With Crime Scene Photos, Casey Anthony Goes From Tearful To Furious
Part of Technorati's ongoing special coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial.
Testimony continued on the 15th day of the Casey Anthony first degree murder trial, as she continues to defend herself against accusations that she murdered her daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008.
The prosecution began by calling forensic specialist Dr. Gary Utz back to the stand, and additional photos of Caylee Anthony’s remains were shown and described to the jury. Striped shorts and a ragged size 3T pink shirt with the words “Big Trouble Comes in Small Packages” were on display.
Just as yesterday, Casey Anthony hung her head down, crying, hand over her mouth, looking ill. Many in the courtroom speculated as to whether or not the trial would be interrupted again, as it was yesterday.
Parents George and Cindy Anthony were, again, nowhere to be seen in the courtroom.
Forensic Anthropologist and professor Dr. John Schultz, a specialist in finding human remains, was next on the stand. In a rapid New York accent, Schultz discussed the state in which Caylee Anthony’s remains were found, detailing that plant roots had been growing through the garbage bag Caylee was bound in, as well as throughout her tiny skeleton.
According to Schultz, the crime scene was very difficult to analyze, because some of Caylee’s bones were spread out in an area roughly 15 yards from the garbage bag. Parts of Caylee’s thigh bones had been gnawed on by animals in the forest. At this statement, Casey Anthony began to cry even more, and courtroom observers were heard gasping.
A photo of Caylee’s tiny vertebrae was shown, and Schultz stated to the jury that because they were together and roughly in line, soft tissue may still have been holding them together when the body was dumped. In other words, according to Schultz, the evidence shows that the body was likely dumped in the forest early on after Caylee’s death, before major decomposition had begun.
Condition of the bones showed the body may have lied in the wooded area for as much as six months before discovery. Caylee Anthony is reported to have died in mid-June of 2008, and her body was located in a heavily wooded area, 30 feet from a road near the Anthony home.
Casey began to lose composure completely at this description, balling up tissue and holding it to her face, as a defense assistant tried to tear off pieces of the tissue to make it more manageable.Continued on the next page