Friday, December 19, 2008

Breaking News: Caylee's Remains Identified

ORLANDO, Fla. - This just moments ago: Authorities announced today, Friday, that DNA tests confirm skeletal remains found in the woods near the Anthony home are those of two-year-old Caylee, who has been missing since June.

Dr. Jan Garavaglia, Chief Examiner for the District 9 Medical Examiner's Office in Florida, said at a news conference that the remains discovered last week by a meter reader match Caylee’s DNA profile. The death is considered a homicide.

How does this impact murder charges pending against the toddler's mother, Casey Anthony? Should prosecutors now go for the death penalty?

10 comments:

Stacy Dittrich said...

So much for speculation. As far as the murder charges go, I think the charges will stand. Pending on the manner of death, if they can determine one, it may be the deciding factor on whether or not the death penalty is put back on the table. If Caylee died a particularly painful and brutal death in which she suffered greatly, they may be compelled to.

Kathryn Casey said...

I imagine, Stacy, that the forensic guys are trying to tie evidence on the bones, break patterns, toxins, etc., to evidence found in the Anthony home, the car, and the searches on Casey's computer, on chloroform, neck breaking, etc.

What if they can't? What if there aren't any indications on the bones of how the little girl died? Am I right to suppose that will open the door wider for an accidental death defense?

Stacy Dittrich said...

Could be, though again, I read the sheriff said, "she died horribly" so I think that squashes the theory of accidental death, but who knows what the defense will come up with!

jigmeister said...

They are going to have to establish a manner and means of death to go capital. Any reasonable doubt that the homicide is intentional (meaning that death of the desired consequences of her actions), will make capital very difficult. However, usually a criminally negligent killing of a young child will support murder or felony murder charges.

Anonymous said...

I heard someone on TV (some random defense lawyer) trying to make it sound like the guy who found her could be responsible for her murder. Lord, they will try everything to make it look like her 'fruitcake, lying' mother did not commit this crime. It makes me sick. I wonder what the defense will actually be?

Kathryn Casey said...

I cringed when I read: "She died horribly." This is such a terrible outcome to this case, although, of course, not unexpected.

It must be devastating for the grandparents, Cindy and George, who were so steadfast in their belief that the child was alive, despite all the mounting evidence. While they haven't been the most sympathetic figures at times, it has been evident throughout that they loved the little girl.

WCI's Diane Fanning is working on a book on this case. Guess we'll have to wait for the trial and Diane's book to get all the answers.

TLTL said...

While I believe the Anthony's love their granddaughter, I doubt they have believed all this time that Caylee was still alive. I think they are doing what they have always done - protect their daughter after she has wreaked havoc and cannot handle the fallout from her actions. It will be interesting to see their attitude now that it has been proven that Caylee is dead and not in the hands of a ficticious
kidnapping nanny.

I think they can go for capitol murder based on the evidence found in the trunk of the car and all the lies and coverup. Society is fed up with child abusers and child killers.

sly said...

I agree with Kathryn and TLTL, I believe the grandparents love Caylee very much, but in my opinion they aren't doing the right thing, because they are trying to protect their daughter. They changed their story about the smell of death in the trunk and are sticking by the false nanny story. I can understand being devastated if your child commits such an awful crime, but they need to tell the truth (It would be nice if Casey did the same, but I'm not holding my breath).

Paralegal Sandy said...

I just think Cindy and George are in denial. If I were in their shoes, I am sure I would hold on to that denial until every last smidgen of hope for it was gone. I would find it very hard to believe that one of my children did such a monstorous thing to one of our own. I just don't believe my mind would let me believe such a thing about one of my children until it was proven beyond a doubt. It's easy to stand on the outside of something and say what you would do IF it were you. But when we start walking in those shoes, we often find that we were wrong about what we THOUGHT we would do.

eai said...

lets see if there's soil from "The Zone" (wooded area) on the soles of the shoes cops hauled out of Casey's closet...............or mom's fingerprints on the duct tape around Caylee's mouth...........what reason would anyone have to put duct tape on the mouth of a dead body (which cant scream).......?