Most people know by now that DNA is a factor that can make a case or break it. Since Casey Anthony was indicted in 2008 for murdering her 2-year old daughter Caylee Anthony, DNA has been a major factor for both the defense and the prosecution. The prosecution recently brought up a paternity test, claiming incest between Casey and the men in her family. The prosecution seems to be scrambling since the latest evidence from the FBI is that the duct tape found on the body of Caylee Anthony has no evidence of blood or DNA from the defendant and mother of the child, Casey Anthony.
Two participants in the trial, Judge Perry and Prosecutor Jeff Ashton were both involved in the first use of DNA in an American court years ago. This case will obviously lean towards the favor of scientific and DNA evidence.
An FBI forensic document examiner, Lorie Gottesman, testified that she found no evidence of DNA or blood in the evidence that she examined. She did find a trace of DNA but it turned out to be her own. Gerardo Bloise, an Orange County crime scene investigator, and Heather Seubert, a chief agent at the FBI lab also testified that they found no blood or DNA but that this does not immediately implicate innocence.
Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton reminded the jury while questioning Seubert that it is not uncommon for there to be a lack of blood evidence in murder cases where the cause of death didn’t involve bloodshed.
“The likelihood of obtaining a DNA result does start to diminish as the body starts to decompose,” she said.
Lee Anthony and George Anthony – Who is Caylee’s Father?
The defense also brought up the paternity test conducted to test the suspicions of one FBI agent regarding incest and the actual father of Caylee Anthony. A heated set of objections were made by the prosecution against this line of questioning.
Why did they bring up the paternity? Casey’s attorney, Baez, is trying to support his claim that his client was a victim of child abuse. And that it was this sexual abuse that caused Casey Anthony to become the instinctive liar she is today.
The defense stated that this as not appropriate because Baez is aware that the test proved that neither of the Anthony men father Casey’s child.
This is a capital punishment case and if convicted Casey Anthony will be put to death. The case itself has garnered massive media coverage, especially in the state of California. More recently, a fight broke out in the court room cause an early adjournment. And everyday people are camped outside the courthouse picketing, selling shirts and hoping to catch a glimpse of the action.
Do you think that Casey Anthony killed her daughter? Or do you think the defense is telling the truth when they claim that it was actually George Anthony, Casey’s father, who found Caylee drowned in the pool and then disposed of the body?
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