ORLANDO – After nearly three years of investigations, allegations, legal wrangling and eleven days of jury selection, Casey Anthony goes on trial in Orlando this morning where a 12 member panel will decide her fate.
Casey is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in the summer of 2008. The toddlers skeletal remains were found in a wooded area near her family’s home in December of that year.
abcactionnews.com will provide live coverage of today’s opening statements.
The main problem for prosecutors is that there is no smoking gun, no direct evidence of who killed Caylee or how she died.
But they do have an arsenal of forensic evidence along with video, photographs and audio.
One audio clip is especially disturbing.
“It smells like there’s been a body in the damn car.” That’s what Casey’s mother, Cindy, told a 911 operator about Casey’s car after Caylee went missing.
Another fact: Casey waited 31 days before telling anyone that Caylee was missing. The defense will have to explain that early on, according to legal experts,
Prosecutors say they have forensic evidence that Caylee’s body had been in Casey’s car at one point. That evidence includes a stain on the trunk’s carpet, chloroform samples, cadaver dog reactions and more.
The state says Casey didn’t say anything for fear of being caught. The prosecution also has photos of Casey partying during the time Caylee was missing, although Sheaffer doesn’t expect the images to be a primary focus.
“Right out of the gate the defense is going to have to start punching holes in the state’s case,” legal analyst Bill Sheaffer told WFTV. “Most observers don’t think they can climb that mountain.”
Sheaffer believes the state will paint an emotional picture of Caylee. ” I imagine the state will want to put a face on little Caylee. They’ll show those darling pictures of her,” he told WFTV.
The prosecution will also introduce evidence found in the wooded area where Caylee’s remains were found, including a hear-shaped sticker, similar to ones found in the Anthony home.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Casey.
The trial has gained international attention. A “media village” has been set up next to the Orange County Courthouse. More than 500 credentials were issued for the trial.
My only comment: If found guilty, this lady needs to experience a very slow death.