Clint Home mentioned he’s nonetheless surprised that his former good friend, Casey Anthony, was reportedly in good spirits whereas her daughter was lacking.
Home has come ahead in a brand new Reelz documentary titled “Casey Anthony: Her Associates Communicate,” which options interviews with those that knew “America’s most hated mother,” as Nancy Grace as soon as described her.
Anthony’s lawyer didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark regarding the airing of Reelz’s present.
Caylee Anthony, 2, was final seen on June 16, 2008, however was first reported lacking by her grandmother on July 15. When Anthony was arrested on expenses of kid neglect, she informed police at the moment Caylee had disappeared with a babysitter.
A utility employee working in a wooded space close to the Anthony dwelling in Orlando, Fla., discovered skeletal stays on Dec. 11 that have been later decided to be Caylee’s. Specialists would testify that air samples indicated that decaying human stays had been current in Anthony’s trunk.
The federal government, nonetheless, failed to ascertain how Caylee died, and so they couldn’t discover her mom’s DNA on the duct tape they mentioned was used to suffocate her. After a trial of a month and a half, the jury took lower than 11 hours to search out Anthony not responsible of first-degree homicide, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated youngster abuse.
Nonetheless, Anthony was convicted of 4 counts of mendacity to police (although two counts have been later dropped) and served about three years in jail whereas awaiting trial. Immediately, she lives within the South Florida dwelling of Patrick McKenna, a non-public detective who was the lead investigator on her protection group. She additionally works for him, doing on-line social media searches and different investigative work.
Simply 4 days after Caylee was final seen, Anthony was captured in numerous pictures celebrating at Fusion nightclub and collaborating in a “scorching physique contest” at a celebration hosted by Home. Nevertheless, Home insisted that nobody in Anthony’s circle knew the toddler had vanished.
“At the moment, none of us knew that Caylee was lacking,” he defined. “We couldn’t be stunned. We weren’t stunned till after the actual fact, till police have been speaking about it, asking questions. Till the media received ahold of it and issues exploded. We have been shocked and stunned that she could possibly be out right here doing what she had been doing that evening, and in the meantime, her youngster is lacking. It got here as a giant shock as soon as we came upon about it. However we simply didn’t know.”
Home claimed the final time he noticed Anthony earlier than the trial was in downtown Orlando on July three.
“She simply didn’t look like there was something mistaken,” mentioned Home. “She was like, ‘Hey, how’s it going? Good to see you.’ Then we went our separate methods. That’s the toughest half about this complete story, is that she was simply utterly so regular in the course of the time Caylee was supposedly lacking.”
Home first met Anthony, whom he described on the time as “a enjoyable, bubbly one that favored to have a very good time,” in April 2008. She began courting then-boyfriend Anthony Lazzaro, who was residing with roommates Cameron Campana, Nathan Lesniewicz and Home.
“She simply just about began staying over frequently,” he mentioned. “She by no means technically moved in… however just about she slowly began… staying somewhat extra typically.”
Home mentioned he met Caylee a number of occasions earlier than she vanished.
“She was a really clever 2-year-old,” Home recalled. “She was occurring three [years old] earlier than she went lacking, however she was most likely one of many sweetest little women. Very articulate for her age. You can perceive 90 % of the phrases that have been popping out of her mouth when she was speaking to you. She appeared simply so lively, and he or she was only a nice little woman. She was very well-behaved.”
Within the documentary, Home vividly described that Anthony seemed to be a devoted guardian and took her function severely.
“What we noticed in entrance of us was a really loving, attentive mom,” mentioned Home. “I even testified to that within the trial. That’s what I noticed with my very own two eyes. I by no means noticed her get indignant at Caylee. I by no means noticed her seize Caylee in any form of abusive method. I by no means noticed her must self-discipline Caylee as a result of Caylee was such a well-behaved youngster… She simply appeared like a very good mother.”
Home first realized Caylee was lacking after an ex-girlfriend referred to as and informed him to activate the information. He was surprised to study that Caylee had disappeared.
“I don’t assume you’ll be able to ever fairly put together your self for listening to that somewhat woman you’ve been involved with throughout the final couple of months is hastily lacking, and he or she’s been lacking for a month,” mentioned Home. “There’s nothing you are able to do to organize your self or to listen to one thing like that. It was like a punch within the intestine.”
Home mentioned he was in disbelief by the reviews till he needed to sit down and converse with investigators. Within the documentary, Home visited the spot the place Caylee’s stays have been discovered and have become emotional by what he witnessed.
“How was it that every one the searchers miss this?” he mentioned. “… It was harrowing to be there and see the leftover stays of all of the those who had come and put stuffed animals that had began to decompose into the dust. That was simply actually exhausting, figuring out that’s the place she ended up. She didn’t deserve that in any respect. She actually didn’t.”
The Florida Division of Kids and Households concluded that Anthony was liable for her daughter’s demise as a result of her “actions or the shortage of actions… finally resulted or contributed to the demise of the kid.” In 2017, former Circuit Decide Belvin Perry Jr., who presided the trial, theorized that Anthony might have killed Caylee by accident when she was utilizing chloroform to calm her.
Many individuals nonetheless consider Anthony received away with homicide. In response, Anthony informed the Related Press in 2017, “I don’t give a s—- about what anybody thinks about me, I by no means will. I’m OK with myself, I sleep fairly good at evening.”
Home mentioned Anthony’s actions from through the years converse for themselves.
“She’s mendacity about every thing,” he mentioned. “And that interview, the place she says she sleeps fairly good at evening, are you kidding me? If I used to be placed on trial for killing my child, and I used to be acquitted as a result of I didn’t do it, as quickly as I walked out these doorways on the courthouse, I’d be on a manhunt looking for out who killed my child. I wouldn’t sleep once more till I came upon who killed my child. That claims every thing that you must know.”
Home mentioned he hasn’t heard from Anthony. A number of folks from through the years have tried to contact him on Fb pretending to be her. Immediately he’s a father, which has made him marvel about what actually occurred to the little woman he as soon as knew.
“The individuals who will see it will study that not solely was Casey an actual particular person however so are the individuals who have been dragged into this,” he mentioned. “We’re all simply common those who received pulled into a really, very tragic story, and it nonetheless impacts us to at the present time. It’s been 10 years for the reason that story broke… [but] it didn’t go away… This actually occurred to actual folks, and it nonetheless impacts us to at the present time.”
“Casey Anthony: Her Associates Communicate” airs Dec. 9 at eight p.m. on Reelz. The Related Press contributed to this report.