Bug Expert: Casey Anthony Prosecutors Got It Wrong - Page 4
Problems, too, with the “bone site”
Huntington said that insect evidence found in the woody area where Caylee Anthony’s body was found was also typical for that area at that time of year. Missing from the crime scene, according to Huntington, were cadaver-loving flies such as blow flies, as well as their expended larvae casings, which ought to have been created in abundance during the first few days of decomposition. Blow fly casings were found in the canvas bag Caylee’s body was found in, but not around the area the bag was placed. This is evidence, in Huntington’s opinion, of “post mortem movement,” or that Caylee’s body had been moved to that location following initial decomposition elsewhere.
Huntington stated that when a body decomposes in an outdoor setting, the fluids will leak into soil, changing the environment and soil structure. A stain would have been on the ground from decomposition fluids, and had not been noted by investigators.
Again, another victory for the defense team; however it was noted by observers that during testimony related to Caylee’s body being eaten by maggots, Casey Anthony remained expressionless.
After a short discussion of differing stages of human decomposition, Huntington gave his opinion that Caylee Anthony’s remains could’ve been placed in the heavily wooded area some time around June 18 or 19, 2008, 2-3 days after her presumed death.
Prosecution attorney Ashton under cross-examination tried using a number of angles to diminish Huntington’s credentials; however, Huntington explained that his knowledge in dealing with cadavers and human decomposition went as far back as high school, when he worked at a mortuary. Ashton scored one small victory in getting Huntington to admit that he might have left off some of his earlier opinions in his reports to the court, but it will likely do little to assuage the damage done to the prosecution’s case by the young etymologist.
Court was dismissed for the day, and will resume at 8:30 a.m. EST Saturday morning.