Orlando, Fla. – Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy Anthony, were asked to be decoys during her Sunday morning jail release to avert unwanted attention away from the Florida mother acquitted of killing her daughter, according to the Anthony family attorney.
Lawyer Mark Lippman spoke to HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell Sunday saying, “Last night we got a call from Mr. Baez… he had wanted to use my clients as decoys for the media and I, of course, did not agree with that and neither did my clients. One, it was risky at best and two… something that would not be beneficial to anybody… but we did find out that wherever Casey is she’s safe. Cindy received a text from Jose. I was supposed to receive a phone call this morning to figure out if there was going to be any sort of communication between Casey and Cindy or Lee, but Mr. Baez has chosen again not to call me or include me in his plans… and wherever he is or wherever Casey is, certainly we’d like to hear from her and make sure she’s safe.”
Velez-Mitchell then asked Lippman how Cindy feels about “being left out of this equation?”
He responded, “Prior to this trial ever starting, Cindy wanted to have contact with Casey and Mr. Baez blocked it… After the trial Cindy tried to see Casey and again was rebuked. Now again, even a simple telephone call apparently seems to be too much for either Casey or Mr. Baez, so we’re asking publicly that Mr. Baez at least reach out to me and let me know what’s going on.”
Lippman added that he and his clients are in “the dark” about where Casey headed once she was released from jail shortly after midnight on Sunday.
“It’s our strong suspicion that she’s no longer in Orlando. Mr. Baez had said that their intent was to leave Orlando immediately… I have no idea,” he said.
Velez-Mitchell noted that local media is reporting that the SUV Casey left the Orange County Jail in actually headed to the office of Cheney Mason – one of her defense attorneys.
“Mr. Mason’s office is the Bank of America building… it’s maybe 10 minutes from the Orlando Executive Airport, so while it sounds really convoluted, it really isn’t,” said Lippman. “It would be pretty simple for her to drive from the jail, which is 10 minutes to Cheney’s office and from there switch cars and go to the airport and it probably wouldn’t have taken more than a half hour at most.”
Velez-Mitchell commented that “…an airport official has told the media that the plane that took off was filled with golfers headed to Ohio, but it seems like a very odd coincidence that… golfers at one in the morning would be headed to Ohio, which happens to be Casey Anthony’s home state and there was a woman with long hair seen running up the stairs into the plane that took off about 1 o’clock.”
She added, “This is like something out of a spy movie.”
Lipmann agreed, “Never has anybody seen anything like this.”
He continued, “I can tell you that as far as her staying with family, there’s been no indication that any family’s been involved with this, so if she is going to Ohio it’s not to stay with any family that we’re aware of.”
Casey was found not guilty on July 5, 2011 of murdering her toddler daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, in the summer of 2008. Prosecutors alleged she killed the girl using chloroform and duct tape, however, her defense attorneys argued their client murdered no one and that Caylee drowned accidentally in the family’s backyard pool.
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