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    Corporal Yuri Melich's testimony

    YM: my name is Yuri Melich

    LDB: how are you employed?

    OCSO

    LDB: how long?

    just under ten years

    LDB: ?

    internal affairs

    LDB: in 2008?

    corporal in missing persons

    LDB: can you give responsibities?

    we investigated cases of missing persons and investigated allegations of child abuse.

    LDB: how long?

    transfered in 2008

    LDB: prior to promotion?

    two years homicide division, investigation property crimes

    LDB: break ins at houses?

    yes

    LDB: prior to your assignment as a dect were you patrol?

    yes

    LDB: on july 16th 2008 did you receive a call from Hosey re: the events at Hopespring?

    yes

    LDB: did you respond?

    I did

    LDB: time?

    just before four in the morning three fifty one I believe

    LDB: when arrived did meet with ICA?

    yes

    LDB: did you know she had given a written statement?

    yes

    LDB: If I may approach the witness your honor?
    John 14:6

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    YM w/LDB...

    OCSO 10 years....work in professional standards section.....detective Corp. in unit ....Supv of that unit other duties and investigated child abuse cases....promoted there in 2008 April....just over 2 years work w/homicide division...prior to that investigating property crimes in East side of OC....prior to Detective worked in patrol...events occur 4937 hopespring....on 7/15 arrived 3:51 am.....met w/kc....aware kc gave written statement to patrol officers..

    review records....provided with statement upon arrival and show to kc........ask if it was her statement and wrote it herself adopt statement as her own......(DT Objects=YM doesn't know circumstances surrounding when statement was taken.....LDB - YM confirmed it was her statement.....HHBP any further objection? based upon that objection it will be overruled)





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    LDB: do you recognize it?

    I do

    LDB: were you provided with that on arrival?

    yes

    LDB: from the patrol deputies?

    yes

    LDB: show it to casey?

    I believe I did, yes

    LDB: ask if her statement?

    yes

    LDB: wrote it herself?

    yes

    LDB: seek to put "ki" into evidence

    JB: objection due to ettiquite...this officer was not present...

    HHJP: florida?

    LDB: these statements were adopted in their entirety and ask the defendant if they were her statements.

    HHJP: overruled and received in evidence.

    LDB: sorry that is number 60. Permission to publish 60 to the jury your honor.
    John 14:6

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    JB: objection

    HHJP: its in now, its in.

    LDB: technical difficulty with trying to display it on the monitor. I apologize.
    John 14:6

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    LDB: you see the doc in front of you?

    I do

    LDB: (long pause) Can you read to the jury Miss Anthony's statement?

    On monday june 9th 2008 between 9 and 1 I KC took Caylee Marie to her Nanny's apt. Caylee is about three feet tall, white female, shoulder length hair. On the day of her disappearance...On monday june 9 2008 I took Caylee to the sawgrass apartments. Her nanny ZFG has watched her for the last two and a half years...she has dark brown curly hair and dark brown hair...Jeffery Micheal Hoppkins...met Z in 2004 around Christmas...after dropping Caylee off I went to work at Universal...I let work and went to apt to pick up daughter but I realized no one was home. I had briefly met...I waited outside the apt. I had called Z earlier that day...phone no longer in service...about seven I headed to familiar places...one of Caylee's favorite places was JBP...I paced at one of the places I felt at home TL apartment. Since Caylee's disappearance I have stayed at TL. I have lied stolen from my friends and family to do what it took...out of fear...I am still afraid of what my have happened to caylee...a quick call from zenaida but cannot get info from her...everyday I have gone to malls, parks, any info about Caylee or Zenaida, whether going to a popular bar...Jeff lives in Jacksonvill...around 12 pm I received a phone call from Caylee...the first time I heard her voice in four weeks...all that matters is getting my daughter back...never able to check on the well being of my daughter...zenaida never said if she will bring Caylee home.
    John 14:6

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    LDB: where did you review that statement with miss anthony?

    ?

    LDB: did she agree to speak with you?

    yes

    LDB: spare bedroom and speak with her?

    yes

    LDB: did you place her on tape?

    yes

    LDB: have you listened to that tape?

    yes

    LDB: does it fairly reflect the convo with kc?

    yes

    (oh, we get to hear the tape, I think. woo hoo. )
    John 14:6

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    HHJP: objection overruled and received into evidence.

