Casey Anthony: Will Forensic Evidence Lead to Conviction?
Casey Anthony’s defense team hopes that conflicting forensic evidence and interpretations by experts will raise questions in jurors’ minds.
Attorney Jose Baez told potential jurors in advance of the trial that they should take those conflicting interpretations to heart.
“It can be means to conclude reasonable doubt exists in this case,” he said.
From the Associated Press:
No witnesses saw what happened to 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, and only her killer knows exactly how she died. No one has confessed. So when her mother, Casey Anthony, goes to trial Tuesday on murder charges, the jury’s decision will likely come down to forensic evidence.
Prosecutors plan to have jurors smell the odor from her car, present evidence of chloroform in the 1998 Pontiac Sunfire and present photos that they say show her partying with friends after her daughter disappeared. They also likely will seek testimony from a botanist, a hair and fiber examiner from an FBI lab, and a cadaver dog handler.
Defense attorneys plan to call on their own team of experts. They hope to convince jurors it was impossible for Anthony to have left the body in the woods because she would have been in jail at the time their experts believe the body was left at the scene. They have a botanist who can testify about plant growth found around the remains. They also have an entomologist who they hope can refute prosecutors’ own bug expert, who claims that flies associated with decomposition were found in her car’s trunk.
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