Casey Anthony Update: Murder suspect cries as her own mother takes the stand during hearing
(CBS/WKMG) ORLANDO, Fla. - Wednesday's suppression hearing in the Casey Anthony murder trial got emotional when the young mother accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, began to cry as her own mother took the stand.
Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, took the stand and answered questions from a defense team attorney, Cheney Mason, and a state prosecutor. Casey Anthony broke down and cried when she saw her mother take the stand, according to CBS affiliate WKMG.
By calling Cindy Anthony to the stand, Casey Anthony's defense team hoped to show that their client was effectively in custody before she provided what authorities say were deceptive statements after Cindy Anthony called 911 to report that her granddaughter, Caylee, was missing, the station reported.
The defense will argue that any statements a suspect gives after being placed in custody should come only after the suspect is read their Miranda rights.
Cindy Anthony testified that her daughter was put in handcuffs, July 15, the evening Caylee was reported missing, and the following morning, she was questioned by a detective at the family's home without being read her rights.
That detective, Yuri Melich, testified Wednesday that he was not aware Casey Anthony had previously been placed in handcuffs, and he did not read her her Miranda rights because he was treating her as the mother of a missing child, not a suspect, WKMG reported.
Cindy and George Anthony, Casey Anthony's father who is a former police officer, testified that officers indicated to him that Casey Anthony would be going to jail.
"[Sgt. John Allen] actually told my husband and myself that he may not be bringing Casey back home," Cindy Anthony said, according to the station.
The state argued that Casey Anthony voluntarily gave statements to detectives. If Judge Belvin Perry agrees with the state, her statements will be allowed in court at trial.
Casey Anthony, 24, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony.
Caylee was 2 years old when she was reported missing in July 2008, one month after being last seen by her grandparents. Caylee's remains were discovered by a meter reader in December 2008.
Casey Anthony's trial is expected to begin May 9.
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