Yesterday, the State of Florida called five witnesses at the tail end of the case against “Tot Mom” for the murder of her two year old daughter, Caylee. Expert witnesses Catherine Theisen of the FBI and Alina Burroughs, a CSI of Orange County, were followed by Casey’s mother, Cindy, who testified for the second time, police photographer Jennifer Welch
who testified for the third time, and finally by a tattooist who had crafted a tattoo onto Casey’s back.
The testimony of Jennifer Welch was extremely brief; she confirmed that she had taken 23 photographs on August 13, 2009 relating to the case including of the above tattoo. And that was it.
As might be expected, Cindy’s testimony was difficult for her. She had been sitting in the courtroom watching the proceedings, something that never happens in Britain.
Among othe things, she testified that she and her husband were not home when a search warrant was executed at their premises. She noted too that on one specific date, Caylee’s teddy bear was missing, and answered questions about the use of the family car, the length of her own hair, and the duct tape
, which was of course found on the young girl’s skull, and which the State claims was used to bind her mouth.
When asked about a shirt Caley was seen wearing at one point, she said she hadn’t seen her wearing it and had not seen a picture of it until July 2009; she also became very emotional, and Judge Perry signalled the afternoon recess.
There were some problems when the jurors requested to see an exhibit which had been affixed to a piece of cardboard, and was no longer. Perry said there was case law covering this, but lead defence attorney Jose Baez wanted to make a point of it.
Although his testimony was both extremely brief and unchallenged, Mr Williams the tattooist can only have compounded the belief the jury and indeed the world has of Casey Anthony, that she is a gratuitous and conscious liar, because she told him on one occasion that her daughter was with the nanny that it is now conceeded did not exist.
Having said that, Anthony is not without her supporters, if one can call them that. Earlier, the talk show host Dr Drew
spoke to the Florida prosecutor Stacey Honowitz and a criminal defence attorney Meg Strickler, the latter of whom said she believed Anthony’s claims of sexual abuse against her father were true. Strickler based this claim on the fact that Casey shows no emotion at all, which may be consistent with her being a victim of sexual abuse, but is certainly consistent with her being a sociopath.
Drew then consulted a woman who might best be described as an airhead who claimed the chances that Casey had been sexually abused by her father
were quite high because one in four young girls has been sexually abused, which is another of these ludicrous statistics that are flung around with gay abandon and absolutely no supporting evidence.
The case continues today, after which very likely the State will rest, Cheney Mason’s motion for a mistrial having been predictably denied by the seemingly avuncular but no-nonsense Judge Perry.