Orlando, Fla. – The last witness to take the stand at the Casey Anthony trial on on Friday was Det. Yuri Melich, who had testified several times before. While on the stand, defense attorney Jose Baez questioned Melich, implying he did not thoroughly examine Roy Kronk, the man who found Caylee’s remains, and George Anthony, Caylee’s grandfather, during his investigation.
Baez first asked Melich about arresting Casey and then confiscating her car on July 16, 2008. Melich noted both things happened on the same day and Casey was arrested because the “elements of the crimes” she was arrested for were present.
Melich also said he was concerned about her physical well-being and that she may harm herself due to a similar missing child case, the name of which he did not divulge.
The detective also told the jury he subpoenaed Casey Anthony’s cell phone records and the Anthony family’s land line, and only later did the same for George Anthony’s cell phone.
Baez then brought up Kronk, who had called authorities as early as Aug. 2008 informing them he had seen a suspicious bag in the area. Baez noted that the tip was not properly followed up on, however, Melich said the area had been checked out prior to the call and his office was getting hundreds of calls with tips that needed to be checked out.
Baez pointed out that although Melich had examined Kronk’s phone records from June to Dec. 2008, his computer was never looked at.
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In addition, during his testimony, Melich admitted he did not ask George Anthony about Henkel brand markings on duct tape found near Caylee’s remains, although video had been taken of duct tape at the command center that was formed to search for the girl.
To watch Yuri Melich testify at the Casey Anthony trial on June 24, 2011, click here.
Casey, 25, is charged with the first-degree murder of Caylee, 2, in the summer of 2008. Her defense claims the little girl was not murdered, but died accidentally be drowning in the family pool.
To watch Yuri Melich testify at the Casey Anthony trial on June 2, 2011, click here.
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