Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Casey Anthony detectives to speak to the media

The Orlando Sentinel and other media are reporting that three Orange County Sheriff's Office detectives who worked the murder case against Casey Anthony will speak at a news conference this afternoon at 1 p.m.

Here is the Sentinel's story:
The lead detectives who investigated Caylee Marie Anthony's disappearance and built the murder case against her mother Casey Anthony will speak publicly today.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office is organizing a 1:30 p.m. press conference for the media to question Sgt. John Allen, Cpl. Yuri Melich and Cpl. Eric Edwards.

The three detectives talked to Anthony at various times in the investigation.

Melich and Allen questioned her extensively in July 2008, when Anthony led them to Universal Studios, where she claimed she worked.

During Anthony's trial, jurors heard a recording of their conversation at a Universal office. In it, the detectives pressed Anthony for information on Caylee, confronted her about her lies, and even asked if Caylee accidentally died.

At the time, Anthony stuck with her story — a scenario defense attorney Jose Baez admitted at trial was a lie — which was that Caylee was kidnapped by a babysitter named Zenaida.

Melich repeatedly testified during Anthony's trial.

Also scheduled to be on-hand at today's press-conference is crime scene investigator Gerardo Bloise and Deputy Jason Forgey.

Bloise inspected Anthony's Pontiac Sunfire, and Forgey's K-9, a trained cadaver dog, made a hit on the car and a spot in the Anthony's backyard.

Each of the Sheriff's Office employees testified at Anthony's several-week trial.

A jury ultimately found Anthony not guilty of murder and other charges related to the toddler's death, but guilty of lying to law-enforcement officers. She is expected to be released from the Orange County jail on Sunday.
 Check back at Bradenton.com for additional details.

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