According to a private investigator hired by Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, Casey Anthony killed her daughter, Caylee. The private investigator, Dominic Casey, said in legal filings that Casey Anthony not only killed and buried her 2-year-old daughter but that her defense attorney was desperately trying to find Caylee’s body before “anyone else did.”
Defense attorney Jose Baez reportedly hired the private investigator to help with Casey Anthony’s legal defense. On July 28, 2008, Baez allegedly told the private investigator he knew that Casey had indeed killed her daughter, reports KTLA. The private investigator also alleges that in addition to killing her daughter, Casey Anthony also paid for her legal services with sex and that Anthony’s legal defense team deliberately tried to cast suspicion on Roy Kronk when Caylee’s body was found.
Kronk, a meter reader, found Caylee Anthony’s body not far from her grandparents’ Florida home in December 2008. After making the discovery, there was considerable speculation as to whether or not he may have had something to do with the disappearance and death of the tot.
“Baez had told me that Casey had murdered Caylee and dumped the body somewhere and, he needed all the help he could get to find the body before anyone else did.”
Dominic Casey didn’t remain a private investigator in the Casey Anthony case for long, quitting roughly three months into the job in October 2008.
The private investigator’s allegations against Casey Anthony became public knowledge last month amid legal documents filed in Casey Anthony’s bankruptcy case. You can read the legal documents in their entirety here.
Caylee Anthony was reported missing on July 15, 2008, by her grandmother. By the time her grandmother learned that the 2-year-old had vanished, her mother said that she had been missing for around a month, or since June 16. Casey Anthony told an array of differing stories related to her daughter’s disappearance, initially telling her mother, Cindy, that Caylee had been kidnapped by her nanny, Zenaida “Zanny” Fernandez-Gonzalez roughly a month prior. As Biography reports, it was soon discovered that Casey Anthony had never employed such a nanny, and that would be just the tip of the iceberg when it came to her lies.
Casey Anthony was arrested in connection with her daughter’s disappearance on July 16, but ultimately her $500,000 bond was posted by reality TV star Leonard Padilla, who hoped that once she was freed, Anthony might lead investigators to her daughter. She returned home on August 21 but did nothing to help police find her daughter. Casey Anthony’s freedom was short-lived, and she was arrested eight days after her release for forging checks and identity theft.
Caylee Anthony’s skeletal remains were discovered in December of 2008 near her grandparents’ home. Caylee Anthony’s remains were too badly decomposed to determine a cause of death, but prosecutors proceeded to try Casey Anthony for her daughter’s murder. Casey Anthony’s defense argument was that Caylee had accidentally drowned in her grandfather’s care, and he and Casey had panicked and hidden her body.
In 2011, the nation and the world were shocked when Casey Anthony was found not guilty of her daughter’s murder. She was convicted of lying to police and sentenced to four years of incarceration plus fined over $200,000 for Caylee’s search. After spending three years and one day in jail, Casey Anthony was released early, given credit for time served and good behavior, on July 17, 2011.
Anthony has lived primarily in seclusion since her release amid hostility and even death threats from those who thought she’d gotten away with murdering her adorable 2-year-old daughter. Following the news that Casey Anthony’s attorney allegedly admitted to his private investigator that Casey was guilty in the death of her daughter, social media erupted.
@abc15 And this is news? Of course she did. Anyone who was paying the smallest amount of attention to this case knows Anthony is guilty.— J Brooks (@magnolia61FL) May 26, 2016
Anthony’s defense attorney initially stayed mum regarding the allegations that he admitted to his private investigator that Casey Anthony had, in fact, killed Caylee. However, Baez eventually released a statement to People Magazine denying his sexual involvement with Casey Anthony.
“I unequivocally and categorically deny exchanging sex for my legal services with Ms. Anthony … I further unequivocally and categorically deny having any sexual relationship with Ms. Anthony whatsoever.”
Several media outlets have reported that Baez is planning to sue his former private investigator over Dominic Casey’s statements that he traded legal services for sex in the Casey Anthony case.
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