Posted: 4:15 pm EDT June 16, 2010Updated: 2:36 pm EDT June 21, 2010
ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. -- The case against Casey Anthony was back in court Monday afternoon for a status hearing, but Casey did not attend. Judge Perry said she doesn't have to come to the monthly status hearings, which won't involve arguments on major issues.
The hearing lasted less than 30 minutes and the only real decision that came out of it is that the issue over 911 calls will be heard at an already-scheduled hearing July 15.
“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,” Cindy Anthony said in the 911 call (hear it).
DOCUMENT: Motion To Hear 911 Call
CINDY'S 911 CALLS: Dead Body | Turn In Casey | Caylee Gone
Cindy Anthony made the frantic 911 call minutes after Casey told her that Caylee had been missing for 31 days. Cindy allegedly told co-workers that George thought the car smelled like a dead body. It was the reason her manager made her leave work that day and get to the bottom of why Casey's car was towed and where Caylee was.
The defense is claiming the 911 call was not an excited utterance, but rather hearsay that should not be allowed in as evidence. Prosecutors, however, say they want a jury to hear that third 911 call and Cindy's first call to 911, which reveals Casey’s claim about Caylee disappearing with a nanny named Zenaida Gonzales. That is what Casey told her mother to explain why Caylee was missing.
Meanwhile, after the hearing, the defense made a comment to WFTV reporter Kathi Belich that was a reverse of previous statements they've made. They are now claiming no one from EquuSearch searched the area where Caylee’s remains were later found, despite previously claiming EquuSearch had searched there; the defense had used that claim to this point as their proof that Casey couldn’t have killed Caylee because she was in jail when, the defense had said, the body was put there.
CASEY'S DEFAMATION TRIAL DATE SET
Casey Anthony's defamation trial has now been scheduled for August 29, 2011. That's a year and a half later than the date discussed at the last hearing.
That means the civil trial will happen after Casey's criminal trial, which is set for May 2011.
Sometime soon, attorneys representing Casey’s accuser, Zenaida Gonzalez, will be deposing Casey's jail pen pal, Robyn Adams, who's now in federal prison.
Gonzalez has the same name as Caylee's alleged nanny, who detectives say does not exist.
GEORGE SHOWS OFF TATTOO ON GMA
George and Cindy Anthony spoke out about the case against their daughter Casey. June 15, 2010 marked the two year anniversary of when they last saw their granddaughter Caylee alive.
In an interview on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday morning, Cindy wore jewelry in tribute to Caylee and George showed off a tattoo he got in memory of his slain granddaughter (raw video | images).
GMA INTERVIEW: Raw Video | See Images
VIDEO REPORT: George's Tattoo, "My Sunshine"
“It just means so, so much to me. Like, when people, like, pledge allegiance or something like that. Even when I do that or I put my hand of my heart, I'm like, ‘Ah man. She's here with me,’" George Anthony said to reporter Ashleigh Banfield.
“Do you foresee a day where you might stop wearing those bracelets?” Banfield asked.
“No,” Cindy Anthony replied.
“Not gonna do that,” George said.
In July 2008, people in Orlando remember a now infamous 911 call made by Cindy when Caylee disappeared.
In the call, Cindy told the dispatcher, "I found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car."
But Cindy insists she only mentioned a body to get deputies to her East Orange County home quicker.
“So when you said that it smells like there's been a body in the trunk, you didn't mean that? You just wanted the police out faster?" Banfield asked.
“Yeah, because, there was never, I never thought that," Cindy said Tuesday.
The Anthonys believe their daughter is innocent and claim investigators have tried to paint her as a monster.
“I think they were frustrated with Casey, because I was told by the investigators the first night that they took her that they were gonna break her in 24 to 48 hours. And they didn't break her and they haven't broken her because there's nothing to break,” Cindy said.
But Casey lied to investigators multiple times during the first 48 hours.
“I can understand their suspicion. But there's still nothing that proves that Casey did anything, except lie to them about her work and things like that,” Cindy explained.
“But isn't that powerful?” Banfield asked Cindy.
“I don't know. A liar doesn't make you a murderer,” Cindy replied.
As the Anthonys enter the third year of this, they're still trying to come to terms with Caylee's death.
“We've been dealing with this almost as long as Caylee was alive, because Caylee wasn't quite three when this started. So it seems like this nightmare is, has lasted longer than the moments that we had with her. That makes is very, very difficult,” Cindy said.
Cindy said she believes Casey will not be convicted and will return home to their house on Hopespring Drive soon.
Casey Anthony is facing the death penalty for Caylee's murder. Casey's murder trial is set to begin in May 2011.
PROSECUTORS WANT CINDY ANTHONY'S 911 CALL HEARD
Prosecutors in the case against Casey Anthony say that 911 calls made by Casey’s mother, Cindy, should be heard during her murder trial.
DOCUMENT: Motion To Hear 911 Call
CINDY'S 911 CALLS: Dead Body | Turn In Casey | Caylee Missing
"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," Cindy Anthony said in the 911 call (hear it).
Prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday (read it) to include the calls, saying they help show the progression of stories Casey Anthony told to explain the disappearance of her daughter Caylee. But the defense team says the calls should be excluded because they're "testimonial."
Chief Judge Belvin Perry says he will decide on the issue later on in the case.
WHAT'S NEXT IN THE CASE?
The hearing originally scheduled for June 17 has been rescheduled for July 15 at 2:00pm. Also, a status hearing is scheduled for June 21 at 1:30pm. Casey will not be attending the status hearing.
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