Graphic Photos Cause Casey Anthony Trial To Abruptly End - Page 2
Jennifer Welch of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, Steve Hanson of the District 9 Medical Examiners Office and Gary Utz, Orange County chief deputy gave gruesome details about the condition of the remains, found on December 11, 2008. They discussed the child’s skull, which was covered with matted hair, the mandible still attached by the hair and duct tape.
Photos were shown to the jury of where the body lay, wrapped in a black garbage bag. A photo of the front of Caylee’s skull up close, sitting on an examining room table, caused gasps from the audience. Multiple layers of duct tape were seen on the mouth area, with hair stuck in it. Plant roots were noted to have been growing throughout the skull.
An autopsy of Caylee Anthony’s remains never produced a conclusive cause of death. The defense has been hinting at a theory that Caylee Anthony drowned at the Anthony home, while the prosecution is trying to prove that Casey Anthony used chloroform and duct tape to kill her daughter. Both theories appear thus far to end with someone, possibly Casey herself, disposing of the body in the woods.
Casey shut her eyes and cried frequently during the graphic photo displays, her head tilted up towards the ceiling. Parents George and Cindy Anthony left the courtroom just prior to the photos being shown.
After mid-afternoon break, Casey Anthony was said to be ill, and was led out of the courtroom by bailiffs. Jurors were released an hour and a half before the day’s testimony was supposed to end. Anthony did not keep with trial decorum and stand when the jury left the room; instead she kept her head down on her arms, at the defense table. Judge Perry stated neither the defense or prosecution had any comment on the matter, and requested that reporters not question either team about it.
Reports were that Casey Anthony was crying during the afternoon break, prior to returning to the court room. She was returned to the Orange County jail, where she was seen by medical staff.