By Jen Heger
Radar Legal Editor
As the prosecution in the Casey Anthony murder trial prepares to rest their case, and the defense gets ready to present their side, a famed prosecutor tells RadarOnline.com that Casey Anthony MUST testify if she hopes to be acquitted.
Los Angeles Deputy District Attorney Danette Meyers, who is not directly involved in the Anthony trial, tells RadarOnline.com: “The defense has to establish what they said in their opening statements. Mr. Baez (Casey’s attorney) said that Casey was molested by her father. Casey’s father denied those allegations when he was on the stand. The only person that can establish that it did happen is Casey Anthony, period. Anthony has to impeach her father’s testimony, it has to be countered and dealt with.”
Anthony, 25, is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in the summer of 2008. Caylee’s remains were found in a wooded area six months later. Prosecutors maintain that Casey suffocated the little girl with duct tape while the defense claims Caylee accidentally drowned in the family’s pool, and Casey’s father, George Anthony, coerced his daughter into covering it up.
Meyers, who has dealt with many high profile cases, including Lindsay Lohan and successfully convicting a Mexican gang mafia ordered execution, says the jury may have a difficult time convicting Casey Anthony of first degree murder. “That is going to be a very difficult call for the jury, whether to convict Casey of first or second degree murder,” Meyers says.
“First degree murder means that there was premeditation. The jury could easily convict Ms. Anthony of second degree murder, with no premeditation. If the jury believes that Ms. Anthony chloroformed her daughter so that she could go out and party, then, second degree murder would be the appropriate verdict given that scenario. This jury needs to be very solid and a good jury that thinks concisely.
“The jury must look at all of the evidence, and take it to the logical conclusion that points to one person, Casey Anthony. From what I have heard so far, I’m convinced that Ms. Anthony did it, and that she is guilty,” Meyers reveals.
If Casey is convicted of first degree murder, she could face the death penalty.
Danette Meyers is running to be the Los Angeles District Attorney.