Bombshells in Casey Anthony Trial Continue
An otherwise quiet, slow day in the Casey Anthony murder trial was severely shaken up by bombshell testimony by Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, as well as questions about computer search analysis.
Casey Anthony has been charged with the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee in June of 2008. Anthony has pled not guilty to the charges, and could face the death penalty if found guilty.
Parents still stand behind Casey
Before today’s session began, Mark Lippman, attorney for Casey Anthony’s parents George and Cindy, was seen handing a note to prosecution attorney Jeff Asthon. During lunch recess, it was announced that Lippman would be holding a press conference after today’s court session.
Lippman, interviewed by phone on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, denied reports this morning that his clients stated their daughter was “not innocent,” maintaining that the family believes Casey is innocent, but “do not know what the facts are.”
Gatorade bottle syringe and “death band” study reviewed
Testimony started when Susan Mears, crime scene investigator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office introduced into evidence the testosterone-laced syringe found inside a Gatorade bottle at the discovery site. She was immediately excused, and hair and fiber expert Stephen Shaw took the stand.
Shaw covered an analysis done on 600 hairs collected from 15 people, in an attempt to replicate the “death band” or blackish banding found on the root of a hair from a dead person. Hairs were placed under a variety of conditions, including in potting soil, watery environments, left outside and in home environments, then studied to determine if the unique “death band” appeared over time.
The defense showed images from the study, many showing bands similar to post-mortem hair samples, appearing to undercut the prosecution’s evidence with regard to a lone hair found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s white Pontiac Sunfire, which had what appeared to be a post-mortem band. The prosecution team has used this hair to allege that daughter Caylee Anthony had spent some time in her mother’s car’s trunk following her death in June of 2008.
Under cross-examination by State prosecutor Jeff Ashton, Shaw stated that tiny hairs located on duct tape found with Caylee’s body were consistent with those examined from the “hair mass,” also found at the scene with her skeletal remains. When questioned about the dark bands found on hairs from living people examined in his study, Shaw stated that these were due to “apparent decomposition” on the hair strands, but a trained eye could tell that it was not the unique post-mortem banding found on the hair in Casey’s car trunk.Continued on the next page