Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Amy Huizenga, Lee Anthony

Amy Huizenga  
Admitted to Jose Baez that she had only known Casey for five months when Caylee disappeared, and much of their communication during those five months was via phone or text message. Maintained that she and Casey were "very close." Baez questioned Amy's memory, asking if she drank heavily during that time. She said she did not believe so, but acknowledged that she would drink about three to four nights a week at the time.  Baez showed her a copy of one text message she sent to Casey after she had crashed her car into a guardrail. She confirmed the car was totaled, but said she only injured her nose. Baez noted she told people to keep calling her every few minutes. She said it was because the car's airbag deployed, and that had never happened to her before, so she did not know what to expect. Confirmed she never went to a doctor, so she could not know the full extent the crash had on her memory. 
Huizenga acknowledged that she moved in with Ricardo Morales after Casey dated him, and also struck up a friendship with another of Casey's ex-boyfriends, Jesse Grund. But she did not go out with him. Baez cut this line of questioning short after an objection from the prosecution, and Amy Huizenga was dismissed for now.
She did ask if she may say something, but the jury never heard it. Judge Belvin Perry called her over during a long sidebar with attorneys.
Lee Anthony 
Casey Anthony's older brother, on the witness stand for the first time in her murder trial, said he did not live at home with his parents, but did live very close. He tried to find her using MySpace and Facebook, at the request of their mother, Cindy Anthony. Eventually got a hold of Casey on July 3, 2008. Casey, however, hung up the phone on Lee several times.  Lee said Casey told him she was in Jacksonville, when he knew she was in downtown Orlando. When he called her out for lying, Lee asked where Caylee was. She told him Caylee was "being watched by someone" while she was out with a friend. Went to several bars downtown to try and find Casey, but he didn't find her. He said their mother eventually told him to stop pursuing Casey. It was then that he found out that no one had seen Casey or Caylee for weeks.  
On July 15, 2008, Lee said his father, George Anthony, asked him to come to his house. When he arrived, he went through the garage, saw the white Pontiac Sunfire, and noticed a strong, potent smell coming from it. He said the windows of the car were down, and there was writing on the windshield. He said Casey and Cindy arrived home about five minutes later, and Casey went right to her room. 
At this point during questioning, prosecutor Frank George reviewed a deposition of Lee on July 30, 2009. Lee seemed to struggle remembering his previous statements. 
Lee said it was the first time he had ever heard of a nanny. Eventually, Lee said he approached her and tried to use role play to simulate a police officer's questions to her. Started asking questions, she looked at him "with no reaction," until finally, Casey told him that she had not seen Caylee for 31 days, and that her nanny took her. Casey told him she had camped outside the nanny's house, and was staying with Tony Lazzaro while trying to find Caylee.
Went to get Casey's things from Lazzaro's apartment. Told Lazzaro that Caylee was missing, and asked for Casey's laptop. Lee said the computer displayed a solid blue screen, and his attempts to restart the computer did not work. He said he also took two of Casey's bags from Lazzaro's apartment, including one containing several receipts. Lee counted 19 receipts on the witness stand.
His testimony was extremely frustrating for me to watch because no matter what the prosecution asked, defense was constantly objecting. 
All in all in my opinion, Lee's testimony was very forgetful just as he couldn't remember things on the stand, there was nothing memorable of his testimony.  Could it have been because he didn't want to be a memorable witness. Who did it benefit? The defense or the prosecution. I think none of them.


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