Casey Anthony's bounty hunter may have to pay in lawsuit

Meter reader Roy Kronk suing bounty hunter Leonard Padilla for defamation


ORLANDO, Fla. – The bounty hunter who helped Casey Anthony get out of jail is facing new legal troubles and could be forced to pay money to another witness from the murder case.

In 2008, Leonard Padilla became a fixture on local and national TV after he paid Anthony's half-million dollar bond following the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Padilla was later sued by Roy Kronk, the former Orange County meter reader who found Caylee's body.

Last month, the bounty hunter was supposed to fly from California to Orlando to attend mediation in that defamation case but he never showed up.

Padilla tells Local 6 he was too sick to make the trip and was advised by his doctor not to travel.

Padilla signed an affidavit in Feb. 2014 promising he would be at the July 18 mediation. In that affidavit, Padilla indicated he "will not ask for a further continuance" and agreed that if he did not show up for mediation a default judgement would be entered against him.

Now, Kronk is formally asking a judge to issue that financial judgment against Padilla.  The former meter reader's lawsuit seeks "in excess of $15,000," but he does not indicate a specific dollar amount.

Kronk claims Padilla made disparaging comments about him while appearing on TV shows like "Nancy Grace" and "Dr. Drew."  Padilla denies the accusations.

Anthony was acquitted of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2011.