Lee Anthony, Casey's Brother, Breaks Down on the Stand

Casey Anthony's Brother, Lee Anthony, Testifies
Casey Anthony
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updated 06/24/2011 at 12:35 PM EDT

originally published 06/24/2011 01:15PM

Immediately after Cindy Anthony testified on her daughter Casey Anthony's behalf, Casey's brother, Lee Anthony, took the stand with emotional testimony of Caylee's birth – and the dysfunctional, secret-keeping dynamic within the Anthony family.

Lee Anthony testified that he didn't know that Casey was pregnant until he happened to see her late one night as she emerged from their shared bathroom.

"I could see her midsection and it was showing," he testified. "I didn't expect it. I was like, 'What the hell is that?' and she waved me off."





At the memory, Casey Anthony, who is charged with murder, smiled.

Lee Anthony says he confronted Casey once more when the pregnancy was "brutally" obvious. The family didn't talk about it again until Caylee was born. Lee was not present at the birth.

"I was angry," he testified, his voice breaking. "I didn't want to be there."

"Why were you angry?" asked defense attorney Jose Baez.

"I was angry at my mom and at Casey," said Lee as he broke down in tears. "They didn't want to include me."

Lee also testified that he had previously owned the white Pontiac Sunfire that Casey was driving at the time that Caylee died – and his testimony cast doubt on the idea that the stains in the trunk were from a body decomposing.

"When you owned this car, was there a stain in the trunk?" asked Baez.

"There were a few, yes," answered Lee.

"And were they there when you purchased the car?"

"Yes," replied Lee. "They were."

The testimony was difficult for Lee Anthony, who sniffled as he rode the elevator during his lunch break. Cindy Anthony comforted him by putting her arm around him.



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