Unusual Opening To Monday’s Session Of Casey Anthony Trial
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ORLANDO (CBS4) – Following an abrupt halt to Saturday’s session, the proceedings in the murder trial of Casey Anthony got off to an usual start Monday morning.
The 25-year old Orlando woman is accused of killing her daughter Caylee in 2008.
Around 8:30 a.m., Chief Judge Belvin Perry came into the courtroom without his robe on and handed prosecutors and defense attorneys a big envelope each. He then proceeded to the bench while the lawyers reviewed the contents of the envelopes. Just after 9 a.m. Perry called attorney’s from both sides into chambers.
Just after 9:30 a.m., a robed Perry was seated at the bench and opened the proceedings. The first order of business was a motion of competency for Anthony. Three psychologists examined her over the weekend and stated she was competent to stand trial. Both the state and defense accepted these reports.
The first person called to the stand was the lead detective in the investigation Yuri Melich who acknowledged under previous questioning he misstated dates in which he subpoenaed the phone records of Roy Kronk, the man who found Caylees remains in December 2008.
In an earlier testimony, Kronk said he had secured those records from July through December of 2008. On the stand Monday, he told the jury was actually just a short period during June and early July.
Over the weekend, Perry recessed the day’s proceedings after he met with lawyers from both sides in the case and then a said a “legal matter” had come up. Outside the courthouse, neither side would comment on the reason for the early dismissal. The Orlando Sentinel reported that defense attorney Cheney Mason shouted at the throng of reporters to get out of his way.
On Monday it was revealed that Anthony’s attorneys asked for a check of competency after having a private conversation with their client. The details of that conversation were not released. Judge Perry ordered the three psychologists to evaluate Anthony and report their findings on or before Sunday.
Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge. Her defense attorneys claim Caylee accidentally drowned in the family’s swimming pool.