Orlando, Fla. – On Thursday, Jeffrey Hopkins, who was called an ‘imaginary friend’ by the Casey Anthony defense team, took the stand at her murder trial to testify about their relationship. As he did, he noted that that when he was younger, he thought Casey was an “attractive” girl, which made her crack a smile.
Casey is accused by the prosecution of killing her daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, in the summer of 2008. The defense, however, contends that Caylee was not murdered, but instead died accidentally on June 15 of that year by drowning in the family pool.
According to Casey’s lawyers, she created an elaborate story, including “imaginary friends,” to cover up the death of her daughter. This type of bizarre behavior, they claim, is due to the trauma she endured as a child – sexual molestation at the hands of her father, requiring her to learn at an early age to lie and hide awful secrets.
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On direct examination, Hopkins said he met Casey during middle school, but they were not very good friends.
He denied ever introducing Casey to the woman she initially told investigators kidnapped her daughter Caylee – Zenaida Gonzalez, who Casey claimed was the girl’s nanny.
Hopkins noted the last time he ran into Casey was at the Waterford Lakes Ale House on July 2, 2008, while he was there with a couple of friends. He said the two exchanged numbers and went their separate ways.
Upon cross-examination, lawyer Jose Baez asked “Is your name Jeffrey Michael Hopkins,” implying the “imaginary friend” Casey created in her web of lies to conceal Caylee’s death does not actually exist, and therefore was not the man on the stand.
When Baez asked him if he had a crush on Casey when they were school mates, he replied “She was an attractive young lady.” At that point, Casey could be seen cracking a smile, but quickly returned to a stoic, solemn look.
To see the entire testimony of Jeffrey Hopkins on June 2, 2011, click here.
To keep up with Casey’s murder trial, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
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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