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Casey Anthony’s Attorney Jose Baez Said Her Car Trunk ‘Smelled Like A Dead Body’

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Jul. 4 2012, Published 3:30 p.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Entertainment Editor

Casey Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez has written a tell-all book and in a shocking revelation he says that when he first looked into his client's car, which the prosecution maintained her daughter Caylee’s body was hidden in, he thought he smelled a “dead body!”

Casey was acquitted in 2011 of murdering Caylee, but during her trial prosecutors presented several witnesses that testified to the smell of decomposition in the trunk of her Pontiac Sunfire.

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In Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story Baez recalled the first time he looked in the car trunk.

“I could smell something rotten," he wrote. "I had been to a morgue before and my first impression was that this smelled like a dead body. I smelled something else, a chemical-like substance. If you took a good strong whiff, it almost hurt your nostrils. 'Oh my God,' I thought. 'I’m going to have to talk to Casey about taking a plea.'"

George Anthony testified that when he went to pick up his daughter’s car from the impound lot, he smelled “something that you would never forget,” and said a prayer hoping he wouldn’t find Caylee’s body when he opened the trunk.

When Casey’s mother Cindy Anthony called 9-1-1 in July 2008 she frantically told the operator “There's something wrong. I found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car!”

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Baez said he consulted forensic expert Henry Lee, asking him, “Does this car smell like a human body?” and Lee said, “You never know whether it’s decomposing garbage or a decomposing body.”

Casey’s attorney said this was the answer he was looking for.

“I was extremely relieved,” he wrote in the book.

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