Grief Counselor: Casey's Party Behavior Typical - Page 2
Baez asked Anthony if he told Detective Melich about an odor from Casey’s car on July 15, 2008, and Anthony said this conversation had occurred on a different day, and that he had in fact asked Melich about updates on finding Caylee. When asked by Baez if George had stated that Casey Anthony lied, he refused to answer, saying that he may’ve told law enforcement that his daughter “has a tendency to live on the edge.”
George went on to say that he walked every road in Orlando searching for his granddaughter, and confirmed having walked the fence area in the thick woods by Suburban Drive.
When asked about all of his finger-pointing testimony to law enforcement about his daughter, George stated that he was simply cooperating with law enforcement to find Caylee, who he thought was still alive at the time. George cited his supportive jailhouse visits to his daughter as evidence he was not trying to throw his daughter “under the bus.”
Baez read a deposition wherein George told the prosecution team that he did not smell human composition in Casey’s car, and that it was indeed trash, despite contrary statements for the prosecution earlier during this trial. George appeared visibly shaken, tears running down his eyes, as he breathed deeply, angrily stared at Baez and said “You’re trying to take this joy of my life away from me sir, and you can’t do it anymore.”
George Anthony’s attempt at suicide and a related note was then brought up by Baez, who asked if he was expressing guilt in the note, to which an objection was raised and sustained.
When asked if he had been paid $20,000 for an appearance on the television show 48 Hours, George replied “I did everything I could possibly do to bring awareness to everyone who fell in love with (Caylee.)” Casey could be seen glaring at her father as he wiped away tears. A recess was called, and George first tried to approach Ashton before going to his wife Cindy to hold her at the back of the courtroom.
Following the short recess, Baez pressed George further, questioning him about allegations he molested his daughter, allegations he once again denied, as Casey Anthony stared at her father and shook her head.
Baez then asked about the gas cans that had previously been taken into evidence, one having duct tape on it matching the tape found on Caylee’s skeletal remains. Baez read an earlier deposition from Anthony, wherein he denied putting the tape on the can. In testimony in court, Anthony stated that he had indeed put the tape over a broken vent. Again, conflicting testimony in this most confusing case.Continued on the next page