Shot Girls: Casey Anthony Was A Big Sister
Part of Technorati's ongoing special coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial.
The State of Florida's case against Casey Anthony, on trial for the murder of her daughter Caylee Anthony, continued this afternoon.
The prosecution brought no less than eight witnesses before the jury today, four of them after the lunch recess.
The neighbor and the shovel
First witness was Brian Burner, neighbor to George and Cindy Anthony's home, where Casey and Caylee had been staying. Burner was questioned regarding the times when he had seen Casey’s car being backed into the Anthony’s garage. After cross-examination, Burner admitted that he was unsure as to who was driving Casey Anthony's white car.
Another episode was mentioned, when Casey borrowed a shovel from Burner, as she put it, "to dig up some bamboo roots." An hour later, the shovel was returned, clean.
Also mentioned by Burner was a day during the time Caylee was missing (but not yet reported,) when Casey showed up at the Anthony home with an unknown man.
The “shot girls” and big sister
Next to the stand were Jamie Realander and Erica Gonzalez, both “shot girls” for the nightclub Fusion, where Casey worked. Both women stated that Casey Anthony was in charge of them, and provided both instruction and protection from rowdy male customers, when needed. Realander and Gonzalez stated that Casey was normal, happy, “like a big sister.”
Both women also stated that during the period of time when Caylee Anthony was missing but not reported as such, Casey did not act depressed, sad, angry or bothered in any way. Gonzalez stated that Casey told her that Caylee was away with the nanny during this time.
The final witness for the day was Anthony “Tony” Lazzaro, then-boyfriend to Casey. Today’s courtroom visit was the first time that Lazzaro had seen his former girlfriend since her arrest.
Lazzaro stated that he met Casey on Facebook, during a time when he and friend Clint House were working on promotions for Fusion. Casey brought her daughter to Lazzaro’s apartment “2 or 3 times,” according to Lazzaro. They would visit the pool, and Lazzaro recanted an episode wherein Caylee got too close to the pool, and Casey Anthony verbally scolded the girl for it.
Of particular interest is Lazzaro’s statement that Casey spent the night on June 16, 2008, the day that the defense stated in yesterday’s opening statements, that Caylee Anthony allegedly drowned in her grandparent’s pool.Continued on the next page