ORLANDO, Fla. — The mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter was a party girl who promoted events at Florida nightclubs, though at times she was also an attentive, devoted parent, witnesses testifying at her murder trial said Wednesday.
The prosecution and defense offered jurors strikingly different portrayals of what Casey Anthony was doing in the days immediately after her daughter Caylee was last seen alive.
Anthony, 25, is charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors said Caylee died from three pieces of duct tape being placed over her mouth and nose, while Anthony’s attorney has claimed the toddler accidentally drowned in her grandparents’ pool.
Caylee was last seen June 16, 2008. One of the grandparents’ neighbors, Brian Burner, testified that Anthony asked him two days later if she could borrow a shovel to “dig up a bamboo root.” She returned the shovel about an hour later, he said.
Burner also said he remembered seeing Anthony’s white car backed into the garage on the night of June 16.
About a month before that, Anthony met Tony Lazzaro during a party. They soon became romantically involved and she moved into an apartment he was sharing with four other people. Lazzaro and his ex-roommates testified that they met Anthony’s daughter several times and then at some point in early June, they never saw her again.