CORAL GABLES (LALATE) – The Roy Kronk testimony about Caylee Anthony’s skull remains (photos below) will dominate the Casey Anthony trial today. The Roy Kronk testimony will follow Joe Jordan. Jordan is currently on the stand explaining his search efforts for Texas Equusearch. The defense is setting up a clear path of argument that Caylee Anthony’s remains were tampered with. But will the defense convince the jury?
Joe Jordan was the first defense witness called in the Casey Anthony trial this morning. He volunteered to search for Caylee Anthony for a company called Texas Equusearch. During his testimony, the defense was able to get into evidence a series of aerial photos. The photos depicted the region that Texas Equusearch searched for Caylee’s remains.
Joe Jordan has already told the jury that he believes the remains of Caylee Anthony were moved. But will Jose Baez attempt to do with Roy Kronk?
First, Baez is expected to ask him about his 911 calls. Roy Kronk made not one but three 911 phone calls in three days in August 2008. In one call he claims he found a vinyl bag. He told the dispatcher he thought something was in that bag. Four months passed and Roy Kronk was back on Suburban Drive in December 2008 looking for Caylee’s remains. But why?
Second, Baez is expected to evoke testimony that Kronk allegedly had Caylee Anthony’s remains and moved them. It’s a larger-than-life argument for the defense. But will it be believable?
Third, Baez is expected to focus on the more logical issue of whether Kronk tampered with the remains. Kronk is critical for two issues in this case: the duct tape and the plastic garbage bags. Multiple defense experts assert that Caylee’s duct tape was added after her death. The State argues the tape was used to kill Caylee by suffocation.
Tampering with the remains is critical because of Dr. G’s testimony. Dr. Jan Garavaglia has said that she determined Caylee Anthony’s manner of death was homicide because of three factors – duct tape, Casey Anthony’s behavior, and the plastic bags.
As to the tape, Dr. G told the jury that she has never had a case were a child accidentally dies with tape on her face. As to the behavior, Dr G. said a parent has a duty, and a natural reaction, to report their own loved one missing; if they don’t, it suggests wrongdoing by the parent. And as to the bags, Dr. G said that Caylee was “tossed in a field to rots in bags” suggesting murder. She added that the person who placed Caylee’s remains in the forest was trying to hide the body. Moreover “putting Caylee in a bag is indication for it to be hidden.”
Kronk showed up at the courtroom at 8:30 am today. He was instructed by the defense that he should be ready to be called sometime this morning.
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