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Orlando Sentinel – Casey Anthony trial: Baez expects to wrap up by Thursday

Posted by 4love2love on June 24, 2011

By Anthony Colarossi and Water Pacheco, Orlando Sentinel5:12 p.m. EDT, June 24, 2011

A defense attorney for Casey Anthony just told Chief Judge Belvin Perry that he expects to rest his case by Thursday, meaning jurors can expect another five days of defense strategy.

State prosecutors estimated they need another one or two days after that to respond to what the defense has presented.

Perry said he expects to issue an order next week about “basic parameters” of the process to bring this case to a close.

Defense testimony will continue for a full day Saturday, resume Monday and continue through Thursday.

Meanwhile, after jurors were excused today, Defense Attorney Jose Baez accused state prosecutors or investigators of improperly withholding information – an alleged discovery violation.

Baez said Detective Yuri Melich testified he obtained Anthony family phone records from June to December 2008

But Baez said he only had two weeks of phone records

“We don’t have the rest,” Baez said.

State prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick said she will ask Melich about what Baez said is missing.

She was unaware of any intentional discovery violations.

Meanwhile, multiple sidebars and review of case law delayed testimony throughout today.

Earlier today, an emotional Lee Anthony testified in his sister’s murder trial, breaking down on the stand while explaining he felt excluded from his family about Casey’s pregnancy.

“I was very angry at my mom. I was also angry at my sister — that they didn’t want to include me and didn’t find it important enough to tell me,” a sobbing Lee Anthony told jurors.

He said he didn’t visit his sister in the hospital after she gave birth to Caylee.

“I was very hurt. I didn’t think I wanted to believe it,” he said.

When asked if there were other reasons he was angry, Lee said, “No.”

Lee Anthony continued to maintain this afternoon that when he inquired about his sister’s pregnancy, he was told, “to let it go,” by his mother. This came during cross examination by assistant state attorney Jeff Ashton.

While saying he was shut out from plans and discussions about the pregnancy, Lee Anthony also said his mother appeared unhappy about his sister being pregnant.

“It was my impression that she was not thrilled that Casey would have a baby out of wedlock,” Lee said of his mother Cindy.

When asked why he became emotional about this today and not during his deposition in 2009, Lee Anthony said things have changed. He said he did not completely believe his niece was dead in 2009, he said.

Copyright © 2011, Orlando Sentinel

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