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!
Bloomington police have released a surveillance camera image of missing Indiana University student Lauren Spierer captured just hours before the 20-year-old was last seen.
At a press conference Wednesday, Capt. Joe Qualters said that the photo showed Spierer in the clothes she was wearing when she was last seen. It came from a security camera at the Smallwood Plaza apartment building at 11th Street and College Avenue where Spierer lived.
An updated description of Spierer’s clothing had been released Tuesday, and the new image showed her in that outfit—a v-neck white shirt with elbow-length butterfly sleeves a scooped bottom and material described as having a “distressed look;” and black leggings with silver zippers at the ankles.
Qualters did not know the exact time the image was recorded, but he said it was from before Spierer went out on the evening of June 2. She left her cell phone and her shoes at Kilroy’s Sports Bar in Bloomington later that night.
Spierer was reportedly last seen leaving a friend’s apartment building a few blocks away from Smallwood around 4:30 a.m. on June 3.
Police said last week that they have additional surveillance video of Spierer from that night, including footage of her walking with a male student from Smallwood toward that building around 3:00 a.m. Qualters would not detail any other video they have that depicts Spierer, but he said authorities just found out about another location that may have cameras that they are looking into.
Qualters also released two still images taken from surveillance cameras of a vehicle that he said was seen driving westbound on 10th Street twice in ten minutes starting around 4:14 a.m. on June 3 “in very close proximity” to the building where Spierer was last seen. He had released some information about the vehicle previously but was waiting for video enhancement to try the get the best image possible before putting out a full description for the media.
After prosecutors at Casey Anthony’s murder trial rested their case Wednesday morning, the defense moved for a judgment of acquittal.
Defense attorney Cheney Mason argued that, due to the circumstantial nature of the evidence and the possibility of the death penalty, prosecutors have a particularly high standard to meet in this case. He said their evidence “must be consistent with guilt but also inconsistent with any reasonable hypothesis of innocence.”
He frequently returned to that notion of a “reasonable hypothesis of innocence”—in this case, the defense claim that Caylee’s death was an accident—throughout his argument. According to him, the only evidence of homicide presented in the prosecution’s case was Dr. Jan Garavaglia’s conclusion based on the circumstances surrounding the disappearance and the discovery of the remains, an opinion that he called “directly contrary to the law.”
Mason acknowledged that the state has proven that “Ms. Anthony has a history of untruthfulness” but he argued there has been no evidence to show when, where or how Caylee died, so prosecutors failed to rebut the hypothesis that this was an accidental death followed by an “inappropriate” attempt to cover it up.
Even if the court accepts the premise that a murder occurred, Mason said there was no evidence of the premeditation that would be necessary to convict Anthony of first-degree murder. He cited several cases where no cause of death was proven and death sentences were overturned or charges were reduced to second-degree murder.
As she departed the witness stand, Cindy Anthony mouthed the words "I love you" to tot mom Casey Anthony.