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NSA Leaker Seeking Asylum; Alleged Nanny Cam Attacker In Court; Aaron Hernandez Murder Case; Senator's Brother Missing In Rockies; Cosby Sweater Tournament; Real Estate Battle Caught On Tape; Joke Or Terror Threat?; Too Busty For The Catwalk

Aired July 2, 2013 - 07:30   ET


KATE BOLDUAN, CNN ANCHOR: Thanks, Chris. Coming up next on NEW DAY, the housing market may be in good shape, but you will not believe what some people are doing to close a sale, the dirty tricks a pair of neighbors are being accused of pulling that's coming up.

Also remember those sweaters Bill Cosby wore on "The Cosby Show" that music brings back memories. They're back with a new challenge, the which one do you like best?


CHRIS CUOMO, CNN ANCHOR: Back, everybody. This is NEW DAY. It's Tuesday, July 2nd. I'm Chris Cuomo.

BOLDUAN: I'm Kate Bolduan. We're joined by news anchor Michaela Pereira. Coming up in this half hour, a 19-year-old man facing eight years in prison after joking about a school shooting on Facebook, is that fair? Does it go far enough to be a crime? His father is joining us live with the fight to free his son, coming up.

CUOMO: Plus real estate is dirty, we know that, but this dirty, realtors accused of pulling tricks on neighbors just to sell their own home. You'll be shock when you hear what they allegedly did. But first the top news, let's get over to Michaela.

MICHAELA PEREIRA, CNN ANCHOR: All right, good morning. Good morning to you at home. Making news, NSA leaker, Edward Snowden, expanding his possible options for asylum getting vocal support from Venezuela's president, but withdrawing another option asylum in Russia. Meantime, Wikileaks says it has submitted asylum request to 21 countries in all. It released a statement from Snowden in which he blast the Obama administration for trying to block his efforts.

The man arrested in connection with a home invasion and brutal beating that was caught on a nanny cam will be arraigned today. That vicious attack left a New Jersey mother of two badly beaten. It all unfolded in front of her 3-year-old daughter. The 42-year-old Shawn Custis faces attempted murder, burglary and child endangerment charges. The mother was taken to the hospital and treated for a concussion and extensive bruising to her face and body.

One of the men arrested in connection to the murder case against former NFL player Aaron Hernandez has waved extradition. Ernest Wallace will be returned to Massachusetts. He is charged with being an accessory in the murder after the death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Prosecutors believed the 41-year-old Wallace was in the car with Hernandez the night that Lloyd was killed.

Colorado's Senator Mark Udall's brother Randy has gone missing in the Rocky Mountains. The avid hiker currently went backpacking alone on June 28th, was expected back six days later. Rescue crews and helicopters are now scouring Wyoming's Wind River Range for any sign of him. The 61-year-old is said to be familiar with the trail he was on.

Finally March Madness style bracket for folks who love comedian, Bill Cosby. If you were a fan like I was of "The Cosby Show" back in the '80s, you remember Dr. Huxtable was always wearing a crazy colorful sweaters. Well, now, you can vote for your favorite on his official web site. It's called the "Cosby Sweater Tournament" aptly named. In your brackets you have argyles, cashmeres and pullovers. I'm a big fan of the cardy.

CUOMO: Really?

BOLDUAN: There is not enough argyles in this world. Thanks so much, Michaela.

The housing market is coming back but you'd never know it from this next story. Next door neighbors in a wealthy Philadelphia have suburb both put their million-dollar homes on the market. That's fine. The competition to sell is getting so intense that the police are now involved. John Berman is here with more. Please, Mr. Berman, explain.

JOHN BERMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Yes, indeed the police are involved. Kate, you know, the high price world of priced real estate is a dog eat dog world. But outside Philadelphia, it also allegedly includes mice and snakes, dead ones. In one Pennsylvania community, there are accusations swirling that make your average real state battles seemed like patty cake.


BERMAN (voice-over): The main line is home to some of the sweetest, swankiest houses outside of Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love and nothing says I love you like dead mice and snakes wreaking havoc on someone's property. Take a look at this surveillance video capturing someone stomping on this house's "for sale" sign and this video of two people creeping onto the same property where a dead snake still stuck to a glue trap was later found.

Eric Welsh is the caretaker for this home that was put on the market in April. Since it was listed Welsh says he has discovered bizarre things while on the job like dead mice on the driveway, twice.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Once I could say that's a mouse dying, a cat, but two times, something shady is going on.

BERMAN: So Welsh says he set up this video surveillance camera for the elderly woman who owns the house. It captured those images of people on the property and someone trampling on the "for sale" sign.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: She is just trying to sell the home. She wasn't doing anything wrong and it just isn't right.