    LDB: have you reviewed the transcript from the tape?

    yes

    LDB: have you determined the transcript is a accurate account?

    yes

    LDB: seek to enter it into evidence

    HHJP: you may publish

    (tape is playing)
    John 14:6

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    YM reads kc's statement into docket....

    YM met w/kc in spare bedroom re: her statement...place her on tape in the spare bedroom audio tape....listened to it....fairly and accurately reflect conversation....(DT object-noted previous motions overruled) transcript generated from the tape is accurate version....

    play tape from 04:11 hours am 7/16/08....kc bd 03/19/86....calls regarding missing child....sworn statement accurate and your signature true and accurate....explain what happens if false report go ahead rescind statement and tell a different story....truth story to stick with...Caylee born 8/9/05.....



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    Casey states birthday. YM tells her he was called because of a missing child. He wants to make sure her sworn statement is hers. She says yes. He wants to explain what happens if she makes a false statement, that if she wants to change the statement. She says it is the truth. He says Okay.

    Your daughters name is Caylee?

    yes

    On june 9th you took Caylee to the baby sitter?

    ZFG, Casey spells, sawgrass apartments, she does not remember address but remembers 210. She gives directions as to where it is, shed near building...

    she new Zenaida four years, meet through JMHopkins met through Universal...she was his nanny at the time.

    Does Jeff work for Universal?

    No moved down to Jacksonvill...last spoke to him a month ago, does not have number for him off hand. She had two phones one through universal, one won't keep charge.

    Lose a phone? personal?

    She uses it for personal and business. Same number she just lost the phone. The SIM card is in the other phone...one other number for Zenaida and Jeff but they are not saved on the SIM card. She filed an incident report...she left the phone on her desk she wants to have a working phone instead of having a phone that does not stay charged.

    She knows she left it on her desk and had not been to desk in three or four days. Met Zenaida through Jeffery...for almost four years...met her when Casey was pg...within the last year she began watching Caylee...looking for new nanny...Jeff offered she agreed and it went from there...Lauren Gibbs...

    when she stop watching child?

    April of 2006. Zenaida started watching. I would drop her off, for a few months we went to Jeffs house that was a couple of years off, to drop off Caylee where Zenaida would go to watch the kids...then started to bring the kids to Zenaida's apt.

    When did you start taking Caylee? 2006 2007 your started taking her to Sawgrass...

    Robinson....close to downtown lived there for a few months and moved to sawgrass...bumby can't remember apartment number...

    six seven months the middle 2007...Zenaida was at that apt for the last three months before that she lived with her mom...not a well marked neighborhood...

    had you dropped the child off there before? yes...

    so sawgrass..mom's house..

    yes, her mom was not living there at the time she had gotten a place with her sister...

    she was living with these two girls at sawgrass?

    yes

    you dropped off Caylee to go to work?

    I got off of work, left universal like a normal day, knock on door nobody answers...her cell is out of service...so I sit down on the steps to see if it was a fluke if something happened time passed and I went to JBP, went to a couple of stores...and after about seven when I hadn't heard anything I was upset and frantic and went to a neutral place...didn't want to come home didn't know what I would say...I ended up going to sutton place...

    talk to Tony about Caylee?

    no

    Talk to anyone about Caylee?

    A couple mutual friends, Jeff Hopkins...tried to attempt to contact Zenaida's mother.

    You know her mother's name?

    (long pause) it is gloria

    any of these numbers in the SIM card?

    no

    so after a full year you do not have...

    Zenaida has switched phones a number of times, Jeff's number has changed because he moved...

    How can we get jeffs number?

    the internet I can get it off of maybe

    Juliette Lewis is an event co ordinator?

    Have a number for Juliette?

    I..can't...her number just changed just in the last two months just moved to NY. she left universal about two months ago.

    who else did you talk to?

    within that small group, I tried to get info by going to fusian ultra lounge asking if anyone heard about my nanny. the only two people I told were jeff and juliette...definitely online on our old worksheets...she has a new number that I just programed...talked to her three weeks ago shortly after she left.

    what is the reason you didn't call the police before? we are here because your parents, why didn't you call?

    I was naive to think I could handle this myself...fear of the unknown of the potential of Caylee getting hurt of not seeing my daughter again.

