June 16th, 2011
07:00 PM ET

Forensic testimony kicks off Casey Anthony defense

(CNN) - On the third anniversary of the day 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was last seen alive, attorneys for her suspected killer - her mother, Casey Anthony - kicked off their defense Thursday, presenting testimony about DNA and forensic procedures.

Testing found no blood on any of Anthony's clothes, in her car trunk or in the interior of the car, according to FBI examiner Heather Seubert and Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office crime scene technician Gerardo Bloise.

The two were the first witnesses called by Anthony's defense on a day that saw several heated exchanges between the prosecution and the defense.

Prosecutors allege that Anthony, 25, killed Caylee in 2008 by using chloroform on her and putting duct tape over her nose and mouth. They allege she then put the little girl's body in black garbage bags and stored it in her trunk before dumping it in woods near her home.

Caylee's skeletal remains were found December 11, 2008. Although she was last seen June 16 of that year, her disappearance was not reported until July 15, after Anthony's mother demanded answers from her daughter about Caylee's whereabouts.

Anthony faces seven counts in Caylee's death, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading investigators. If convicted, she could face the death penalty. She has pleaded not guilty, and her defense attorney Jose Baez has said that when all the facts are known, his client's innocence will become clear.

The defense has said Caylee was not killed but rather drowned in the family pool June 16. Baez told jurors in his opening statements that Anthony and her father, George Anthony, panicked when they discovered the body and covered up her death. George Anthony rejected that scenario in his testimony the first week of the trial.

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  1. Pam

    Dr. Drew,
    Would witness Vasco Thomas, the convict that George is alleged to have had cell phone contact with, be ploy a by the Defense to have Judge Perry removed from his seat as the Judge in this case? On your show tonight you revealed that Judge Perry was one of the Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys in the trial of Vasco Thomas. Could this be cause for a mistrial due to any predjudicial issues? This seems like something Cheney Mason would conjure up in an attempt to rid them of Judge Perry.
    I think it's interesting that Vasco Thomas is brought into the mix right after Judge Perry catches Cheney Mason in a lie and says he can't trust their (Defense) side. After the sneaky tactic that Jose Baez pulled today in regard to the questioning about Lee's paternity test, I would suspect that Judge Perry's trust and patience with the Defense is waning rather quickly. I know mine is.
    Judge Perry has been nothing but professionally competent and demonstrates a complete understanding of law and courtroom procedure. I had never heard of Baez or Mason until this case, but sense them both to be of shoddy character, not to mention inept and unprepared in the courtroom.

    June 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm |
  2. Jerry

    Dr Drew should have asked LP where was the Henkel duct tape stored...

    June 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm |
  3. Jerry

    Watching your show & happened to catch you talking to Dr Drew about casey anthony's lying etc.
    Jesse Grund called 911 one time regarding Casey Anthony having a seizure.
    Casey Anthony says in her jail letters that she is having seizures.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:44 pm |