CRIME
06/30/2011 01:30 pm ET | Updated Aug 30, 2011

Casey Anthony Trial: Krystal Holloway, George Anthony's Alleged Mistress, Testifies

A woman allegedly involved in a secret relationship with Casey Anthony's father claims he described the death of two-year-old Caylee Anthony as an "accident."

On day 32 of the Casey Anthony murder trial, the defense called Krystal Holloway to the stand to speak about her relationship with Casey's father, George Anthony.

Casey 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, Caylee. She could face the death penalty if convicted.

Holloway claimed that in November 2008 -- while investigators were still searching for Caylee's remains -- George Anthony came to her home and she told him she did not think his daughter was capable of harming his missing granddaughter.

It was then, Holloway said, that George Anthony confided in her.

"He was sitting on my couch, and I was sitting on the floor," she explained. "He said it was an accident that snowballed out of control. I was in shock, and by the time I looked up, his eyes were filled with tears, and I didn't ... ask him anything further."

Holloway's testimony goes toward the defense's theory that Caylee died on June 16, 2008, when she drowned in her family's swimming pool. The prosecution insists Casey Anthony used chloroform to render Caylee unconscious and then put duct tape over her nose and mouth, suffocating her.

Holloway also told the jury she had recieved several text messages from George Anthony, including one in which he wrote: "Just thinking about you. I need you in my life."

On Tuesday, George Anthony was questioned about his alleged relationship with Holloway. He admitted knowing her and said she had volunteered at the command center in October 2008 during the search for Caylee. He described her as "just another volunteer."

George Anthony denied having a romantic relationship with Holloway. He did admit sending the text message but explained it was not intended to be flirtatious and was sent because at the time he needed all the volunteers in his life.

George Anthony also denied telling Holloway that Caylee's death was an accident. Anthony testified that he "never did" say that.

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On the stand today, Holloway testified she was still having sex with George Anthony after Caylee's body was found, but that the relationship soured in February 2009, when he stopped calling and sent her text messages instead.

"I didn't think it was appropriate, being that I was sleeping with him and I wasn't good enough for him to call me," Holloway said. "He would text me that he couldn't show up."

Holloway said law enforcement did not contact her about the alleged affair until two years later.

During cross examination, Holloway told prosecutor Jeff Ashton that she had sold her story about the alleged affair to the tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer for $4,000.

"You felt the National Enquirer was the one place that would tell your story in a fair, honest and sensational way?" Ashton asked.

Holloway replied, "[They] did."

"And the story is much, much better if you're actually having an affair with George, right? It's much more sensational," Ashton continued.

"I did have an affair with George," Holloway said.

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