    Is there anything about this story that is untrue?

    no

    did you hurt Caylee?

    no sir

    ZFG took your daughter?

    she is the last person I seen with my daughter yes.
    John 14:6

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    Taking some money from some people, any problems with drugs?

    nothing

    Thoughts of suicide?

    no

    Underlying cause to why Zenaida would take your child?

    Only how much she loves Caylee and what a great child she is.

    Zenaida has family in NY?

    she is originally from NY, she pretty grew up there, she is black and puerto rican...birthday is in september...
    John 14:6


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    Willing to drive with me?

    yes

    Anything you want to tell me that is important?

    Caylee has distinctive features, birthmark on shoulder.

    What kind?

    Like a small line like a small be be mark.

    Anything else?

    I just want my daughter back.

    Raise your hand, is the truth?

    yes
    John 14:6

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    LDB: did you go to look at those places?

    yes

    LDB: where did you go?

    301 n polside, near bumby and robinson off of glenwood

    LDB: did you get out of car?

    no we drove by and I asked her to point out the windows of Zenaida's family, she indicated the two windows belong to the apt.

    LDB: are there people Casey knew that lived off glenwood?

    RM

    LDB: during the drive that morning did she mention friends lived across the street?

    no

    LDB: did she say she spent time there since her daughter went missing?

    no

    LDB: where go?

    sawgrass, I asked her to direct me to the apt where she dropped caylee off

    LDB: ?

    210

    LDB: get out of car?

    no

    LDB: any other statement other than to direct you?

    I don't recall no

    LDB: last location?

    no, almost katty corner apartments on Conway and Michigan...but its a several single story town homes...each individually owned.

    LDB: what doing there?

    she claims this was a location where Zenaida lived and she had dropped the child off at we drove through the complex more than once but in the general area.

    LDB: anywhere else?

    no the only location where we got out of the car

    LDB: what occurred?

    we had a marked following us...

    overruled

    if we got out of the car and knocked on the door, I asked Casey to sit in car, I would knock on doors and if anyone looked familiar and we would go from there.

    LDB: did miss anthony tell you any of those people looked familiar?

    no

    LDB: directed anywhere else by miss anthony?

    no

    LDB: what time is it after this is completed? It was light?

    just after six in the morning

    LDB: where did you go?

    drove her home

    LDB: did you have her cell

    I don't recall if she had it I did not have it.

    LDB: when you dropped her at home you let her go in house?

    yes

    LDB: did you indicate you would continue to investigate?

    general sense, yes

    LDB: did you leave at that point and begin an investigation of the information she had provided to you?

    yes

    HHJP: cross
    John 14:6

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    JB: you ever go by any other names other than Yuri Melich

    sustained

    JB: may we approach?

    HHJP: no

    JB: I'd like to show the relevance

    HHJP: okay you can approach.
    John 14:6

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    YM w/LDB

    kc took YM to address near Bumby....301 N hillside Glenwood and Robinson...Bumby runs parallel....kc knew individuals RM & AH used to live directly across street from this address...she didn't mention these friends lived across street nor that she had been visiting there.....we went to Sawgrass Apts... 1st apt building in complex on the right #210...neither Kc nor YM got out there....went to almost caddy-corner from Sawgrass are Conway Apts @ Conway & Michigan.....several town homes attached in one building....claimed this was where ZTN used to live....direct thru entire complex at least once ...kc wasn't sure exact apt but pointed to a general area....only location went to from the car....starting to get light....marked patrol car following in case ym were to get out of car and knock on doors (object-ovrruled)....kc to tell if anyone in the apts looked familiar....she didn't.....Crossing @ Conway at just after 6 am getting light outside....drove kc home.....ym didn't have kc's cell doesn't recall if kc had her cell....drop her @ home she went on into the house....continue to investigate.....can't remember what I specifically told her but general sense yes......left Kc and began to pursue info given.....


    Cross by JB
    (Jb asking Thwart Atty for something....red bull maybe?)

    Jb w/YM

    go by other names besides YM? (object- sustained) by the name Dick Tracy Orlando? (object- sustained) JB Judge if I may.....ok approach!



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    JB: I would like to approach the bench

    HHJP: no

    JB: I would like to explain the relevance

    HHJP: okay

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    (hope this one posts, I lost the first)
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