June 30th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Defense rests in Casey Anthony trial

(CNN) - Casey Anthony's defense rested Thursday in her capital murder trial without calling her to testify, ending weeks of speculation about whether she would take the stand in her own defense.

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. questioned Anthony to ensure the decision not to take the stand was hers. She answered, "Yes, sir," or "yes" to his questions.

Casey Anthony, 25, is charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and misleading police, in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against her. She has pleaded not guilty.

Anthony's defense team is trying to discredit the prosecution theory that the Orlando woman rendered Caylee unconscious with chloroform, duct-taped her mouth and nose, and stored the child's body in her car trunk for a few days before dumping it in the woods.

The defense says Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Anthony and her father panicked and covered it up. George Anthony has denied those claims.

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  1. Sylvia C

    The Casey Anthony Trial, George Anthony's denial of an affair with Ms. Holloway. It was George's turn to fall on the sword for Casey just as Cindy did. I do believe it was intentional in order to portray the family as liars so as to bolster the defense case.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:15 am |