Defense Begins Arguments In Casey Anthony Trial
One day after calling for an acquittal of Casey Anthony, her defense team got underway with their side of Casey’s first-degree murder trial, following the prosecution having ended their almost three weeks of calling witnesses and evidence. Defense arguments begin on the somber third anniversary of the day that Caylee Anthony is believed to have died.
Casey Anthony is accused of murdering her daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008. Defense attorney called for acquittal after stating that the prosecution had failed in its job to prove that Caylee Anthony died due to murder, failed to show that Casey had been present when Caylee died, or that Casey herself committed any crime other than bad judgment as a mother.
The motion for acquittal, as were three previous motions by the defense for mistrial, was denied by Judge Perry.
A shocking new witness is brought forth
The court is also dealing with a bombshell revelation yesterday by defense attorney Jose Baez that he would be adding a last-minute witness — Vasco Thompson, an Orlando felon who served prison time from 1998 - 2004 for a violent kidnapping. The defense team alleges that Thompson had four phone conversations with Casey’s father, George Anthony, a day before his wife Cindy Anthony formally reported young Caylee as missing for over a month.
Forensic evidence continues to crumble?
First returned to the stand by the defense was Gerardo Bloise, Orange County Sheriff’s Department Crime Scene Investigator, who discussed the techniques he used to inspect Casey Anthony’s bedroom, the Anthony family garage, and a white Pontiac Sunfire, where Casey is alleged to have stored daughter Caylee’s body for at least 3-5 days.
Bloise testified that he inspected clothing and other evidence collected for “suspicious stains” using a special light. Black paper was put over the windows of Casey’s bedroom to make it absolutely dark and to facilitate a more thorough search. No blood or other unusual stains were found. Items from the car were noted to have been previously washed by Casey’s mother Cindy Anthony, due to the foul odor surrounding the car.
There was a moment of levity early on this morning. When asked if he talked during his inspections, Bloise said no, he did not talk, because he was by himself. This caused a laugh in the courtroom, as well as from Casey.Continued on the next page