Prosecution builds case against Casey Anthony, motive starts to show

Prosecution builds case against Casey Anthony, motive starts to show

Orlando : FL : USA | May 29, 2011 at 12:13 AM PDT
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Tony Lazzaro Testifies Day Two Casey Murder Trial

ORLANDO, Fla. (May 25, 2011) - Assistant state attorney George Frank used the testimony of the eight witnesses to show Casey Anthony's lies, her reckless behavior, the callousness of her demeanor, and the start of a motive.

In day two of the Casey Anthony murder trial, the prosecution is methodically building its case as it was outlined it in opening statements yesterday.

Three roommates of Tony Lazzaro, Casey Anthony’s ex-boyfriend, a roommate's girlfriend, two shot girls, one neighbor, and Lazzaro himself, helped to establish the evidence on the lower charges to the state's case.

Cameron Campena, Nathan Lezniewicz, and Roy “Clint” House, roommates of Casey’s ex-boyfriend Lazzaro, established that Casey was just a regular 22-year-old, happy and “not introverted.” They said Casey did not want her phone calls overheard, testifying that she would go all the way to a retaining pond to speak on the phone, and even after the June 16 date, they saw no change in Casey’s emotion.

Each roommate also testified that Casey talked about her job at Universal, dressing as if she was going to work, and even leaving the apartment to make work-related phone calls to her job.

The roommates also testified that Casey suddenly disappeared after Cindy Anthony paid a personal visit on July 5.

Brian Burner, who lives the next house down from the Anthony’s. testified that on two occasions he saw Casey back her white Pontiac into her garage. Once on June 17, the other on the next day. Burner also testified that Casey came over to his yard on June 17 to ask if he had a shovel she could borrow to dig up some bamboo shoots. She returned the shovel an hour later.

Maria Kissh, who dated House, testified that Caylee would be left unsupervised. She would knock on the door, and Caylee would answer the door by herself. Casey was in Lazzaro’s room. Kissh got concerned when she saw Caylee on the screened in porch alone.

Kissh also testified that Casey was wearing a thin-knit blue dress during a hot body contest on June 20, at Fusians. The first witness to recall an exact date. The next day, Kissh testified that she asked CaseyAnthony about Caylee. Casey said she was with the nanny, telling her she paid nanny $400/wk.

Jamie Realander, and Erica Gonzalez, shot girls who worked at Fusian, a sushi bar at day, a club at night, testified that Casey was not only in charge of the shot girls, but she was protective of them. Casey participates in a hot body contest, which occurred after June 16, the day Caylee disappeared or drowned accidentally, partied and drank and had a great time.

However, the defense was able to challenge some of the circumstantial evidence the prosecution presented.

Realander, Gonzalez, and Kissh also testified that they observed that Casey was a caring loving mom. Kissh, who was in Casey’s car after June 16, testified that she did not smell anything as she sat in the backseat of the car. And Bruner said he was not a nosy neighbor, and could not say that Casey never backed into her garage before. Burner also said that when Casey returned the shovel, it wasn’t dirty, and Casey was not dirty or sweaty.

The biggest witness of the day was Lazzaro himself. As the prosecution was able to establish that Casey would wear a Universal employee badge, and partied at his showcase events, and said that Casey was always happy, never said, angry or worried, even after June 16, testified that Casey was careful with Caylee. He testified that one day at the pool, Caylee would try and wonder towards the pool, and Casey told her to get back. Showing that she, days from when Caylee disappeared, was careful and kept Caylee safe.

Casey Anthony, 25, is on trial for first degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008.

Casey's mother, Cindy Anthony, called police 31 days after Caylee went missing. Caylee’s body was found two months later, a quarter mile from George and Cindy Anthony’s house. If convicted, Casey could be sentenced to death.

She also faces six other charges, including a lesser charge of aggravated manslaughter of a child, and additional charges of aggravated child abuse and four counts of misleading law enforcement.

Day three of the trial continues tomorrow with the continuing questioning of Lazzaro.

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Casey Anthony - Day Two Trial
Casey Anthony sits at the defense table at the start of the day at the Orange County Courthouse on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. This is the second day of her first-degree murder trial. (Red Huber, Orlando Sentinel/Pool Photo)
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