Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Who is Vasco Thompson? A surprise witness, that's who!!!

On the same day Chief Judge Belvin Perry denied a defense motion for acquittal, the defense introduced a new person to the murder case, Vasco Thompson, an Orlando felon with a violent past.
The defense filing in court documents says Thompson is a "recently discovered witness through the ongoing efforts of defense investigators."
Thompson, according to the filing, "was connected to George Anthony through his cell phone records."
The document goes on to say "Thompson has a violent criminal history and has served a ten year prison sentence for kidnapping."
Thompson refused interview attempts by the defense and called law enforcement when questioned, the document shows.
Due to the recently discovered and unexpected relationship between George Anthony and Thompson, their cellphone calls, and Thompson's "violent criminal history," the defense claims "good cause is shown for the late disclosure of this witness."
Defense attorney Cheney Mason wrote in the motion that the defense has to "depose Mr. Vasco Thompson to determine the existence of relevant admissible evidence in this trial."
Attorney for the Anthony family, deny any relationship between Thompson and George.  
It's unclear exactly how Thompson might play into the defense strategy.

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