Jose Baez, Casey Anthony’s defense attorney, has released a tell-all book on the trial.
The book, Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, focuses on the attorney’s experience defending his client, who was presumed guilty by the media and the public.
In the book, Baez claims that when he first examined the trunk of his client’s car, it “smelled like a dead body.”
Yet, Baez also tries to paint a sympathetic picture of Anthony, who was acquitted of the murder of her two-year-old daughter. Baez claims Anthony has serious mental issues and suffered abuse at the hands of her own father.
ABC reports that Baez also discusses the elaborate escape plan his team put together to hide Anthony once she was released from jail following her acquittal for the murder of her daughter, Caylee.
“As soon as we walked out that door, I heard screams, the way teenagers screamed for Justin Bieber at one of his concerts,” Baez wrote about the moment Anthony exited the jail. “I’m certain they were yelling ‘Baby killer’ and the like, but after going from total silence to the sound of insanity, neither one of us could make out a single word they were saying.”
The book also suggests that Anthony was sexually assaulted by her father and that Caylee was his daughter.
“It all began when Casey was eight years old and her father came into her room and began to touch her inappropriately and it escalated … She could be 14 years old….and go to school and play with the other kids as if nothing [had] happened,” Baez said.
George Anthony denied the allegations when he was called to the stand to testify.
The book also alleges that Casey Anthony was molested by her brother. Casey Anthony allegedly suggested her brother had learned the behavior from their father.
According to the book, Anthony told a psychiatrist she was worried about the possibility that either her father or her brother was the father of her daughter.
Prior to the murder trial, Baez confronted Geroge and told him that Casey claimed he sexually abused her. Baez said George “sat for perhaps 40 seconds with his head bowed. He didn’t say a word. We certainly noted that he didn’t deny it.”
Reviews of the book are mixed ranging from “I can’t put it down” to “Reads like a poorly written fiction.”
Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, is on sale now.