Orlando, Fla. – On Tuesday morning, the prosecution in the Casey Anthony case said during trial proceedings that Casey’s tale of her daughter Caylee Anthony drowning in the backyard pool may have been gleaned from a fellow inmate in the Orange County Jail.
When Casey’s murder trial began, her attorney Jose Baez said his client did not murder her daughter, as prosecutors contend, but that Caylee, 2, died by accidentally drowning in the Anthony family pool. He also alleged that the toddler’s grandfather conspired with Casey to cover up the death and hide Caylee’s body.
This differs greatly from how the prosecution believes the child died, as it claims Casey killed Caylee with chloroform and duct tape because she wanted to be free of the burden of caring for her.
Outside the presence of the jury, prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick told Judge Belvin Perry Tuesday that Casey had been housed in a cell next to an inmate named April Whalen, who’s 15-month-old son, Isaiah had died in a tragic accident on Christmas day in 2007.
Drane-Burdick noted that the state received a tip that the boy had drowned in the family pool and his body was discovered by his grandfather. A major difference in Casey’s and April’s stories, however, is that April immediately called 911.
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As Casey listened to Drane-Burdick speak to the judge regarding April and the drowning story, she shook her head.
Despite the tip, Drane-Burdick told the court, “At this time, we do not plan to call her to the stand… We wanted to let the court know.”
To see video of prosecutor Drane-Burdick present the matter to Judge Belvin Perry, click here.
The state is investigating the matter, but has yet to establish whether April and Casey ever actually spoke to one another while fellow inmates.
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In addition, links to a multitude of videos and photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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