In what seems like a long shot, Casey Anthony's attorneys filed a motion last week to have the entire murder case against Anthony dropped. Anthony is currently awaiting trial for the murder of her daughter, Caylee.
The defense states they were never able to properly inspect the remains when Caylee's body was discovered in the woods December 11, 2008. According to their motion, the body was removed before the defense team could examine it as well as the surrounding topsoil. The team contends that someone other than Anthony placed the body less than a mile from Anthony's home because their client was in jail at the time. The defense, of course, has access to all forensic evidence from the discovery, which states Caylee's body was not moved.
Does this mean Anthony's "dream team" is running out of options for their client? We asked Robin Sax, a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, who says, "A good defense won't file a frivolous motion like dismissing an entire case. It shows an inexperienced defense."
Sax explains that the defense can still argue that the "evidence shouldn't be trusted, but just because the body was moved doesn't mean there wasn't probable cause for the crime."
So why was Caylee's body removed so expeditiously? Sax speculates: "There was a decent amount of information at the crime scene that only the murderer would know, and it would aid in getting information out of Anthony."
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12 Things about Casey Anthony
Three-year-old Caylee Anthony was last seen on June 15, 2008. She was reported missing a month later, on July 15, by her grandmother, Cindy Anthony. Her remains were found by utility worker Roy Kronk on December 11, 2008. Her mother, Casey Anthony, was indicted for first-degree murder on October 14, 2008. To this day, she claims Caylee was kidnapped.
The name of Caylee's father remains a mystery. Casey claims he died in a car accident.
All three generations of women in the Anthony family have the same initials: C.M.A. -- Cindy Marie Anthony, Casey Marie Anthony, and Caylee Marie Anthony.
An estimated 1,100 mourners -- most of whom never knew Caylee -- paid their respects at a memorial held at the First Baptist Church of Orlando on February 10, 2009.
NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" featured an episode inspired by the Casey Anthony saga, starring Hilary Duff as a young mother claiming her toddler was kidnapped.
In March 2008, according to investigators, Casey Anthony did Google searches for the words "shovel," "neck breaking," "peroxide," "acetone," "household weapons," and "chloroform."
In the weeks after Caylee's disappearance, Casey reportedly got a tattoo that reads "la bella vita," which is Italian for "the beautiful life."
On August 20, 2008, Leonard Padilla, a bail bondsman, posted Casey's $500,000 bail. He says he thought having her out of jail would aid in finding Caylee, but he turned on her when she proved uncooperative. He made frequent appearances on television talk shows in the following months, offering unflattering commentary.
According to investigators, Anthony's claim that Caylee was kidnapped might have been inspired by an episode of the popular television show,"One Tree Hill."
On January 23, 2009, Casey's father, George, allegedly attempted suicide because he longed to "be with Caylee."
Casey is housed under the category of "Protective Custody Level One" in the Orange County, Florida, jail. She takes all of her meals in her cell and is allowed out one hour per day to exercise, shower, and make telephone calls. Her cell is 12.5′ × 7′.
In June 2009, a copy of Casey Anthony's high school yearbook sold for $500 on eBay.
|Robin Sax is a former Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney who specialized in prosecuting sex crimes against children. She is the author of six books including "Predators and Child Molesters: What Every Parent Needs to Know To Keep Kids Safe." Robin is a regular legal commentator on Larry King Live, Nancy Grace, Fox News and has a weekly radio show, "Justice Interrupted." Robin lives with her husband and three children in Los Angeles, California|