Accused child killer Casey Anthony isn’t playing with a full deck, according to her lawyer.
Orlando attorney Jose Baez, whose off-beat defense of Anthony garnered plenty critics while getting Anthony found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, makes the claim in his new book.
In Presumed Guilty, Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, scheduled to be released July 3, Baez claims detectives should have realized Anthony lived in a “fantasy world” fabricated by an habitual liar with “serious mental health issues.”
Baez takes to task police who worked on the early disappearance of Caylee for allowing Anthony to lie: Cops “should have stopped and realized, ‘Wait a minute, we’re not dealing with someone who is playing with a full deck.’”
Caylee disappeared in 2008 and Anthony didn’t report her missing for a month.
At trial, Baez argued that the little girl accidentally drowned in a pool while Anthony and her father were at home. A panicked Anthony then hid the body.
His strategy, Baez wrote, didn’t endear him to the public at large.
“The public may have been convinced that I was an idiot but I let it all roll off my back.”
But it worked. With prosecutors claiming Anthony suffocated Caylee with duct tape so that she could go clubbing with a boyfriend, the jury found Anthony not guilty of murder.
In the book, Baez didn’t reveal where Anthony is hiding but tells in details how he and Anthony evaded the press at her release.
After escorting Anthony out of the Orange County Jail and into an SUV, Baez wrote, they rode to a parking garage where five cars were waiting. Baez and Anthony got into one car, which departed the garage at the same time as the other four. Each car drove in a different direction so reporters following Baez and Anthony wouldn’t know which one they were in or where they were heading.
Anthony’s first meal as a free woman, according to the book: A cheeseburger, fries and milkshake from Steak ‘n Shake.
Baez and Anthony then drove to a municipal airport where a private plane took them to the Florida Panhandle resort community St. George Island.
Anthony later went to New York until she had to return to Florida to serve her current probation sentence.