Timeline In The Case Against
Tuesday, February 03, 2009 8:48:48 AM
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Jan. 30, 2009
Judge Stan Strickland hears five motions in the case. He
denied a defense motion to kick prosecutors off the case. He granted the
defense's request to inspect the site where Caylee's body was found. He
turned down a request by the defense for the records of Texas
Equusearch. A motion regarding the defense's witness list was considered
moot because it had already been resolved. The next status hearing was
Jan. 29, 2009
Judge Stan Strickland orders Casey Anthony to appear at
all court hearings in her case.
Jan. 23, 2009
George Anthony is found safe at the Hawaii Motel in
Daytona Beach, and was taken to Halifax Hospital. Daytona Beach police
says he had sent messages to family members saying he did not want to
George Anthony is reported missing after failing to show up for a
meeting with lawyer Brad Conway at the Anthony home.
A new motion hearing in the case against Casey Anthony is
scheduled for Jan. 30. The hearing will decide whether Jose Baez can
obtain records from Texas EquuSearch in the search for Caylee, and
whether Baez can inspect the scene where Caylee's remains were found.
New documents reveal interviews conducted with Casey
Anthony's friends, as well as text messages Casey sent in July, after her
daughter went missing.
Roy Kronk appears on "Good Morning America," saying he first
saw a suspicious bag in August in the area where he eventually found
Caylee's remains in December. Kronk claimed the deputy he reported the
bag to did not want to investigate further, because the area was under
water and infested by snakes at the time.
Judge Strickland rules Jose Baez can set up a secure database for
images of Caylee's remains. Baez was told the photos cannot leave his
office until he can prove that he has a secure Web site. He cannot make
copies of the photos.
Judge Jose Rodriguez denies a request by lawyers for Zenaida
Gonzalez to depose Casey Anthony before her criminal trial.
Dec. 30, 2008
Word comes that Roy Kronk, the meter reader who
discovered Caylee's remains, could be eligible for the reward offered for
information leading to Caylee's return.
Lee Anthony, Casey's brother, retains an attorney.
An anonymous donor drops 125 gift-wrapped toys from
Bloomingdale's off at Caylee's memorial site. The Orlando Union Rescue
Mission will give the toys to the 84 children in the organization's custody.
Jose Baez files a motion requesting pictures, X-rays and other
documentaion of the remains of Caylee Anthony when they were originally
found and during the autopsy. Judge Stan Strickland rules the documents
must be turned over within two weeks.
The Orange-Osceola County Medical Examiner confirms that the
remains found near the Anthony home do belong to Caylee Marie Anthony.
Sheriff's spokesman Angelo Nieves says that they continue to
find more bones in the area where a child's skeletal remains were found
and are expanding their search to a larger area. He also said the meter
reader who found the remains had called in tips three times before on Aug.
13. Deputies responded to one of those calls.
Orange County Sheriff Kevin Beary says the skeletal remains'
measurements and hair color match that of Caylee Anthony. The Kid
Finders Network calls off actively searching for Caylee.
The skeletal remains of what appeared to be a small child are
found one-quarter mile from the Anthony home.
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Judge Stan Strickland postpones the murder trial of Casey
Anthony. A new status hearing is set for Jan. 15.
Jose Baez requests Caylee sightings video through subpoena
State says it will not seek the death penalty against Casey
Jailhouse visits between Caylee and her family are released.
Judge Stan Strickland orders prosecutors to turn over all
evidence to the defense. He also ruled that the defense can't test the hair
found in Casey Anthony's trunk because there is too little of a sample left.
Anthony family releases photo to News 13 that they received of a
little girl playing at a mall that they think could be Caylee.
Attorney Mark NeJame resigns as the attorney for George and
Bounty hunter Leonard Padilla says one of his associates -- who
had been inside the Anthony home -- told him that Casey criticized people
looking for her daughter, saying they hadn't even found the clothes she
World famous forensic scientist Henry Lee examines Casey
Anthony's car. Police said they found evidence of human decomposition
and a hair belonging to Caylee in the trunk.
Nov. 13: Divers search a lake in Blanchard Park for Caylee Anthony. A
plastic bag with what appeared to be bones and toys, and that was
weighed down with bricks, was recovered. However, authorities said the
find was not significant to the investigation.
Texas EquuSearch leads group of volunteers in a search of a 25-
acre area around Orlando International Airport for Caylee. They found
Judge agrees to continue Casey's check fraud hearing to Dec. 11.
Orange County Jail officials warn Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose
Baez, about hugging his client during jail visits.
Trial date on first-degree murder charges set for Jan. 5. A pre-trial
date was set for Dec. 11.
Forensic tests on the trunk of Casey Anthony's car are released.
The air sample tests show evidence of human decomposition, and that a
hair found in the trunk is "microscopically similar" to hair found in Caylee's
hair brush. The report also confirmed the presence of chloroform.
Child neglect charges are dropped against Casey Anthony after
she is charged wtih murder and child abuse.
A tip line established by the Anthony family for leads to help find
Caylee alive opened at midnight. The number is (888) 231-5618.
Casey Anthony has her first appearance before a judge and no
bond is allowed because she has been charged with a captial crime --
A grand jury indicts Casey Anthony on seven counts, including
first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter
and four counts of providing false information.
591 pages of files were released by the Orange County Sheriff's
Office, including text messages, interviews with family and friends.
Casey Anthony was taken before a judge and then released on
$1,250 bond. She was, again, fitted with an ankle monitoring device.
Casey Anthony turns herself in on new economic charges
unrelated to Caylee's disappearance. The charges include uttering a
forged instrument, petty theft and criminal use of personal information.
Texas EquuSearch temporarily calls off the search for Caylee
Anthony, citing environmental conditions and concerns.
