iOS app Android app More

Casey Anthony Trial Pits Mother Against Son

Casey Anthony Trial

First Posted: 06/28/11 07:15 PM ET Updated: 08/28/11 06:12 AM ET

Day 30 of the Casey Anthony murder trial brought high drama and surprises, pitting the accused child killer's family members against each other.

Lee Anthony, the defendant's brother, testified that he was angry when his mother sent private investigator Dominic Casey to conduct a search in the woods on Suburban Drive sometime prior to October 2008.

Two-year-old Caylee had been missing since June 16 of that year. Until his mother made that request, Lee Anthony was hopeful that his niece would be found alive.

"It was the first time I had ever heard anyone in my family offer it up that they were willing to look for a deceased Caylee," he testified. "Prior to that, [it was] not even within the realm of anyone's mindset. I was quite angry."

Lee Anthony's testimony contradicted what his mother, Cindy, had said on the stand just minutes earlier. When asked the same question, she simply said, "No sir, I did not."

Yuri Melich, the lead detective in the case, was called to the stand after Lee Anthony stepped down. The detective testified that Cindy Anthony had told him about sending the private investigator and another man out to the woods off Suburban Drive.

Melich's testimony was important, as earlier in the day Cindy Anthony had denied telling him that "her people" had searched that area.

"I had never told anybody that I sent those guys there because I never sent those guys there," Cindy Anthony said.

It is yet to be seen if any of the contradictory testimony will ultimately damage the credibility of Cindy Anthony in the minds of jurors. Just last week, she helped the defense strengthen their case when she testified that a ladder had been left leaning out of the family swimming pool on the day defense attorneys say her granddaughter drowned.

The day before that, the 52-year-old grandmother shocked the courtroom by revealing it was she, not Casey, that had conducted internet searches for "chloroform," "chest injuries" and "head injuries."


The third Anthony called to the stand Tuesday was the defendant's father, George Anthony. Tensions between the witness and the defense became obvious when attorney Jose Baez asked Anthony if he knew a woman named Krystal Holloway. It was just a few weeks ago that Baez had alleged in court that Anthony had an affair with Holloway.

Anthony admitted knowing Holloway and said she had volunteered at the command center in October 2008, during the search for Caylee. Anthony described her as "just another volunteer."

Anthony denied having a romantic relationship with Holloway. He explained a text message he sent her, in which he wrote, "I need you in my life," was not intended to be flirtatious and was sent because at the times he needed all the volunteers in his life.

"I never had a romantic affair with Krystal Holloway...," Anthony said. "She has a questionable past... She is not a good person."

George Anthony also denied telling Holloway that Caylee's death was an "accident that snowballed out of control." Anthony said he, "never did" say that.

Shortly after the three members of the Anthony family took the stand, the defense called Roy Kronk, the Orange County meter reader who discovered Caylee's remains on December 11, 2008.

Kronk said he first went into the woods off Suburban drive on Aug. 11, 2008, to use the bathroom. While in the woods, Kronk said he spotted something that looked like a skull. He said he contacted authorities on three separate occasions in August but they did nothing to retrieve the item.

When he went back to the woods on December 11, Kronk testified he took his meter reader stick and used it to lift the skull up. It was then that he realized what it was and was horrified, he testified.

During cross-examination, Kronk denied knowing any members of the Anthony family and said he had never been inside their home, vehicles or garage.

The only other person of interest to testify Tuesday was Joe Jordan, a Texas EquuSearch volunteer who helped search for Caylee.

While on the stand, Jordan explained he and his team had gone to the same wooded area where Caylee's remains were later found. He testified they were unable to conduct a thorough search due to high water.

Anthony, 25, has pleaded not guilty to multiple charges, including capital murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and misleading law enforcement in the death of her daughter. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

Loading Slideshow...
  • Casey Anthony Personal Photo

    The bombshell trial of Casey Anthony captivated the nation's attention. The Florida mother, pictured in this photo from her account, was found not guilty of murdering her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photo

    Amidst all of the hoopla surrounding the trial, some of Casey Anthony's personal photographs were released. Several of Anthony's photographs were used as evidence.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Prosecutors alleged that Casey Anthony killed her daughter, then misled authorities who were searching for the toddler. But her attorneys insisted that Caylee drowned in the family's swimming pool. The defendant's lawyers claimed that after years of abuse, Casey Anthony felt unable to reveal the truth.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Prosecutors attempted to cast Casey Anthony as a party girl -- revealing that she took part in a "Hot Body" contest just four days after she claimed her daughter drowned in her family's pool.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Lawyers showed jurors photos of Casey Anthony partying, like this image, which was posted on the defendant's account.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Casey Anthony reportedly told investigators that her daughter had been kidnapped by a nanny, but during the trial her attorneys claimed the child drowned.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    One question that remains unanswered is the identity of Caylee Anthony's father. Casey Anthony reportedly told friends that the child's father was a "one night thing."

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    But her lawyers have floated a theory involving incest. Casey Anthony's attorneys pressed an FBI witness to tell jurors that the agency conducted a paternity test on the defendant's brother, Lee Anthony. The test came back negative.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Investigators also conducted a paternity test on Casey Anthony's father, George Anthony, which also came back negative.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Tests also revealed that Jesse Grund, a man Casey Anthony once dated, was not Caylee Anthony's father.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Casey Anthony's family said they knew something was amiss when they detected a foul odor coming from the back of the defendant's car in July, 2008.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    The trunk of the car actually contained a bag of trash, but prosecutors claimed that Caylee Anthony's body decomposed in the rear of the vehicle before it was moved to another location.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    An insect expert for the defense stated that the body didn't decompose in the car because there wasn't any evidence of bugs that are often attracted to remains.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Caylee Anthony's remains were discovered near the family's home in December, 2008.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Prosecutors alleged that Casey Anthony killed her daughter by placing duct tape over her mouth. Duct tape was discovered wrapped around the todder's skull when the child's remains were recovered.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Casey Anthony was indicted on October 14, 2008, on charges of first-degree murder.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    The Casey Antony trial became the year's biggest legal event. Spectators lined up every morning to get tickets to the trial. In one case, attendees got into a fistfight over access to the courtroom.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    The case became one of the most monumental trials in Florida's history.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Some photos of Casey Anthony and Caylee Anthony were classified as evidence.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Jury selection for the Casey Anthony trial began on May 9, 2011.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    Alongside capital murder, Casey Anthony was also charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and misleading law enforcement in the case of the death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony.

  • Casey Anthony Personal Photos

    The prosecution sought the death penalty.

  • Man Who Wants To Marry Casey Anthony

    Meet Don Gennaro Annunziata. He was at the sentencing protest in front of the Orange County Courthouse. Don said he is a 38-year-old window washer from Orlando.

  • Casey Anthony Bachelor Number Two

    Bachelor number two is Tim Allen, a 24-year-old resident of Orlando, Fla.

Expanded Coverage: Trial Updates.