Orlando, Fla. – On Tuesday, the Casey Anthony case was full of until today unheard of shocking allegations and claims regarding Caylee Anthony’s death, Casey’s childhood and her father George Anthony’s behavior, and the man who found Caylee’s remains.
Casey, 25, is charged with killing her daughter, Caylee, 2, in the summer of 2008.
During opening statements, the prosecution asserted its arguments, including that Casey killed Caylee by suffocating her with duct tape and dumping the girl’s body in a wooded area near the Anthony family home.
The defense, however, stunned the courtroom with theories that were being closely held to vest until opening statements in the case.
First, defense attorney Jose Baez said that Caylee was never a missing child because she drowned on June 16, 2008 in the backyard pool of the Anthony family home. He argued that Casey stayed tight-lipped about the tragedy due to the twisted and dysfunctional family she grew up in.
According to Baez, beginning at the age of eight, George began to sexually abuse Casey. He said Casey’s unusual and uncommon actions after her daughter died were due to a culmination of torment and abuse that Casey received growing up in a household that held many uncomfortable secrets.
To watch the Casey Anthony trial live as it happens, click here.
George was also accused by the defense of having an affair with a woman named Crystal Holloway, who claims George told her Caylee’s death was an accident that snowballed out of control — thus the defense argued George knew all along that Caylee had drowned.
Baez also spoke about Roy Kronk, the former meter reader who found Caylee’s remains in a wooded area near the Anthony family home on Dec. 11, 2008. In essence, Baez alleged that Kronk hid Caylee’s body after initially coming upon it several months prior. The defense theory is that Kronk concealed Caylee in order to collect the reward for finding the missing girl.
George then testified and denied ever molesting Casey. He also adamantly denied disposing of his granddaughter’s body or placing duct tape on her face.
To see opening statements in the Casey Anthony trial and the testimony of George Anthony on May 24, 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 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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