June 29th, 2011
06:45 PM ET

Fireworks, tears in Casey Anthony trial

(CNN) - Casey Anthony's father cried on the witness stand Wednesday in his daughter's capital murder trial as he was questioned about his slain 2-year-old granddaughter, Caylee, and his suicide attempt that followed the discovery of her remains.

Later in the day, Casey Anthony also wiped away tears as a grief expert testified that the reactions to grief vary widely, and that sometimes young mothers who lose their children engage in "risky behavior." Proceedings wrapped up for the day shortly after that testimony.

On January 22, 2009, the date of his attempt at suicide by drinking and taking pills, "It just felt like the right time to go and be with Caylee," George Anthony told prosecutor Jeff Ashton, his voice breaking. "... I just decided it was time for me to get away from all this, to spend time with Caylee."

He recalled calling his family members from a Daytona Beach, Florida, hotel room, in an effort to say goodbye, and writing a suicide note for his wife, Cindy Anthony, to read after his death.

Earlier, George Anthony squared off again with his daughter's defense attorney, bristling at questions from Jose Baez.

Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading police, in Caylee's 2008 death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against her. She has pleaded not guilty.

Anthony's defense team is trying to discredit the prosecution theory that the Orlando woman rendered Caylee unconscious with chloroform, duct-taped her mouth and nose, and stored the body in her car trunk for a few days before dumping it in the woods.

The defense says Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Anthony and her father panicked and covered it up. George Anthony has denied those claims.

Caylee was last seen June 16, 2008, although she was not reported missing until 31 days later, on July 15. The little girl's skeletal remains were found in December of the same year near the Anthony home.

"My emotional state, even through today - it is very hard to accept that I don't have a granddaughter anymore," George Anthony told Ashton.

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  1. Edith

    Finding out who is the father of caylee could shed some light in this case or perhaps solve this case everyone is so tight lipped RE: the paternity of Caylee Anthony, Why? why?

    June 29, 2011 at 11:12 pm |
  2. Edith

    Casey became very emotional when her brother was on the stand, but hardly emotional when her father was on the stand, I really wonder if there is deep seated hatred there, athough she says he was a good father and grandfather maybe he was both, to her and little caylee and that would be hard to live with, I know that little girl had a father.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:03 pm |
  3. Leslie

    it looks like both the father and Casey Anthony are as guilty as they can be. will Casey take the stand? no because she is a coward. that poor baby died and neither one of them can take responsibility for her life or death. sad very very sad

    June 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm |