Casey Anthony update: June 23, 2011 full testimonies, trial videos
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On June 23, 2011, the trial against Casey Anthony resumed in Orlando, Florida. Casey Anthony arrived in court at approximately 8:30 am and court began at 9:00 am. There were seven witnesses who testified throughout the day: Orange County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Supervisor Susan Mears, FBI hair and fiber expert Stephen Shaw, Chemistry Director at NMS Labs in Pennsylvania, Dr. Barry Logan, Orange County Sheriff’s Office Crime Scene Investigator and photographer Jennifer Welch , Cindy Anthony, Orange County Sheriff’s computer examiner Sandra Osborne and Sgt. Kevin Stenger.
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Cindy Anthony delivered stunning testimony where she claimed ownership for computer searches for chloroform. Casey Anthony is currently on trial for the first degree murder of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee. The prosecution alleges that Casey drugged Caylee with chloroform then suffocated her by placing duct tape over her mouth and nose. The defense argues that Caylee Anthony drowned in the family swimming pool on June 16, 2008.
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Orange County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Supervisor Susan Mears testified about two pieces of evidence obtained from the crime scene where Caylee Anthony’s remains were found. Discussed were a Gatorade bottle found at the crime scene and a syringe. Jose Baez submitted the bottle and syringe into the case as evidence. Following Susan Mears was FBI hair and fiber expert Stephen Shaw.
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Stephen Shaw testified about human decomposition and the process of root banding. The prosecution states that one strand of hair retrieved from the trunk of Casey Anthony’s white Pontiac Sunfire showed a postmortem root band consistent with decomposition. The defense argued that the science behind detecting root bands on hair is too new to be trusted. After Stephen Shaw left the stand the defense called Dr. Barry Logan.
Dr. Barry Logan is a Chemistry Director at NMS Labs and the defense called him to refute tests conducted by Dr. Arpad Vass for the prosecution. Dr. Vass testified that air samples contained chloroform, the chemical the prosecution believes Casey drugged Caylee with; Dr. Logan said that Dr. Vass’ tests were unorganized. He also stated that the chloroform present in the tests could have resulted as a byproduct of chloroform.
Jennifer Welch, the crime scene investigator who photographed the crime scene where Caylee Anthony’s remains were located, testified that she did not find any shoes or socks at the crime scene. She was dismissed immediately following the testimony.
Following Jennifer Welch was Cindy Anthony. Cindy Anthony testified that stains present in the car used by Casey Anthony were in the car when she first bought it. She also testified that in March 2008, she conducted a number of searches on her family computer including words such as “chlorophyll,” “chloroform,” “chest injuries,” and “head injuries.” She denied searching for words such as “how to make chloroform,” which the prosecution has used to point to premeditation in the case. The testimony did not go over well with the prosecution who cross examined Cindy Anthony.
After Cindy Anthony left the stand, Orange County Sheriff’s computer examiner Sandra Osborne took the stand followed by Sergeant Kevin Stenger. Both testified about the computer searches performed on the computer and stated that it was impossible to determine how long someone spent on a web page and whether or not the web pages were opened at the same time.
You may view the full videos from the Casey Anthony trial on June 23, 2011 in the video player to the left. Click on the link above to watch live coverage of the Casey Anthony trial when court is in session.