Local woman caught in murder trial melee

Jeanne Tutt of Apex

June 17, 2011 8:20:22 PM PDT
An Apex woman had flashbacks after seeing the Casey Anthony murder trial melee on television Friday.

Jeanne Tutt, 35, traveled to Orlando to attend the trial last week but never made it inside.

She arrived bright and early exactly a week ago, but after about four hours of waiting, she was rushed to the hospital for injuries she suffered during a stampede.

"It flashed me back to last Friday and it scared me," Tutt said.

While in Orlando, she made a special stop for the Casey Anthony trial, arriving at 1:30 a.m. to get a ticket to gain access. All was quiet until about 5:30 a.m. when the line started moving and four people cut ahead.

"I fell forward onto my hands and knees, and all hell broke loose," she said. "My left hand was, you know, bruised and scraped and bleeding. My left knee is still all of this is swelling from a bruise."

YouTube video shows the action before Tutt was carted into an ambulance and taken to a nearby hospital.

"I was just sitting there thinking this totally is wrong," she said. "Why are people fighting to get into a courtroom, it is ridiculous?"

To understand the motivation you should know she's a true crime follower. Last year she recorded her visit to Casey Anthony's home and the dump site where Caylee's body was found. Tutt blogged about the case religiously.

"It was such an interesting trial, and it was literally a worldwide case," she added.

After her experience and discovering trial tickets for two hundred dollars and a $1,000 parking pass for sale on Craigslist she says, "That's like blood money."

Now, a change of heart and a message for fanatics like the infamous ones we've seen on TV.

"They're saying it's the OJ Simpson Trial of this century, but you can watch it on TV," Tutt said. "Why try and fight people, um, never again will I ever do it. You could pay me to do it."

The court is now designating who gets tickets a day in advance, but Tutt doesn't believe that's work either because there's just too much interest in the case.

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