By Jen Heger – Radar Legal Editor
Famed Los Angeles prosecutor, Danette Meyers, tells RadarOnline.com is an exclusive video interview that all evidence points towards Casey Anthony having murdered her 2-and-a-half-year old daughter Caylee.
“I think the prosecution put forth enough evidence to convict Casey Anthony beyond a reasonable doubt of the murder Caylee Anthony. All of the evidence points towards Casey Anthony,” Meyers says. “The defense, they have to put her on the stand in order to prove what they were going to prove in opening statements without the father admitting that he molested his daughter, without the father admitting that Caylee drowned in the pool, the only other witness to that is Casey Anthony, and if she doesn’t take the stand, I don’t know what they argue, because the circumstantial evidence is overwhelming.”
Meyers, who isn’t involved in the case, and is running to become the Los Angeles District Attorney, says in no uncertain terms that in her opinion Casey’s attorney MUST put his client on the stand to testify in her own defense if she has any hope of acquittal.
“[Casey's attorney, Jose Baez] has to, if he is going to argue that Caylee Anthony drowned in the pool, he has got to put her on the stand, otherwise he can’t argue that. He has nothing,” Meyers states.
Meyers believes though that despite evidence being overwhelming, the prosecution might still have a hard time convincing the jury to convict Casey of first degree murder, which would make her eligible for the death penalty. “That is going to be a tougher stretch for the prosecution, but they could,” Meyers says.
Caylee’s body was found in a wooded area near the family’s home in Orlando, Florida in December, 2008; she had been missing for six months.
While the prosecution contends Casey murdered Caylee, the defense claims she accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Casey’s father, George Anthony, orchestrated a cover-up to hide the body.
Anthony, 25, is charged with first degree murder and if convicted, she could face the death penalty.