Casey Anthony’s Personal Bodyguard Revealed — The Man Who Hid 'Tot Mom' In Secret Hideout For $10K (EXCLUSIVE)
This is the man who helped Casey Anthony flee Florida for California -- and orchestrate her life on the run.
Private investigator Jeremiah "Jerry" Lyons provided bodyguard services to 26-year-old ‘Tot Mom’ and was on the payroll of former attorney Jose Baez, according to a document obtained by Celebuzz.
Lyons billed Baez for services touted as “the protection, safety and travel of Casey Anthony.”
“The hourly rate of pay was computed at $65 per hour,” the invoice, dated September 1, 2011 and sent to Baez’s office, said.“The full day rate was computed at an eight hour day although on most days the hours worked were well in excess of that.”
Indeed, Lyons charged Baez for travel with Anthony on July 16 -- the day she was released from the Orange County jail in Orlando, Florida. He continued to travel and protect her for the next eight days as she began a life moving from state to state, Celebuzz can reveal.
Lyons resumed travel with Anthony -- who was acquitted of murdering her toddler daughter, Caylee, 2 -- on July 29, 30, 31 and August 1 and 2.
In his missive to Baez, the bodyguard also noted that he was engaged on August 5 and August 22 for Anthony to “possibly sign up for probation” for a check-fraud conviction.
On the latter occasion, it was “not done and decision was to change locations,” he wrote.
Lyons also provided a cell phone for Anthony, in his name, for her use beginning in July, 2011. He billed Baez $75 per month, noting it gave the user “unlimited long distance and local phone calls” and “unlimited text.”
In all, Lyons’ bill totaled $9,335.82.
Anthony was found not guilty on July 5, last year, after a jury of seven women and five men rejected the prosecution’s contention that she had murdered Caylee, by dosing her with chloroform, suffocating her with duct tape and dumping her body in a wooded area.
Lyons -- who in 1994 retired after a 20-year career as a detective with the New York City Transit Police -- was a key figure in the trial, playing the role of lead defense investigator.
In an interview after she was found not guilty, he predicted a bleak future for the woman who has become a national obsession.
"Everywhere she goes -- five years from now, 10 years from now -- there's going to be somebody yelling 'baby killer' to her," he said.
He also criticized the sheriff who he said was too quick to charge Anthony through out its investigation.
"When I entered into this case, I thought there was a good chance she was guilty," he said.
"When I walk out of it, I know that she is innocent. And I believe her to be innocent, not just 'not guilty.'"
As Celebuzz revealed, Casey reportedly hid out in Santa Monica, Calif. when she was released from jail — where she arranged to have some of Caylee’s ashes sent to her inside an ash-holder necklace.