How appropriate that Yuri Melich was the last witness heard from in this trial. He was there from day 31 and now he was there at the end of the trial. My deepest thanks to him, John Allen, Eric Edwards and every single LE and crime scene person who worked on this case.
It was karma that today ended with Yuri Melich. All four of Caylee's biggest heros in one place, one time, to end this long and torturous case.
I don't think we can thank him enough for all that he's done for Caylee. Yuri, may you go on to have a long and prosperous career standing up for victims of crime. There is a special place in Heaven for you. I really believe that. We need more people in this world like Yuri Melich, and I know I strive a little more each day to be like him.
I know Caylee is smiling down on him today. There could not have been a more fitting end to this case!
Thank you for always concentrating on Caylee during the circus atmosphere throughout this case. I cannot express the admiration I have for you and wish all LE in our country would follow your lead--THANK YOU Mr. Melich.
I am the exception here ... I don't like the guy. I watched/listened to a number of interviews he conducted and he allowed his personal feelings to creep in far too much (which indicated bias). There was one particular comment that stands out for me 'I'm not a fan of the girl' - that was the deal breaker. :twocents:
Regardless of his personal feelings towards Casey, he needed to focus on the evidence at hand. There is absolutely no need for an experienced detective to divulge to witnesses his dislike for the accused ... it's irrelevant.
There's a term we use in Aus - he's a <modsnip>.
His questioning centered around leading and prompting the answers HE wanted.
How totally apropos that Yuri was the last one to testify in this trial. He has been the voice of Caylee from just a few hours into the reporting of Caylee being missing.
He was on the stand time and time and time again. He walked to the end of that long hall with Casey and couldn't be lied to. And now we have reached the end of the long hall with him being the witness with the last words. The words that proved that Cindy lied about the phone call to George about the pool ladder, after changing her testimony that it was on June 16th.
It was almost as though LDB saved that place of honor, those last words of testimony at the end of the long hall, for Yuri. I'm glad she did.
He is all cop, he is no nonsense, he is a great witness very polite and likable.
God Bless Yuri for never giving up on the truth for Caylee.