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ABC News – Casey Anthony: Could Body Tampering Allegation Shake Case?

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

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By MIGUEL SANCHO and ALICE GOMSTYN (@AliceGomstyn)
June 11, 2011

 

It’s a theory that could eliminate one of the prosecution’s key pieces of evidence in the murder trial of Casey Anthony: Someone tampered with the body of Caylee Anthony, the 2-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her mother.

The murder trial taking place in an Orlando, Fla., courtroom is largely built on circumstantial evidence. One of the most important pieces of evidence are strips of duct tape that were found on Caylee’s skull. Their location indicates that the tape was placed over the toddler’s mouth and nose, suggesting the child was suffocated.

Caylee’s remains, found six months after she was last seen alive, were badly decomposed. The medical examiner concluded her death was a homicide, but could not determine a cause of death.

In his opening statement, lead defense lawyer Jose Baez argued that Roy Kronk, the meter reader who discovered Caylee’s body, tampered with the remains.

“Mr. Kronk is a morally bankrupt individual who actually took Caylee’s body and hid her,” Baez charged. Kronk later “found” the body, Baez claims, because he hoped to collect a reward.

Kronk, who has denied Baez’s accusation, is expected to be called as a witness later in the trial.

DePaul University law professor Andrea Lyon, the former co-lead defense counsel for Casey Anthony, said that if someone did move Caylee’s body before alerting authorities, much of the evidence — including the duct tape — should be considered “legally irrelevant.”

“The physical state of the remains are questionable because it appears that the remains were moved,” she said in an exclusive interview with “20/20.” “And that means that whatever’s on them does not indicate that that’s the way that the child was at the time of her death.”

Evidence photos in the Casey Anthony murder trial

Lyon said the prosecution “cannot prove that the remains were not moved or that duct tape wasn’t placed there later.”

In his opening statement, Baez said that Kronk told his son in November 2008 that he had found Caylee’s body. Kronk didn’t report the body to authorities, Baez said, until a day after he received a $1,000 bill related to car trouble in December.

“He called his son and he said, ‘I’m going to be famous, I’m going to be rich. You know, watch the news, I’m going to be on the news,'” Lyon said.

That call, she said, was made “before he found the body in December, and he took a day off and then just decided to wander into this area that had been searched and searched and searched… and he finds the body,” Lyon told “20/20.” “That’s very suspicious.”

Caylee’s remains were found in an area that had been searched several times earlier, Baez said in his opening statement.

The toddler’s body, he said, “was placed there to be found, not to be hidden.”

Baez did not explain in his opening statement how Kronk allegedly came into possession of Caylee’s body.

Kronk said in 2008 that he “discovered and reported to my management and appropriate authorities the remains of a human body located in a wooded area.”

Recently, a lawyer for Kronk released a statement rejecting Baez’s claims, saying: “This defense theory regarding Mr. Kronk is completely false. The suggestion that Mr. Kronk took possession of Caylee’s remains is totally lacking in logic or explanation. It did not happen.”

The prosecution has not directly addressed the allegation that the body was tampered with but forensic anthropologist John Schultz testified Friday that Caylee’s vertebrae were found all in the same place, a sign that the body was intact when it was brought there. He estimated that the body may have been there as long as six months.

 

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4 Responses to “ABC News – Casey Anthony: Could Body Tampering Allegation Shake Case?”

  1. sophie said

    The idea that this poor man, in order to collect a reward, took the child’s body from it’s original spot to where it was actually found, is beyond ridiculous. If he found her elsewhere…wouldn’t he just report her THERE and collect the reward?

    Geez, it’d save him an awful lot of trouble, having to deal with a decaying body (not to mention risking getting caught with it), smelling up his car, spreading her little tiny bones from here to eternity to make it legitimately appear as though animals had dragged them away, getting his cat to
    chew on the bones to make it look really authentic. I mean, COME ON. What a joke.

    I bet this man is sorrier than the day is long that he found her, that he went to the trouble to make sure she was not ignored out there by negligent law enforcement, that he followed his gut instincts to help a family bury their beloved child.

    Anyone else would have done the same, and they too be dragged through the muck and mire for their trouble. No good deed goes unpunished, they say. Certainly true in this case.

    • 4love2love said

      I hope that he is proud for his finding the body and following his instincts. It would have been impossible for him to move that body without some tell-tale signs that it had been relocated recently. You can’t just kick some leaves around and make it look like it had been there for over a month. The fact that they are trying to drag him through the mud and dragging his name into the muck is just bull.

      You are totally right and I absolutely agree with you.

      Thanks for your comment

  2. artgal16 said

    It doesnt matter what Lyons says – it only matters what the defense can prove.
    The brand of duct tape, the trash bags, the laundry bag and the baby blanket all came from the Anthony house. There is no way the jury will buy this convoluted tale of blaming Roy Kronk the hapless finder of Caylee Anthony. Its just so much garbage, ah I mean trashing of Kronk. Wont fly – er well, you get what I mean.

    • 4love2love said

      I totally agree with you there. They are trying everything possible to get her off, but I know she did it. I mean, what grieving mother goes out partying and shopping while their child is missing? Shopping sprees? Oh, hell no. She doesn’t even seem to care that her child is dead, her parents seem more upset about it and she’s just sorry she got caught.

      Thanks for the comment! 🙂

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