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Casey Anthony's father tells of suicide attempt after granddaughter's body was found


Anthony's dad tells of suicide try

Lead defense attorney Jose Baez said Casey Anthony's defense should rest its case today, leaving only a short rebuttal by the prosecution. Judge Belvin Perry tentatively said that closing arguments could come Saturday and that he would hand the case over to the jury that evening or on Sunday.

Anthony's father broke into tears Wednesday when telling jurors about his suicide attempt six weeks after his granddaughter's body was found, undercutting defense claims that the girl was not slain by her mother but accidentally drowned and he helped cover it up.

George Anthony wrote in a January 2009 suicide note that he had unanswered questions about what happened to his granddaughter and never alluded to knowing what caused her death.

Anthony, 25, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Caylee Anthony in summer 2008.


Powder in letter sent to senators' offices

Authorities are trying to determine whether there's a link between powdery substances sent to the Jacksonville offices of Florida's senators.

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office bomb squad was called to Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's office on Tuesday after two Rubio staff members discovered a powdery substance in a letter. The building was evacuated and two people were evaluated before the substance was deemed safe. Rubio was in Washington.

On Monday, Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson's office was evacuated after his staff found a powdery substance inside a threatening letter. Nelson was in Jacksonville for a fundraiser but had already left his office when the substance was discovered. The powder was cornstarch.


Dogs' DNA could find who's not scooping

A condominium association hopes dog DNA samples will help find which owners aren't picking up after their pooches.

The Village of Abacoa Condominium Association says cleaning up after dog owners costs $10,000 to $12,000 a year.

Starting Aug. 1, residents must each pay a $200 fee to keep the dogs' genetic information on file at the DNA Pet World Registry. Dog droppings found in common areas will be collected and mailed to the Tennessee-based company for comparison.

The association's property manager says any owner whose dog matches the poop sample will be fined up to $1,000 or a lien could be placed on their homes. A dog that's a persistent problem could be confiscated.

Associated Press

Casey Anthony's father tells of suicide attempt after granddaughter's body was found 06/29/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2011 10:18pm]
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