I wanted to follow-up on my previous article with information about when the State of Florida prosecutors both dropped the Death Penalty charges & later decided to reinstitute the Death Penalty charges and how these decisions fit into the abuse allegations timeline. The following is the evidence of those decisions & what I have concluded.
December 5 2008: State Not Seeking The Death Penalty
In a release about the decision, the State Attorney’s Office wrote:
“This afternoon, after consideration of the law and unique facts applicable to the above case, the State filed its notice that it is not in the best interest of the people of the State of Florida to pursue the death penalty as a potential sentence. Therefore, the State of Florida will not be seeking the death penalty against defendant Casey Anthony.”
If something were to change, for instance if Caylee’s body were to be found before the case goes to trial, prosecutors could change their minds and decide to go for the death penalty.
December 12 2008: Caylee’s remains are finally located via Roy Kronk’s information
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jim Solomons said that a utility worker found the body at 9:32 a.m. EST Thursday in a wooded area less than a half-mile from the house Caylee lived in with her grandparents and mother.
December 16 2008: Lee Anthony’s DNA comparison to Caylee Anthony’s DNA report is recieved proving he is not Caylee Anthony’s Biological father.
See pg 60 of the following document for date this report was recieved. Page 61 describes that DNA was collected, what date, & who from. Page 62 relays the information of Lee not a match for Caylee’s DNA.
December 19 2008: Remains Confirmed To Be Caylee Anthony
Medical Examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia said,
“With regret, I am here to inform you that the skeletal remains found on Dec. 11 are those of the missing toddler Caylee Anthony.”
April 13 2009: Fla. Seeks Death for Casey Anthony Prosecution reverses earlier decision after remains found
Prosecutors knew within days of Caylee’s remains being found that her DNA would not prove the sexual abuse allegations. Four months later they reversed their previous decision and decided to seek the Death Penalty at trial.