Once again, our Nan11 has applied the quill to the parchment and came up with a great post that follows. Thanks Nan, for all your help. J
Even though this was a long day of testimony and sidebars and arguments, a lot was accomplished.
The defense started by calling Krystal Holloway, aka River Cruz, as their first witness. Baez guided her through meeting and becoming friendly with George Anthony, and the possibility of their relationship developing a deeper meaning.
She was given a chance to explain her reason for lying under oath to law enforcement and for selling her ‘story’ to the Enquirer.
I thought Jeff Ashton’s cross-examination was skillful. He kept returning to the transcript of her statement given under oath, in which she stated that George said: ”it was an accident that snowballed out of control.” Further down in the same statement, she explained that George had added: ”I really believe that it was an accident and it just went wrong and she tried to cover it up.”
Afterward Judge Perry read a stipulation to the jury, in which he explained that the testimony of River Cruz should only be considered for the impeachment purposes of George Anthony’s earlier statements regarding their affair. It should not be used to give weight to how Caylee Marie Anthony died.
Second up was Dominic Casey. There was not much in the line of valuable testimony here that I could discern. Baez showed Dominic a Google map created by Luke Philips on Nov. 15, 2008. Philips’ had e-mailed this map to Mr. Casey later that evening and Mr. Casey used ‘pins’ to mark the area on Suburban Drive that he had searched earlier in the day.
Apparently when Mr. Casey had put the ‘pins’ on this map in 2008, his memory would have been fresher than it was when he testified a few days ago. On cross-examination, Mr. Frank George got Dominic Casey to say that nothing was to scale on the Google map.
Next the defense had the judge read a stipulation to the jury, which had been previously signed by Linda Drane Burdick. The stipulation was to enter the video from Click Orlando (WKMG) showing the roll of gray ‘Henkel’ duct tape lying on the table at one of the ‘command’ tent sites. The video was played for the jury.
Following this George, Cindy and Lee, all took the stand in rapid succession. After a short argument with Mr. Anthony over the location of the ‘tent’ and who owned the duct tape, Baez moved on to name many dogs and cats that George had enjoyed as pets over the course of his life. As these pets passed on, Baez was able to underscore a habit that George had perfected when burying his beloved animals: he would wrap them in a favourite blanket; apply duct tape to hold the blanket in place; and bury them in the backyard.
This became a family habit and Cindy next added that she would put the animal in a plastic garbage bag and apply duct tape in three places on the bag for a ‘seal’. She would add a favourite toy and Casey was allowed to watch and partake in the ‘service’ if she so wished.
Reluctant brother Lee also made an appearance and confirmed the family habit.
Right after lunch everyone’s hopes were dashed as Judge Perry had Miss Anthony stand and confirm that she had decided that she would not testify. She stated that she was not forced or pressured into making this decision and it was one she made freely and voluntarily.
Finally, the defense entered into evidence information from the manufacturers of the ‘Henkel’ brand duct tape.
The defense then rested their case.
Next, a rather hard fought battle occurred over whether or not the state would be allowed to enter newly received evidence from Gentiva—the former employer of Cindy Anthony. Besides the records, the state has two new witnesses they wish to call. In the end, Judge Perry did rule in the state’s favour, but the defense has the right to do a deposition and has issued a subpoena of their own for the work records of Cindy Anthony on July 15, 2008.
After this Judge Perry ruled that the ‘smell’ cans could not be opened by the jury and they will not even be allowed in the jury room during deliberations. Much case law was cited and a hot debate ensued; but in the end there is too great a possibility that a ‘sniff test’ by the jury could cause a reversal on appeal.
Then the ever efficient Linda Drane Burdick called CSI for the OCSO, Alina Burroughs, to the witness stand and had her identify a few pictures of items that were located in a wooden chest of drawers in Casey’s bedroom. We didn’t get to see them, but they were entered into evidence.
Also entered into evidence were Google maps used by Dominic Casey, and documents from Texas EquuSearch concerning Joe Jordan.
Last, Jeff Ashton entered George’s complete suicide letter into evidence. The jury got to read it page by page, even though they will be given another opportunity to do so during their deliberations.
The judge then dismissed the jury for the day after advising them that the state’s rebuttal should end tomorrow with closing statements being given on Saturday morning. Judge Perry said he hopes to be able to give them their ‘final instructions’ by Saturday afternoon and they will then be able to begin their final deliberations.
Before court was recessed for the day—there was one more matter. A twenty-eight year old man was brought before the judge. He had thought he was being clever as he pretended to rub his face and stick his middle finger straight up with all the grotesque implications of the gesture being implied towards Jeff Ashton.
Because of his actions, the young man will rest in prison for 6 days and will pay a fine.