Orange County deputies retrieve a handgun from the trunk of
George Anthony's car. Having a gun on the property is a violation of
Casey's bail, but since it seems Casey was unaware of the gun, she is not
taken back into custody.
Casey Anthony is to be released from jail for a second time on
bond. She will be required to wear an ankle monitoring device.
An anonymous person posts the $500,000 bond for Casey
Anthony through two Florida bonding companies.
Casey Anthony refuses an offer of limited immunity in exchange
for information leading to Caylee.
The Orange County Sheriff's Office confirms hair found in the
trunk of Casey Anthony's car belonged to Caylee.
Texas EquuSearch, a mounted search and recovery group,
arrive in Central Florida to help search for Caylee.
New bond for Casey Anthony is set for $3,000 for charges not
related to Caylee's disappearance. The original posted bond has been
revoked, so Casey will remain in jail even if the new bond is posted.
Casey is rearrested on economic crime charges not related to
Caylee's disappearance. The charges include uttering a fraudulent
instrument, petty theft, and fraudulent use of personal information.
Deputies say they have surveillance video of Casey using forged checks.
Deputies serve Casey, George, Cindy and Lee Anthony with
criminal witness subpoenas to appear in court sometime in November.
The Orange County Sheriff's Offices fires Recruit Deputy
Anthony Rusciano, who may have had ties to Casey Anthony. Deputies
say Rusciano provided inaccurate and incomplete responses on an
ongoing criminal investigation. It is not confirmed if the investigation is
related to the case of Casey Anthony.
Hundreds of documents are released in the investigation into
Caylee's disappearance. The documents reveal Cindy Anthony called her
daughter, Casey, a sociopath and a "mooch." The documents also say
Casey wanted to give Caylee up for adoption, according to a friend of
Casey's, but Cindy would not let her.
Casey is released from prison at 10:30 a.m. after being fitted with
an electronic monitoring device.
Leonard and Tony Padilla post bond necessary for Casey's
Leonard Padilla arrives in Orlando.
California bounty hunter Leonard Padilla announces he and his
nephew, bail bondsman Tony Padilla, will fly to Orlando and post Casey's
$500,000 bond. Padilla says they are doing this to "find the baby."
Two private invesigators meet with Casey. Investigators were
identified as Edward Phlegar and Casey Dominic, both investigators for
Casey's attorney, Jose Baez.
George Anthony says that he believes Caylee was kidnapped
and that the kidnappers are being watched.
Casey cancels a scheduled meeting with her parents, the second
time in three days she has refused to meet with her family.
Caylee's third birthday comes and goes with no new leads on the
missing girl's whereabouts.
Casey refuses to see her brother, Lee, for a scheduled meeting.
Lee's visit is rescheduled for Tuesday.
Investigators serve a search warrant at the Anthony home and
remove a number of clothing items belonging to Casey, which her mother
said had been in Casey's car. Some of them has been washed by Cindy
Anthony because they had a foul odor.
Deputies confirm that the last time Caylee was seen by anybody
other than Casey was on June 15. There is video from that day and
investigators found pictures from Father's Day on Casey's computer.
Investigators say a call Casey said she got on July 15 in which
Caylee talked to her probably didn't happen. Phone records show ther was
no call to Casey's cell phone at the time the call was supposed to have
The Orange County Sheriff's Office take several bags of evidence
from the Anthony home.
George and Cindy Anthony are interviewed by the FBI.
The Fifth District Court of Appeals in Daytona Beach deny Baez's
appeal of the $500,000 bond, asking that it be reduced to $10,000. That
appeal was denied.
Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, asks a judge to bar the
release of jail house recorded conversations, 911 tapes and visitor logs to
the media. That request was denied.
A bond hearing is held for Casey Anthony. Her mother, father,
brother and a detective in the case all testify. The judge sets bail at
Casey Anthony is officially charged with child neglect, lying to
investigators and interfering with a criminal investigation. The judge denies
bond because she showed a "woeful disregard for the welfare of her child."
The Sheriff's office starts to search the backyard of the Anthony
The Sheriff's Office takes possession of the car and finds
evidence of possible human decomposition. The car is sent to the
Police talk to Zenaida Gonzalez who says she does not know
Casey Anthony. Police also take Casey to Universal Studios where she
said she worked. After leading them to a building, she admitted she was no
longer employed there.
The Sheriff's Office is notified that Caylee Anthony has been
missing since June 9.
After they had not seen Caylee for some time, the girl's
grandparents got concerned and confronted Casey, convincing her to go to
the sheriff's office.
The car Casey had been using is towed from the Amscot store
on Goldenrod Road and Colonial Drive.
June 24 or June 25
Detective Corp. Yuri Melich testified during Casey
Anthony's bond hearing that a witness came forward who said he had
talked to Casey on the phone on either June 24 or June 25 and that he
heard Caylee in the background. The witness said that at one point in the
conversation Casey told Caylee to get down from the table.
June 9 - July 12
Casey Anthony tells her parents that she had been
going to work every day and that Caylee had been staying with friends or
Caylee's grandmother, Cindy Anthony, revised her estimate to
this date as the last time she saw the girl in her testimony in Casey's bond
hearing in July. Cindy Anthony said video of Caylee reading a book helped
her remember that Caylee went with her to visit her father at an assisted
living facility on Father's Day.
George Anthony says Caylee was spotted by friends of the
Anthony family in a shopping area near the Orange-Seminole county lines.
She was wearing a pink and blue outfit and white-rimmed sunglasses.
Casey Anthony said that on June 9, she dropped Caylee off at a
babysitter who lived at the Sawgrass Apartments. She said the babysitter's
name was Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez.