuse for the police. She says that she might have used that phrase “smells like a dead body in the car” just to make the police come more quickly than they seemed to be coming.
Baez then plays a short portion of the third 911 call – the part where George is coming home from work and Cindy tells him that Caylee is missing. Baez points out that when she tells George that Caylee is missing, George is not heard on the tape saying anything more than “What?” Cindy says that she was yelling to George as he was getting out of the car – he parked on the street. Baez also has Cindy testify that George never participated in the questioning of Casey. Cindy says that George was not home until the 3rd 911 call – and that shortly after he came home, the Sheriff’s arrived. He never had the opportunity to question Casey.
Baez also points out that Cindy made an error in the 911 call – she said Caylee was missing since June 7th, and she really wasn’t “missing” until the 16th. Cindy says she just got the dates wrong. She got the dates wrong in her written statement, as well. Law Enforcement were actually the ones who noticed the error in the dates, after seeing the video from the nursing home. Cindy didn’t want law enforcement going to the nursing home to verify the dates of the video and upsetting her parents.
Cindy says she is no longer working as a registered nurse – she is on disability, as a result of this case. She says she doesn’t have a financial interest in this case, although she has started a foundation called the Caylee Marie Anthony Foundation. She says that she has trademarked Caylee’s name, and that no, she hasn’t made any money on this case, in fact, she has lost a lot of money on this case. She admits she has sold photos in the past – she got $20,000 for some pictures sold to CBS. She says her former attorney set up that deal so he could get paid. He got $6,000 from that deal, the rest she used to pay bills. She said a book deal had been set up by the same former attorney. They flew to NY to discuss that. She says that currently she has no media deals in association with this case.
On redirect, Cindy says that while yes, she testified that Caylee was also provided with food, clothing and shelter, those were, indeed, items provided by her, not Casey. Cindy says she liked to spoil Caylee with clothes, and the house where Caylee lived was her house.
Cindy also says that Casey’s weight has fluctuated in jail. Cindy says that when she found out that Casey was pregnant and Casey told her that the father was Jesse Grund, that she told George that Casey had identified the father as such.
Cindy says that the “ladder incident” where the gate was open and the ladder was attached to the pool was something she told co-workers about, and she told them that this occurred a few days before the gas can incident.
Cindy says the gate can only be opened from the inside of the yard, if the gate is locked. Cindy says she has no idea if the gate was locked during that week, although she nor George unlocked it, and Caylee couldn’t unlock it, so that leaves Casey as the only one who could have.
Cindy then testifies that the smell of the car when they went to pick it up was the same as the smell of rotting flesh she had smelled before, only worse, because the car was a bigger area.
Addressing the portion of the tape played by Baez during cross, the part where Cindy can be heard telling George that Caylee is missing, Linda Drane Burdick asks Cindy what George did say at that time. Cindy says she doesn’t remember what he said, she only remembers running to him and practically collapsing in the driveway as she did. She said George held her and was the only thing that kept her from falling. Cindy says George was quite upset and had a similar reaction to hers.
Cindy says she copyrighted Caylee’s name to prevent exploitation of the name by strangers.
Cindy then says that the lies and the imaginary friends and the wild stories all started after Caylee was born. They were usually in the context of who was caring for Caylee or why Casey wasn’t home. Except for some of the Jeff stories, which was in the context of a potential suitor.
On re-cross, Baez asks about the smell of the car. Cindy had said it was nothing like she had smelled before. Cindy explains that the car smelled like rotting flesh – that’s the closest thing she could equate it to. She didn’t call police then because she had been told it was garbage.
She says George had a similar reaction to hers – but Baez says that everyone could hear her reaction on the 911 tape – no one could hear George’s.
Drane-Burdick had said on re-direct that all these lies started when Caylee was born – but Baez brings out on cross that Cindy had a graduation party planned for Casey. Invited people – and the day before graduation day, Casey’s guidance counselor called to inform Cindy and George that Casey had never made up a ¼ credit in English she needed to make up that George and Cindy were under the impression she had completed. Baez asks Cindy what would have happened if this counselor had not called – and Cindy says they would have gone to graduation.
And this was before Caylee was born. Cindy looks pissed about this testimony.
Cindy leaves the stand and there are hearings about whether or not Casey’s criminal record (6 felonies) can be entered into evidence. The judge is going to let Baez argue this in the morning – but he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of keeping it out, since this very Judge’s prior ruling was affirmed by the Florida Supreme Court, and this is the ruling the state is relying on to get the information in. Good Luck, Jose.
The only other witness called today was Amy Huizanga. Baez doesn’t have her file. He thought she was in Barcelona. The judge bitches at him because he gave Baez a place to store files – and he says that if they have to stop early today because Baez doesn’t have a file, the judge is going to work them a whole day Saturday. The judge explains that the jury wanted to work Memorial Day and for various reasons the attorneys didn’t, and that he is not going to waste any of this jury’s time. Baez has five minutes to get the file.
Whether or not Baez found her file, Amy finally gets on the stand. She says that she met Casey on New Year’s Eve, 2007, and they quickly became “very, very close friends”, who texted and talked to each other every single day. Ricardo Morales, an ex boyfriend of Casey’s, is one of Amy’s best friends. She is another one who Casey told she was an event coordinator at Universal. Although Amy saw no direct evidence of her employment.
Amy testifies that there were many times that Casey was not able to go out, maybe about once a week, because she had no one to babysit Caylee. Even though their “group” of friends had made plans to do things. Many times Casey would have to cancel. She said sometimes Caylee would be with Casey at Ricardo’s, and that Casey was always attentive to Caylee, and Caylee was always put to bed at a reasonable time. Amy was aware of the break up of Casey and Ricardo – although it was an “off again/on again” kind of break u. Huizenga also said there were a lot of times in May 2008 that Casey would get frustrated when her mother could not watch Caylee.
