The meter reader who found the remains of 2-and-a-half year old Caylee Marie Anthony is expected to take the stand Tuesday in the Casey Anthony murder trial in central Florida, and once again, RadarOnline.com will live stream the proceedings, starting at 9am ET.
On Monday night, an attorney for the meter reader, Roy Kronk, confirmed that defense attorney Jose Baez’s office had requested that Kronk appear in court at 8:30 am Tuesday.
The defense has long questioned Kronk’s role in the discovery of Caylee’s body, and Baez will likely try to cast Kronk as having played some role in the placement of Caylee’s body in the wooded area where her remains were discovered after months of searching turned up nothing.
Meanwhile, in court on Monday, Casey’s defense team asked for another mistrial, according to a motion they filed in the afternoon.
Casey, 25, is being tried for first-degree murder, and if convicted, she could get the death penalty. Her defense cited a recent federal court ruling that said Florida’s death penalty statute is unconstitutional and they want Judge Belvin Perry to “declare a mistrial in this case and begin jury selection anew with a non death-qualified jury.”
This is the latest legal maneuver by the defense to declare a mistrial and came just hours after the judge ruled that Casey was competent enough to continue with the trial. Her lawyers submitted a motion on Saturday to have Casey evaluated by three mental health experts. The trial was subsequently halted and three doctors met with Casey over the weekend.
“Counsel reasonably believes that Ms. Anthony is not competent to aid and assist in her own defense and is incompetent to proceed,” her defense said in the motion.
The judge ruled on Monday though that based on the doctors’ findings Casey was competent to continue with the trial. Last week, there were emotional testimonies from Casey’s mother Cindy, who claimed it was she who searched for the word “chloroform” on the family computer, and Casey’s brother Lee, who cried on the stand when discussing Casey’s pregnancy.
Casey’s lawyers alleged in their opening statements that little Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool on June 16, 2008 and Casey’s father George helped her cover up the death. They also alleged that Casey was sexually abused by both her father and her brother and that’s how she learned to lie - by covering up secrets.
However, the prosecution maintains that Casey murdered Caylee. The defense has said they may call their final witness this week.