BERMAN: Welsh says he handled the video over to police who then issued citations to their neighbors, Jonathan and Andrei Straub. She is a main line realtor selling high end homes including their own, a three bedroom split with a pool directly next door. CNN obtained these citations from the Montgomery County District Court that fined the Straub's $775 each for harassment and disorderly conduct accusing them of harassing, annoying and alarming the victim by repeatedly committing acts which serve no legitimate purpose.

Andrei Straub's lawyer sent CNN this statement, "My client and her husband vehemently maintain that they committed no criminal wrongdoing and are prepared to defend themselves fully in court against these preposterous accusations."


BERMAN: Andrei Straub's lawyer also said the couple did not plant the dead snake or the dead mice or any other dead animals in the neighbor's property. You know, this is an argument for renting.

BOLDUAN: Come on people, keep it clean. The market's probably so good they're both going to sell and probably get the asking price that they want.

BERMAN: When we're out of the bear market, you get the mice and snake. It's like the animal kingdom meets real estate.

BOLDUAN: Berman, no one can say that better than you. Thank you so much.

Coming up next on NEW DAY, is he a Facebook jokester or a threat to society, a very real question, a 19-year-old Texas man is behind bars over a posting he says was absolutely just a joke. His father is joining us live to fight for his freedom.

CUOMO: Also take a look at this, a rocket launch in Russia ends completely wrong. Ends in spectacular explosion but the right kind, what happened here? Straight ahead, we'll take you through.


CUOMO: Welcome to NEW DAY, everybody. A 19-year-old Texas man is behind bars this morning for a comment he posted on Facebook. Justin Carter wrote that he was, quote, "going to shoot up a school full of kids," but insists he was just kidding. Now police have charged him with making a terroristic threat. We are going to talk to Carter's father in just a moment live, but first, CNN's Alina Machado has the back story.


JENNIFER CARTER, MOTHER: So the idea that my son would ever hurt small children is just ludicrous.

ALINA MACHADO, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Jennifer Carter says her teenage son, Justin, has spent nearly five months behind bars for a sarcastic comment he made on Facebook.

CARTER: Someone said to Justin, you're crazy. You're messed up in the head and his response was, yes, I'm so messed up in the head. I'm going to shoot up a school and then he posted LOL.

MACHADO: According to court documents, this is what Carter posted online. It says in part, "I think I'm going to shoot up a kindergarten and watch the blood of innocent rain down and eat the beating heart of one of them." Police in Austin, Texas launched an investigation after receiving an anonymous tip. Carter's mother says her son was arrested at work that same day.

CARTER: We honestly assumed that once the police spoke to him they would understand that this was just a joking comment that he had made and that it wasn't serious.

MACHADO: But Justin Carter was charged with making a terroristic threat, a felony, his case has yet to come to trial. Court documents show he lived less than half a mile from an elementary school in New Braunfels, Texas. His mother says her son is on suicide watch and solitary confinement after having been assaulted in jail.

CARTER: He's very hopeless, very depressed and very scared. It's very hard to hear your child hopeless.

MACHADO: Alina Machado, CNN, Atlanta.

BOLDUAN: Alina, thank you so much. I want to bring in Justin Carter's father, Jack Carter, he is joining us from Austin this morning. Jack, thank you so much for coming in. This is clearly difficult for you and your family especially your son. First off, how is your son doing? We're told he is on suicide watch. What is the latest on this case?

JACK CARTER, JUSTIN CARTER'S DAD: His grandmother talked to him last night when he called and he is very depressed. He's very scared and he's very concerned he's not going to get out. He's pretty much lost all hope.

BOLDUAN: What is the latest status of his case? He's been behind bars for five months.

CARTER: That's correct he was incarcerated on the 14th of February and as of yesterday, we were able to secure a law firm to take his case pro bono so hopefully we're going to work towards getting him out as soon as possible.

BOLDUAN: Jack, this is every parent's absolute worst nightmare. What was your reaction when you found out your son had been arrested for making terroristic threats on Facebook.

CARTER: At first I thought it was a joke. I couldn't believe the person who called me. I kept telling the person who called me they have to be kidding. When I realized he wasn't, I literally broke down crying and walked off the job I was on and had to have a friend come pick me up downtown because I couldn't drive.

BOLDUAN: Now, Jack, this is tough because everyone knows that kids say dumb things and kids say a lot of things on the internet especially on their Facebook pages. But after every school shooting, you know, people also say someone must have known something and I wish someone would have said something. Do you see that?

CARTER: Absolutely. I definitely see the need to investigate such claims, but at some point during the investigation, there has to be some common sense.

BOLDUAN: So what do you want people to know about your son, more importantly what do you want to judge to know about your son?

CARTER: He is a good kid. He didn't mean it. It was a joke, and he would never hurt anybody. He has younger siblings and he's good with children. He would never hurt anybody.

