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Forensic experts testify at Casey Anthony murder trial

On Thursday, the first-degree murder trial of Casey Anthony was mostly focused on testimony by forensic experts related to evidence found at the crime scene. Anthony remained in the courtroom as prosecutors showed graphic photos of the crime scene to the jury and to those in attendance, including some of Caylee Anthony's skull with duct tape over the nose and mouth.

Prosecutors have charged Anthony with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and lying to police. She could face the death penalty if convicted of the murder charge. Prosecutors accuse Anthony of killing her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, by using chloroform to put her to sleep before suffocating her by placing duct tape over her nose and mouth.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty to the charges. Anthony's defense claims that Caylee died of an accidental drowning in the family pool. The defense says that Anthony's father found Caylee's body and showed it to her. They then lied about the accident. The defense claims that the lies came naturally out of a family habit of lying about dark secrets because they say Casey had been sexually abused by her father while she was growing up, and to a lesser extent by her brother.

The defense has posited a believable explanation for the lies Casey told. This is important for her case because the many lies she told police and her former friends did not help her case. Casey did not report the death of Caylee or the fact that she was missing for 31 days since she was last seen by anyone else. Prosecutors and her defense team have presented different versions of what Casey was doing during this time. Casey's mother eventually reported Caylee missing after she smelled a terrible odor in Casey's abandoned car. Casey told police that Caylee had been taken by a nanny, but it later turned out that that nanny did not exist.


Trial session ends early as Casey Anthony takes ill (Reuters)

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