Orlando, Florida – Although the 12 people on Casey Anthony’s jury who decided her fate would not speak to the media, an alternate juror spoke to HLN, saying he agreed “wholeheartedly” with the group’s not guilty verdict when it came to the murder of Casey’s daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2.
Alternate juror Russell Huekler telephoned the host of HLN’s ‘Prime News,’ Vinnie Politan, to give his opinion regarding the case and offer insight as to what the jury may have been thinking when they came to their decision.
“I agree with their verdict wholeheartedly,” said Huekler.
He said the prosecution did not prove its case and that there was likely a horrific accident that occurred, which Casey and her father George Anthony covered up.
“Unfortunately it snowballed and got away from them,” Huekler added.
Politan asked, “What evidence was there that it snowballed and got away from them that you found compelling?”
Huekler replied, “It was such a horrific accident, they didn’t know how to deal with it… the family appeared to be very dysfunctional and instead of admitting… there was an accident, they chose to hide it for whatever reason.”
Politan then questioned the alternate juror as to why he thinks George would allow his daughter to face a potential death penalty for an accident.
Huekler said George would need to answer that question, adding, “He was very combative… with Mr. Baez many times… I personally thought… he chose not to answer.”
When asked if he believed if Caylee Anthony’s remains were in Casey’s car trunk, Huekler said he didn’t buy it.
“I don’t think there was the evidence of the chloroform… I didn’t buy it… that could have been… cleaning products,” he said. He also said he didn’t see a stain in the trunk that the prosecution contended was decomposing material.
Huekler was also skeptical about the smell emanating out of the trunk as George failed to call 911 right after picking up Casey’s Pontiac Sunfire at the tow yard, despite claiming the odor of decomposition was in the vehicle.
Politan inquired, “…your belief was that all the people that smelled that smell of death… you did not find their testimony credible – any of them?”
Huekler responded, “You have to remember there were a number of law enforcement officers that responded to July 15 and none of them smelled the odor… It was hard for me to accept that there had been a body in the car.”
When questioned about Casey’s partying and lying in the 31 days after Caylee died, but prior to Caylee being reported missing, Huekler said, “…it didn’t affect me a whole lot because what was coming out during the trial was how dysfunctional the family was… an accident happened and they did not deal with it appropriately.”
In addition, Huekler noted that he found no evidence that George molested Casey, as the defense asserted during trial.
Politan asked Huekler his opinion as to why duct tape was found with Caylee’s remains.
“I saw the same pictures you saw… the duct tape with the skeletal remains. Why do you think the duct tape was there?” Politan inquired.
Huekler said he believed whomever disposed of Caylee’s body “had taped… all that together… There was testimony about how the Anthonys buried their pets… When Lee came up and said ‘yea’ they had used duct tape… I personally think that’s how they buried Caylee… the same way they buried pets, but they couldn’t do it in the backyard.”
Politan then commented the defense produced “zero evidence” of how Caylee died and asked Huekler what he thought of that fact.
“No one could tell us [how Caylee died],” he said.
“Casey could have if she testified,” said Politan.
Despite being found not guilty of murder, Casey was found guilty of lying to law enforcement, for which she is slated to be sentenced on Thursday.
To watch the entire Casey Anthony trial, including jury selection, opening statements, court proceedings, witness testimony and closing arguments, click here.
To revisit Casey’s case, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
In addition, links to a multitude of videos and photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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