BOLDUAN: Yes, we'll be following this very closely. Good luck to you and your family and good luck to your son. We're definitely going to follow up on this case. Jack Carter, thank you so much. Thank you for coming in.

CARTER: Thank you, thank you.


CUOMO: Got to feel for the parents in that situation.

Coming up on NEW DAY, she's one of the busiest supermodels in the world. Why did a big designer fire her? Surprising reason up next.

Wait until you hear the story of this duck, his foot rebuilt with new technology, that story next hour of NEW DAY.


CUOMO: This is my jam.

BOLDUAN: This is what Chris works out to. Welcome back to NEW DAY. It's time for the pop four with our Nischelle Turner. Take it away.

NISCHELLE TURNER, CNN ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT: The visual, the visual. Exactly. We got a lot going on this morning. First of all, the velvet teddy bear slimming down. It's our number four story this morning. Ruben Studdard is going on the "Biggest Loser." He says while he's never had an issue in terms of body image with his weight, he does have a family history of heart problems and diabetes. I want to get on my soap box real quick.

BOLDUAN: Jump on.

TURNER: Everybody listen to this, especially folks of color, Jackie Turner, I'm talking to you, because I know she's watching. This is so important to recognize, because there's such a battle going on with heart disease, especially in the African-American and Latino community. Pay attention Ruben Studdard.

BOLDUAN: Good example.

TURNER: Number three, Alicia Silverstone has set up a breast milk sharing exchange through her blog. She's calling it the kind mama milk share. She wants to help vegan moms who cannot produce milk. On its surface, when I first heard this, I said? But I'm not a mother. I think there can be a learning tool here. If you can't, then share. It's the global community.

BOLDUAN: A lot of moms would be happy to help.

TURNER: Number two here, fired because she's too busty. That sounds odd. That's our number two story this morning.

BOLDUAN: That's busty?

TURNER: Exactly. She's a 32-a.

PEREIRA: She's an A!

TURNER: Jordan Dunn. She says she was canceled from the Dior runway show because her chest was too big. She is one of the busiest models in the fashion world, but there's also a bigger issue. She says usually she's fired because of the color of her skin and that opens another can of worms. This time she says because she's too busty, which I don't get, the 32-a, but she's told we don't need any more black girls. That's a whole other issue.

CUOMO: What's the other side say?

TURNER: To be very fair, the Dior folks say they hired two African- American models for their fashion show in Paris this week, three Latino models, and seven Asian models so they have a very diverse runway show.

Let's get to one very, very, very quick. It is Mark Burnett doing it again. "The Bible" series part two or actor (ph) is being picked up by NBC. He's calling it "The Days After." Basically, he's doing it again. NBC's going to pick it up. They are very happy with it, and we've got to go.

CUOMO: We'll take a quick break, be back on NEW DAY.


BOLDUAN: That music means it's time for the rock block, everyone, a quick round up of the stories you'll be talking about today. First up, Michaela.

PEREIRA: Let's take a look, in the "Daily News," in New York. New York mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn is proposing new rules for chain restaurants. She wants to make sure kids' meals conform with new nutritional guidelines.

From the web site,, July is going to be a great month for gazing at stars. You'll be able to see four planets, two constellations and a meteor shower.

And in "USA Today," Miley Cyrus, a fan favorite. She was picked for best style and video in Billboard's mid-year music awards poll. Pink had the number song and Taylor Swift the top album.

BOLDUAN: She has changed her look.

CUOMO: Time now for Poppy Harlow and the money.

POPPY HARLOW, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Good morning, everyone. Stock futures pointing higher this morning following across the board gains on Wall Street Monday. The Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P 500 all closing solidly higher. And get this story, he started an internet gaming sensation, but he's stepping back, Mark Pinkus giving up the top slot as CEO of Zynga. He was responsible for the Facebook gaming craze Farmville.

And Manhattan home prices up sharply on short supply. The median cost of an apartment in New York City up nearly 5.5 percent. It will cost you $865,000. And if you want a private home in Manhattan, that's going to cost you about $5.5 million, up more than 50 percent from just a year ago. Who can buy?

BOLDUAN: Great, great, great news for someone who's still trying to find a place to live. Fabulous, thank you.

Let's go to Indra Petersons in the weather center with what you need to know before you head out the door.

INDRA PETERSONS, AMS METEOROLOGIST: We are still stuck in this pattern, high pressure in the west, low pressure in the east. Yes, it is still sizzling hot out. Temperatures above normal, 20 degrees above normal, again, Spokane, Washington, looking for 90 degrees, that's plain too hot. Over to the east coast, one to three inches in the northeast and two to four inches in the southeast. Wet and gross, really.

BOLDUAN: Wet and gross, those are official terms. Indra, thank you so much.

We're at the top of the hour, which you know, means it's time for the top news.