A young couple reportedly partied at a bar after allegedly murdering a 19-year-old girl, then argued about how to dispose of her corpse in text and Facebook messages!
During her cross examination Tuesday, defense attorney Jose Baez asked Cindy Anthony about her daughter Casey's "imaginary friends"–as he called them–including the supposed father of her daughter Caylee and the babysitter who she frequently claimed was watching her for two years.
First, though, as he has with most of the witnesses so far, Baez asked her what kind of mother Casey Anthony was. Cindy said Casey was very loving, with a quick maternal instinct that reminded her of herself. Caylee adored her mother, Cindy testified, and her eyes would light up when she saw her.
Baez then questioned how Cindy and George Anthony did not know their daughter was pregnant until June 30, 2005. She said they had thought Casey's weight gain at the time was due to her “sedentary” lifestyle. Baez then had Cindy stand up and look at her daughter across the courtroom to assess whether she put on weight during her nearly-three years in jail. Though she said Casey did not appear to have a protruding belly right now, she did later testify on re-direct that she has seen Casey's weight fluctuate since her arrest.
The first “imaginary friend” Baez brought up was Caylee's father. Cindy said she was initially led to believe Jesse Grund was the father, but Casey later claimed it was a man named Eric Baker, who was two years younger than her and lived in Kentucky or North Carolina. He had been in town one night while he was having problems with his girlfriend back home and he and Casey got together. Later, after Caylee's second birthday, Casey called Cindy at work crying to tell her that Baker died in a car accident and that Caylee had a half-brother. Cindy said she never met Baker or talked to him, and Baez suggested there was no evidence he ever existed at all.
Cindy testified at length about Jeffrey Hopkins, the former co-worker who Casey claimed had introduced her to Caylee's babysitter, Zanny. According to Cindy, Casey had befriended and began confiding in him when she and Grund were having problems, and he also had a toddler named Zachary. She said she even saw what she believed was a photo of Jeff and Zachary on Casey's phone in late 2006.
Prosecutors played three 911 calls grandmother Cindy Anthony made about Caylee Anthony’s disappearance in court on Tuesday morning as she wept on the witness stand.
Cindy’s emotional direct testimony, which began on Saturday, continued on the sixth day of Casey Anthony’s murder trial after a brief hearing on a motion to allow brother Lee Anthony to sit in the courtroom during the trial. Defense attorneys opposed the request by Mark Lippman, the attorney for Cindy, George and Lee Anthony, but Judge Belvin Perry ruled that he would be excluded from the rules of sequestration like his parents have been.
Before getting to the 911 calls made on July 15, 2008, prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick asked Cindy Anthony about the events that occurred in the weeks leading up to that point. Cindy explained that, when she wrote in a MySpace post on July 3, 2008 that “Caylee is missing,” it was just an expression and she did not actually know the girl was not with Casey Anthony.
Cindy testified that she eventually made contact with Casey, at which point Casey claimed she needed some time away to sort things out and she was not trying to punish her mother by keeping Caylee from her. Still, she warned Cindy that she was eventually going to move out and be her own person.
Cindy Anthony began emotional testimony Saturday in the murder trial of her daughter, Casey Anthony.