The LawNewz Network (LNN) is revisiting the Casey Anthony trial with original footage, reporting, and new interviews with both members of the prosecution and defense in the high-profile murder case. Owned by Dan Abrams, LNN landed interviews with Cheney Mason and Jeff Ashton who not only discussed their firsthand accounts with Casey Anthony and the 2011 trial but presented new information. Most notable was information provided by Anthony’s defense attorney, Cheney Mason, who stated Anthony couldn’t remember events from the day Caylee Anthony died and had suffered a blackout.
Mason’s statements have been met with skepticism by some and an explanation for Casey’s lack of explanation for her 2-year-old daughter’s 2008 disappearance by others. Anthony faced charges of aggravated child abuse, first-degree murder, and aggravated manslaughter of a child. She was also charged with four counts of lying to law enforcement officials. If convicted of first-degree murder, Anthony would have faced the death penalty. She was acquitted of all charges but found guilty of lying to law enforcement.
Since Anthony’s acquittal, Casey has kept a low profile, except for an Associated Press interview published earlier this year. In that interview, Anthony stated that to this day, she is unsure of how her daughter Caylee Anthony died. Cheney Mason elaborated a bit on Casey Anthony’s frame of mind at the time of Caylee’s death, as reported by LNN.
“I believe that Casey’s mind, in some dimension, I guess the common word would say ‘snapped.’ She didn’t go crazy by any means — but blackout — completely a blackout — of what went on and what happened.”
Caylee Anthony was reported missing by her grandmother Cindy Anthony on July 15, 2008. From the start, the focus was on Caylee’s mother Casey, as it was learned she had failed to report Caylee missing for 31 days. The last time anyone reportedly saw Caylee Anthony alive was on June 16, 2008. According to the prosecution, Casey spent those 31 days partying and enjoying life without the restraints of motherhood and had stated Casey murdered Caylee in cold blood in order to regain her freedom. The defense presented a different theory and stated Caylee Anthony was not a murder or child abuse victim but accidentally drowned in the family pool.
Between 2008 and 2011, the case dominated headline news and people across social media networks drew their own theories as to what happened to Caylee. According to the AP interview, Casey Anthony isn’t convinced that Caylee drowned.
“Everyone has their theories, I don’t know. As I stand here today, I can’t tell you one way or another. The last time I saw my daughter, I believed that she was alive and was going to be OK, and that’s what was told to me.”
LNN also interviewed prosecutor Jeff Ashton who spoke about the AP interview and Casey’s reaction to the mysterious circumstances surrounding Caylee’s death. Ashton stated the following.
“I find it absolutely amazing that after all these years, Casey Anthony has so little curiosity about what happened to her daughter.”
What do you think? Do you believe the theory that Casey Anthony suffered a blackout and has no recollection of the events surrounding Caylee’s death?
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