Casey Anthony update: June 22, 2011 full testimonies, trial videos
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On June 22, 2011, the defense had a short day in court but called six witnesses to the stand to testify: FBI Trace Evidence Examiner Maureen Bottrell, FBI Forensic Toxicologist Madeline Montgomery, University of Central Florida Professor with a Ph.D in Chemistry Dr. Michael Sigman, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Supervisor Susan Mears, FBI Forensic Chemist Examiner Michael Rickenbach and FBI Forensics Expert Karen Lowe. The testimony focused heavily on forensics and the defense addressed the court and stated the prosecution does not have enough evidence to prove their case.
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FBI Trace Evidence Examiner Maureen Bottrell testified about testing 22 pairs of shoes obtained from the Anthony family residence in 2009. As an expert in geology, Maureen Bottrell testified about testing soil from the shoes to see if it matched soil from the crime scene; there were no matches. Jeff Ashton cross examined the witness who admitted that just because the crime scene soil wasn’t on the shoes doesn’t mean that soil was never present.
Photos of Caylee Anthony’s remains, crime scene shown to jury (warning, graphic images)
Madeline Montgomery, an FBI Forensic Toxicologist testified about testing hair from Caylee Anthony’s skull for 11 drugs including Xanax and Klonopin. The hair tested negative for any drugs. Montgomery testified that she did not test Caylee’s hair for chloroform as there was no way to do so. The results from the tests were negative and did not help show how Caylee Anthony died.
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University of Central Florida Professor Dr. Michael Sigman testified about air samples collected from Casey Anthony’s car. Dr. Sigman formerly worked at the same facility where state’s witness Dr. Arpad Vass worked. Dr. Sigman testified that gasoline was present in the air sample as well as traces of chloroform and chemicals Dr. Sigman could not positively state that a human body was in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s Pontiac Sunfire.
Crime Scene Supervisor with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office identified photos retrieved from the crime scene: a Gatorade bottle and a red Walt Disney Store shopping bag.
Dr. Michael Rickenbach testified next regarding the Gatorade bottle, the car seat, steering wheel cover, Caylee Anthony’s doll, and the red Disney World bag. He stated he tested the items for chloroform but found none. Dr. Rickenbach also tested a syringe which was found at the crime scene. Both the Gatorade bottle and the syringe had compounds found in testosterone.
Karen Lowe, FBI Forensics Expert was the last person to testify. She tested hair in the trunk lining of Casey Anthony’s car but found no signs of human decomposition. She also tested the fibers from duct tape found at the crime scene with duct tape found in the Anthony home and said they were dissimilar and lead her to the conclusion they were from different sources. Karen Lowe tested hair from the crime scene and found two strands of importance. One hair strand showed signs of human decomposition and the other strand did not match anyone in the Anthony home. It is unclear who the mystery hair belonged to.
You may see the full day of testimonies from June 22, 2011 in the video player to the left.