A guest blog by Paul T. Miller
In the Caylee Anthony case, could this hypothetical Alternative Scenario provide a true reasonable doubt? I believe it is far more possible, even probable, than José Baez’s fantasy about an accidental drowning.
Almost nothing has been said about 2 individuals.
Tony Lazzaro her current boyfriend, and Jesse Grund, who at one time was Casey’s fiance and thought he was Caylee’s father. The paternity issue has not been raised; but the time frame is reasonable.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton said Casey Anthony wanted a relationship with her boyfriend, Tony. Caylee, must have been, at the very least, a practical annoyance between Casey & Tony, in their more romantic moments…
The subject of getting rid of Caylee, probably came up on several occasions as does the elimination of a pesky spouse, in infidelity cases. In the early discussions, Casey, a master liar, may have checked the Internet just to make sure the ideas about chloroform & duct tape, would work.
Once they, Tony & Casey, in theory, did it, Casey could not go to grandma’s for current clothes so she dressed her body in older shorts and a top which she had at Tony’s apartment. Who actually did what & when, I don’t know. My hypothetical guess is that Tony actually killed Caylee, since he was not her biological father. After Caylee was dead they put Caylee’s body in Casey’s car. Casey was familiar with wrapping bodies in plastic bags with duct tape from seeing many family pets buried this way.
Casey, being a lifelong and very skillful liar was able to dodge her mother & father’s questions; for a while… But as the smell got worse, they had to dispose of her body.
A first attempt to bury her in the back yard using a neighbor’s shovel didn’t work out. They then picked a dump site close by. Driving a long way away would have been suspicious and require a planning ability neither of them has demonstrated.
After being arrested, Casey needed to talk immediately, urgently, to Tony to coordinate details. This was the famous jail house phone call where she obsessed with getting Tony’s phone number. At first I thought it strange she didn’t know Tony’s phone #, but if you’re living with someone, you rarely need to call them.
The trial – Knowing that Tony, not she, killed Caylee, Casey had an inner sense of confidence. Since she didn’t do it, she could not be found guilty. However, courts & juries are not perfect. If by some error Casey would be found guilty, she would simply, on appeal, throw Tony under the bus…
The rest, as they say, is history…
Paul T. Miller
Independent Investigative Reporter