Just one day after Casey Anthony’s mother stated that she searched terms such as “chloroform” on the family’s home computer, Cindy was not done making shocking statements on the stand on Friday. Yesterday in the Orlando court, Jose Baez — Anthony’s defense attorney — showed photos of Anthony’s late daughter Caylee to Cindy inside the above-ground pool. Cindy testified that Caylee — who Casey Anthony is on trial for for allegedly killing her daughter back in 2008 — was able to open to the back yard sliding glass door to get outside to the pool. Not only that, Cindy stated that Caylee was able to climb the ladder to get inside the pool itself.
“We took extra precaution every day to keep the ladder off the pool,” Cindy said to Baez in front of the jury. She added, “We taught Caylee she had to be with us to swim.” She said that “[Caylee] was anxious to get in”.
How exactly does this help Casey Anthony’s defense? Cindy stated in court yesterday that when she returned home from work back on June 16, 2008, she noticed that the pool ladder was leaned against the pool instead of where it was usually kept away from the pool, because as Cindy had stated previously, Caylee was able to leave the home, go to the backyard, and get inside the pool. In court, Cindy stated that would be the day that Caylee went missing.
The defense continues to say that Anthony’s daughter drowned in that very family pool and her father George ultimately helped to cover up the accidental drowning by burying the body. The prosecution, however, believes that Casey Anthony herself was solely responsible in killing her daughter and dumping the remains of the three-year-old in the nearby woods.
Also taking the stand in court yesterday was Casey’s brother Lee, who said that the car he purchased had stains in the trunk of the car that became pivotol evidence early in the trial. Remember, the prosecution stated that there was unusually high forms of chloroform in the rug of the trunk. While this doesn’t necessarily clear his sister, it puts another possible doubt in the mind of the jury. And in a high-stakes trial where it takes just one juror to doubt the prosecution, it could set Anthony free from undergoing the death penalty.