Michigan Medical Examiner Makes Prediction In Casey Anthony Case
Tue, 05 Jul 2011 10:48:00 GMT —
The jury in the Casey Anthony trial began deliberations Monday. For six weeks the lawyers, dozens of witnesses and around 400 pieces of evidence have taken center stage in this high profile case. Now it is a group of twelve unknown, unseen jurors who are at the center of the murder trial.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told the Florida jury Monday during his closing argument that no one ever makes an accident look like murder. He says the defense never showed why George Anthony would place duct tape over his dead granddaughter Caylee's body and dump her in the woods instead of calling 911.
Prosecutors contend the 25-year-old defendant suffocated her daughter with duct tape in June 2008. Her attorneys contend Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool. They say Anthony's father decided to make the death look like a homicide after the defendant panicked.
WDIV in Detroit reports that Former Macomb and Wayne counties Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Werner Spitz says he doesn't think Casey Anthony will be convicted of first-degree murder. Spitz, a world-renowned forensics pathologist, flew down to Florida in June to testify for the defense during the trial.
Spitz called Orlando medical examiner's neglect to open the child's skull during the original autopsy a failure. He said opening up the skull can be used to rule out certain conditions, and he said he's looked over cases where opening the skull has been the difference in ruling the cause of death. Spitz said based on the evidence, you can not rule out an accidental death.
Anthony is charged with first-degree murder and six other charges. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could be sentenced to death or life in prison.
The seven women and five men of the jury were chosen from the Tampa Bay area. They have listened to 33 days of testimony and another two days of closing arguments.
The jury is expected to begin deliberations Tuesday morning at 8:30.