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Welcome to the Casey Anthony trial Part 2

Casey Anthony cries as she listens to her defense council during opening statements at the Orange County Courthouse on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (CFN 13)

Kicked if off this morning with Israeli PM Netanyahu’s stunning address to Congress.  (See posts below this one).  Next up — opening statements at the Casey Anthony trial now underway in an Orlando courthouse.  Casey is accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in June 2008 in Orlando.  The child’s body was found several months later in a swampy area near the Anthony’s home.

Casey’s defense maintains her innocence, saying that not a single thread of forensic evidence links her to the baby’s death. Defense further dais it was what wasn’t said in the 911 call that was telling. George Anthony didn’t say anything when his wife Cindy, the baby’s grandmother, told him “George, the baby is missing.”

CFN13 is wall to wall with its coverage, with at least one reporter – sometimes two — tweeting on a continuous basis from the courtroom ( http://twitter.com/#!/CFNews13Casey ) and hosting an online chat discussion which reportedly has attracted some 17,500 participants from all over the world, as far away as The Netherlands. 

The father of Casey Anthony — George Anthony — was the first in the witness chair, and overall I don’t think his testimony is credible.

He’s been accused by Casey’s defense attorney of sexually molesting her when she was as young as eight years old.  The defense also maintains that her older brother Lee also sexually abused her.

Court adjourned for the day.

Recapping from CFN13:

  • Baez claimed Caylee drowned in the Anthony family’s swimming pool.

This is the first time any of the case’s key players announced a cause of death. He said Caylee died June 16, 2008, the day after the Anthonys claimed they last saw her alive.

  • Baez claimed George Anthony sexually abused Casey when she was 8 years old.

He claimed this is the root of Casey’s tendency to lie to authorities, and “If she goes in lying her butt off, who’s going to believe a liar, especially when she cries sexual abuse?”

Baez also claimed Casey’s brother, Lee Anthony, also tried to sexually abuse Casey years ago.

  • Baez claimed George helped Casey cover up Caylee’s death.

He also mentioned Casey’s parents tried to cover up Casey’s pregnancy, and that this “bizarre family behavior” was a pattern.

Baez did made it clear that George Anthony was not to blame for Caylee’s death, calling it “an accident that snowballed out of control.”

  • Baez claimed Roy Kronk took Caylee’s body and hid it.

He said the “morally corrupt” meter reader wanted to collect the reward for finding Caylee’s body. But according to Baez, Kronk “didn’t read the fine print,” that the reward was for an alive Caylee Anthony.

According to Baez, Kronk went into the wooded area on Aug. 11, 2008, allegedly to urinate, and told his co-workers he found a skull. But when his co-workers started walking into the woods, they were distracted by a dead snake.

  • Baez claimed Roy Kronk told his son overseas “I found Caylee. Watch for me on TV.”

He said Kronk’s son will testify that this conversation with his father happened on Dec. 10, 2008, the day before he called 911 to report finding human remains in the woods.

  • Baez claimed that the so-called “smell of death” in Casey’s car came from garbage left in the trunk.

Casey’s attorney said she put trash in her car trunk to drive to the dumpster at her then-boyfriend, Tony Lazzaro’s apartment complex. But she forgot, and later ran out of gas, leaving the car at the Amscot for days before George Anthony eventually picked it up.

  • “The most important thing you’ll hear on the 911 tape is silence.”

Baez told the jurors they will hear Cindy Anthony yell to George that Casey said “Zanny the Nanny” took Caylee, followed by silence.

He said George Anthony later said in sworn testimony that he was not home during that 911 call.

  • George Anthony had a mistress who gave him money so he could pretend to be working.

Baez said the jury will hear from a Crystal Holloway, who will testify that she had an affair with George Anthony, and when she asked him what happened to Caylee, he replied, “It was an accident.”

Meanwhile, keep up with the minute by minute courtroom proceedings by linking to Twitter:

http://twitter.com/#!/CFNews13Casey

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