The latest twist to the strange story of Casey Anthony has frustrated the founder of a non-profit in the Houston area that’s suing her for damages.
Anthony, the Florida mother infamously accused and acquitted of killing her daughter Caylee in a sensational trial, has filed for bankruptcy protection. Her petition claims she owes almost $800,000 to about 80 creditors, with about $500,000 of it owed to her lead defense attorney.
But the bankruptcy filing in federal court also basically freezes all lawsuits filed against her in state courts, including a suit filed by Texas Equusearch, a non-profit group that helps law enforcement authorities hunt for missing people.
“We did a massive search for little Caylee,” said Tim Miller, the Santa Fe man who founded the group. “And we had over 4200 volunteers come in from all over the country. Equusearch itself spent a little over $119,000 on that search.”
Anthony’s defense attorney claimed in court that Caylee drowned in the family swimming pool a month before she was reported missing and that her parents merely covered up her death.
Prosecutors claimed Anthony killed her daughter with chloroform, covered her nose and mouth with duct tape, then dumped her body in some woods near her home.
Under either scenario, Anthony would have known her daughter was dead while thousands of volunteers wasted their time searching for her. So Equusearch sued Anthony, hoping to recover the money it spent on the fruitless search.