More and more cases of strangers being persecuted for indirect relations to Casey Anthony are being reported, with an Oklahoma woman recently attacked for looking like the 25-year-old.
Sammay Blackwell, who works at a convenient store, was rear-ended by a woman who accused her of looking like Anthony, according to KOTV.
Blackwell told reporters that Shireen Nalley came into her convenient store last Friday and told her, “You look like Casey Anthony.”
“She said that I was trying to hurt babies, I was killing babies, and she was going to stop it before it happened again.”
When Blackwell left work around 10:30 p.m. that night, she got into her car and saw Nalley again.
“I began to back out and looked, and I could tell she was staring directly at me; I could almost see the whites of her eyes. I proceeded to pull out of the parking lot, and she was right behind me.”
After driving a few miles, Nalley rammed her van into the back of Blackwell’s truck, and struck her again, causing Blackwell’s vehicle to flip two and a half times before landing on the driver’s side.
“I just laid there playing dead,” she recalled.
Blackwell’s mother Debbie Smith told KOTV that she would never forget her daughter’s reaction. “I got to her, she was crying, she was shaking, she says, ‘Mama, this lady thinks I’m Casey Anthony, she tried to kill me.’”
“[Nalley] could have taken me away from my family, my daughter,” Blackwell said, who also has a daughter coincidentally by the name of Caylee as well.
Police arrested Nalley on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. KOTV reported that the woman told police she was “trying to save the children.”
Blackwell, as well as many others, worries about the aftermath of Anthony’s release from jail.
“I don’t look that much like her, so what about people who actually do look like her and live closer to Florida instead of Oklahoma? What’s going to happen to those people?”
Anthony will be released from prison on Sunday, with the general public protesting her acquittal and early release. She was found not guilty on counts of murder, manslaughter, and child abuse.
However, she was charged with four counts of lying to law enforcement and sentenced to four years in jail, along with a $4000 fine. Anthony’s release date was sooner than expected due to time already served and gain time based on her good behavior.
Her defense lawyer, Jose Baez, filed a notice of appeal for her four convictions at the Orange County Courthouse on Friday.