The Casey Anthony Trial has become Orlando’s biggest attraction. The trial has People lining up and camping out outside the Orlando courtroom in hopes of receiving tickets to witness the Casey Anthony trial.
In an ABC interview with truTV’s Beth Karas, ABC reporter Yunji de Nies finds out a couple of interesting tidbits regarding what is on the radar for the Casey Anthony Trial in the month to come. Karas told de Nies that this trial is up there in comparison to the Menedez brothers, Scott Peterson and even OJ Simpson. Social media is gobbling every single ounce up that they can. Twitter tweets it. Facebook has a group. Leaving no stone unturned the media is milking it in everyway they can.
Why? Casey Anthony faces the death penalty if she is found guilty of killing her 2 year old daughter Caylee Marie Anthony back in 2008. The verdict is expected sometime in July of this year.
During the trial’s third week the prosecution hammered the defense with experts and forensic evidence. Please see Holly Robin’s earlier article on Casey for more details on the third week of the trial.
Defense attorney Jose Baez, had his work cut out for him as the Casey Anthony Trial transitioned into the fourth week. Among the expert testimonies was entomologist Dr. Timothy Huntington, aka the insect expert and the only one to testify on the 21st day of the trial according to the Huffington Post.
Huntington was brought on by the defense on December 11th, 2008 a few days after Caylee Anthony’s remains were found in the woods near her family home. Dr. Neal Haskell, an insect expert for the State of Florida, testified that evidence found during his investigation of Casey Anthony’s Pontiac Sunfire suggested that a body had been decomposing for several days within the trunk.
Taking the stand Huntington hung tight on his testimony as he made key points, including if a body had been decomposing for days as Haskell suggested, than there would be many bugs, thousands upon thousands and he only found one blow fly leg after examining the car in 2010.
Also armed with his own research, Huntington had taken decomposing pigs to re-enact what happens when remains break down within a trunk. Stains are left, insects thrive and car detailing need not apply. However one area Huntington did not thoroughly cover was wrapping the decomposing pigs in blankets, as the prosecution is claiming Casey Anthony wrapped up Caylees body before placing it in the trunk.
Dr. Werner Spitz, a forensic expert, took the stand Saturday, June 18, to argue for the defense that Caylee Anthony may not have suffocated due to duct tape. After thorough research and analysis Spitz determined that the duct tape was applied to Caylee Anthony’s mouth after her body had decomposed.
Spitz also called the autopsy performed on Caylee Anthony shoddy, meaning careless or sloppy. “The head is part of the body and when you do an examination, you examine the whole body,” Spitz said, according to the Associated Press. “… That to me is a signal of a shoddy autopsy.”
O.J. Simpson and Phil Spector also had Dr. Werner Spitz testify on their behalf during their high profile trials as well.
Dr. William Rodriguez followed Spitz on Saturday as the defense’s first witness. A forensic anthropologist with the U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s Office, Rodriquez would also testify on the alleged duct tape placement, claiming the duct tape could have shifted from either time or animals that came in contact with the body.
Another man who was dragged into the Casey Anthony Trial is Vasco Thompson. Thompson is a convicted kidnapper, although he denies any contact with George Anthony, Casey’s father, is absolutely absurd. Is Baez trying to point fingers as he claims that Thompson and George Anthony exchanged phone calls weeks before Caylee disappeared? Thompson is claiming that the number Baez is using as proof that Thompson and George Anthony spoke was not his until February 2009.
Without a connection to the case it does not look like Vasco Thompson will be called to the witness stand again in the Casey Anthony Trial. Time is ticking away as July looms on the horizon. If found guilty, Casey Anthony faces the death penalty.