Tensions mount between George Anthony and Jose Baez during Casey Anthony Murder Trial

Tensions mount between George Anthony and Jose Baez during Casey Anthony Murder Trial

Orlando : FL : USA | May 28, 2011 at 5:32 PM PDT
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Jose Baez Cross Examines George Anthony

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 24, 2011) - Tense moments filled the courtroom during cross examination of Casey Anthony's father this morning, as lead defense attorney Jose Baez had a second chance to question George Anthony.

George, Casey Anthony's father, whom Baez accused of continueous sexual assaults against his client, Casey Anthony, was 8-years-old when the abuse allegedly began, seemed more combative with Baez.

Casey Anthony, 25, is on trial for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in June, 2008. Casey is charged with first degree murder, and if convicted, she faces a death sentence.

Most of Baez's questions pertained to the gas cans that Casey borrowed, and a piece of duct tape that was similar to the one found wrapped across Caylee's mouth and nose when her body was found.

The two went back and forth, as Baez tried to get George to recall a date, and George, being combative, argued with Baez. George accused Baez of badgering him.

"Give me a date and I'll answer," George Anthony said.

"I'm giving you a date," Baez said.

"No sir, you're badgering me. you're trying to get me upset here!" George said, sounding iratated.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry looked annoyed and put a stop to the constant bickering between George and Baez. George asked Baez to give him some respect.

During questioning about the gas cans, on June 24, Casey drove back in her white Pontiac, opened the trunk, and pulled the them out.

Baez wanted to know if at that time, did George know if Caylee's body was in the trunk of the car.

"You actually were close enough to smell trunk of that car, were you not?" asked Baez.

"The only smell I had was the smell of gas cans placed on the ground," Anthony responded.

"And you did not smell any small of human decomposition on June 24, 2008, in the trunk of your daughter's car?" Baez continued.

George said no, he did not smell anything like a decomposing body near the car area.

George Anthony previously said he couldn't see in the car trunk during direct examination for the prosecution. However, Baez, again, wants to know how close George was to trunk. George says again the only thing he smelled was gas from the cans.

Baez asked George about mowing the lawn. George laughed at his questions on the mower running on gasoline.

George said on June 24, 2008, he needed to mow his lawn. George came down and on a lage calender, and marked the dates he cuts his grass. He also marked the the last day he saw Caylee alive, and when he called police. He also marked the date he told the police when he argued with Casey over the gas cans. However, George said he can't remember all the dates.

"I am not a human calender. I don't mean to be argumentative but you are throwing questions all over the place," George said.

"I'm not trying to be argumentative, sir. You are not being specific with me," George said.

The questioning then turned towards a piece of duct tape that was on one of the gas cans. Baez spent a lot of time trying to get George to say he had access to duct tape that was similar to that found covering the mouth and nose of Caylee's body.

Baez introduced two photos of the gas cans. When George saw them, George Anthony stated in a previous deposition on Aug. 5, 2009, that he didn't put the duct tape on the can.

George Anthony says the gas can photo in court is not the one shown to him by investigators. George says he was shown a different photo during that deposition. The prosecution objected, and Chief Judge Belvin Perry held a sidebar.

Baez, again, tried to question George about the photos, which were not admitted into evidence.

"May we approach?" Baez asked.

"No," Judge Perry responded.

"It's kind of hard to question somebody about something that's not entered into evidence at this time," Judge Perry said. "Move on."

When asked about why there is duct tape on the gas, can, George said, "The only reason that duct tape is on there is because the plastic gas cap was gone," George said.

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George Anthony Testifies Second Time
George Anthony testifies for the second time in the trial of his daughter Casey Anthony at the Orange County Courthouse on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel/Pool Photo)
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