In May, 2008, Amy learned that the apartment she shared with Troy Brown was going to be sold. She said Casey researched apartments and she thought that they had found something, but at the last minute, Casey said it would not work out. Huizenga also said Casey told her she was going to take over mortgage payments of her family’s home in late June or July, and Amy could move in with her. Huizenga said they set up dates for moving trucks, but Casey later canceled, saying Cindy canceled the previous deal she had made with Casey.
Amy never met Cindy Anthony, although she often told Casey she would like to. It seemed like at the lat minute when they had plans to meet, something always came up. Amy thought it would nice to meet Casey’s mother, since she was going to be living with Casey and Caylee. She thought that Casey’s mother would probably want to at least meet her before she moved in with Cindy’s daughter and granddaughter.
The state shows Amy a transcript of a text conversation. It’s a message from Casey to Amy on May 3, 2008 at 11:10 saying “Downtown tomorrow? My mom owes me.” at 11:32 there is another message from Casey saying “This week I’m there – no way I’m staying home.” Amy says that these messages were a recurring theme in May, 2008.
Amy testifies that during this time period, the relationship between Casey and her mother was “Strained and hard” and Casey was continuously agitated with her mother. Casey told Amy that her mother had once told Casey that she was an unfit mother. Casey was extremely upset about that. Casey told Amy that she didn’t know why her mother said such things. Amy would hear the beginning or end of telephone conversations between Casey and her mother where they were arguing. Casey would say that her mother was crazy and Casey would say she needed her space.
After Amy wrecked her car in June, 2008, Casey was supposed to give Amy a ride to Jacksonville so Amy could purchase a car from Amy’s uncle. Casey was supposed to pick her up very early in the morning of June 13th. Casey never came to pick her up, saying she had a family emergency, and she was going to the hospital with her Dad. Later that night Casey asked Amy to go to Fusion with her.
Amy says that she gave Casey her resume to bring to Universal, since Amy really wanted to work there.
Amy said that Casey was having trouble with her car in June of 2008 – she had a few flat tires, she ran out of gas several times, and there was an extremely bad smell coming from her car. The state introduces another text message from Casey to Amy, this one dated June 27th 2008, saying “Definitely part of a dead animal plastered to the frame of my car.” Prior to this text message, Casey had told Amy that there was a horrible smell in her car, and that Casey thought maybe her dad had run over an animal when he borrowed the car. Then Casey sent her another message saying she ran out of gas, again. The third text message from that day said “I ran out of gas two weeks in a row on Friday – wow.” Casey told Amy she had parked the car at an Amscot, and she hoped it wouldn’t get towed.
On June 30th, Casey started staying with Amy. She had Tony’s car, hers was at the shop, she said. She wound up staying for a week. Amy knew that Casey’s boyfriend was leaving town, but they hadn’t discussed Casey’s living arrangements. Casey told Amy that there was stuff going on at home, her dad had cheated on her mother and her parent’s were on the brink of a divorce, and Casey wanted to keep Caylee out of that environment. Because of this, Casey was keeping Caylee away from her mother. Casey also said she wanted to move out, it was time for her to have her own life away from her parents.
At this same time was when Casey was telling Amy that they were eventually going to take over her parent’s house. Amy said that there were various move in dates, and various excuses at the last minute as to why they couldn’t move in. Landscaping issues, maintenance issues, workers at the house, Cindy backing out. Always the plans were canceled by Casey at the very last minute. Finally in July Casey told Amy that Cindy had taken back the deal from Bank of America – that there was a 30 day window when Cindy could do so – and she did.
Amy testifies about the 4th of July party at William Waters house. Casey had initially told Amy she couldn’t come because of Caylee. Amy told her to bring Caylee. During the week that Casey stayed with Amy, Casey always had excuses and reasons and explanations as to where Caylee was – at the beach, in Tampa, at the nanny’s. For the fourth of July party, Casey said that Caylee was at Sea World with the nanny.
On July 5th, Amy says she was awakened by a lot of tapping fingernails typing at the computer. Casey was happy because Tony was coming home that day.
On July 8th Amy left for Puerto Rico. This was a planned trip, she went with JP, Troy and Ricardo. Casey wanted to go with them, and was hoping to meet them there, but she couldn’t. Casey dropped Amy off at the airport when she left for her trip. She came back on the 15th, and Casey picked her up in Amy’s car. Amy dropped Casey off at Tony’s and went back to the airport to pick up the guys.
When Amy got home, she left with JP to go to the mall. While she was at the mall, she got a phone call from Cindy Anthony. Cindy was very scared. Amy had never spoken to Cindy before. Amy was surprised at the call, and cautious because Casey had said she was crazy.
Cindy came and picked Amy up, so that Amy could bring Cindy to Casey. On the way to Tony’s, Cindy and Amy made a plan that Amy would knock on the door and Cindy would hang back until Casey came out of the house.
Amy knocked on the door and the occupants shouted that the door was open, so Amy opened the door. Casey was seated on the couch and Amy motioned to Casey for her to come outside. When Casey came out, Cindy was down the landing from the door. Cindy was angry and very confrontational. There was a “massive explosion of mother and daughter”. Amy says that she was caught in the middle of them physically, but soon managed to get away. Amy says Cindy immediately asked where Caylee was, and Casey said she was with the nanny. Casey, with much persuasion, finally agreed to take Cindy to Caylee.
Finally Casey and Cindy came back to the car. They weren’t talking a lot on the way to bring Amy home. There were several questions from Cindy – mostly “where’s Caylee”, and Casey responded only with crossed arms and a glaring look.
Court is adjourned for the day at this point.