The Trial of Casey Anthony

Daily Summaries of Trial Events and Testimony

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The Trial of Casey Anthony Casey Anthony trial Caylee Marie Anthony duct tape jury chloroform human decomposition forensic evidence Dr. Werner Spitz Dr. Jan Garavaglia Dr. Arpad Vass On May 9, 2001, Casey Anthony went on trial in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. She was facing charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and founr counts of providing false information to law enforcement.

The following are daily summaries of events and testimony of Casey Anthony's trial, from the first day of jury selection until the verdict by the jury:

Tampa Jurors to Hear Casey Anthony Case
May 9, 2011
A panel of potential jurors from the Tampa Bay area began the process of being selected for the trial. The location of the selection was not announced until early this morning because of unprecedented media interest.

Jury Selection Continues for Casey Anthony
May 16, 2011
After six days of detailed and sometimes tedious questioning, 12 jurors have been selected. More are needed to provide alternates.

Profiles of Casey Anthony Trial Jury Members
May 20, 2011
It took 11 days of intense questioning from the judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys to come up with a jury of 12 jurors and five alternates.

Casey Anthony Trial Begins
May 24, 2011
In opening statements, the prosecution said whoever put duct tape on Caylee Anthony's mouth, nose and hair never intended for it to be removed.

In a shocking opening statement, the defense said the 2-year-old was never missing she was found drowned in the family swimming pool.

Casey Acted 'Normal' After Caylee's Death
May 25, 2011
According to several witnesses, Casey Anthony acted normal and never mentioned during June and early July 2008 to her boyfriend, his roommates or nightclub friends that her 2-year-old daughter was missing.

Casey Told Ex-Boyfriend of Abuse
May 26, 2011
The jury did not hear Casey Anthony's former boyfriend Tony Lazzaro testified that she claimed she was sexually abused by her brother Lee and physically by her father George.

Maggots Seen in Casey's Trunk
May 27, 2011
Casey Anthony's father and the manager of a towing company told the jury they smelled the human decompensation when they retrieved her car from the impound yard. George Anthony said he personally saw maggots in the trunk of the car.

Cindy Anthony Removed Ladder From Pool
May 28, 2011
Tony Lazzaro, Casey's boyfriend, was angry and betrayed when he found out Casey Anthony's daughter had been missing a month. Cindy Anthony said she took the ladder down from the above-ground swimming pool the night before the child allegedly drowned.

Cindy Anthony Relives 9-1-1 Calls
May 31, 2011
Cindy Anthony emotionally broke down on the witness stand, as jurors heard how the family first found out that 2-year-old Caylee was missing.

Testimony Highlights Casey's Elaborate Lies
June 1, 2011
The prosecution began to show the jury the elaborate lies Casey Anthony told everyone around her when they realized her 2-year-old daughter was actually missing.

Jury Hears Casey's Jailhouse Tapes
June 2, 2011
Jurors spent several hours listening to audio and video tapes of the elaborate lies Casey Anthony told to investigators, friends and her own family.

CSI Says Casey's Car Smelled Like Death
June 3, 2011
Crime scene investigator Gerardo Bloise told jurors that the trunk of her car smelled to him like human decomposition.

Expert: Caylee's Hair in the Trunk
June 4, 2011
FBI expert Karen Korsberg Lowe testified that a single 9-inch hair found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car could not be ruled out as Caylee's.

Dead Body in Trunk Only 'Plausible Explanation'
June 6, 2011
Dr. Arpad Vass told jurors he found shockingly high levels of chloroform in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car and could find "no other plausible explanation" for other chemicals he found on carpet in the trunk except the presence of a dead body.

Cadaver Dog Alerted on Casey's Trunk
June 7, 2011
An Orange County Sheriff's Department dog handler told jurors that his cadaver dog alerted on the trunk of her car after it was impounded by authorities.

Deputy Jason Forgey didn't need his K-9 partner to tell him the trunk had the smell of death. "I smelled it. Clear as day," he said.

Casey Googled 'Chloroform' Experts Testify
June 8, 2011
Expert witnesses testified that while her parents were at work, Casey Anthony did Internet searches for 'chloroform' and 'how to make cloroform' on a desktop computer at her parents' home.

Casey Gets Ill As Skull Photos Shown
June 9, 2011
An apparently shaken Casey Anthony was removed from the courtroom and court was adjourned an hour and a half early as graphic photos of the remains of Caylee Anthony were shown to the jury.

Casey Gets Ill As Skull Photos Shown
June 9, 2011
An apparently shaken Casey Anthony was removed from the courtroom and court was adjourned for the day an hour and a half early as graphic photos of the remains of Caylee Anthony were shown to the jury.

Caylee's Manner of Death: Homicide
June 10, 2011
The prosecution presented testimony from Dr. Jan Garavaglia, Orange and Osceola County chief medical examiner, and expert witnesses to show that the manner of Caylee Anthony's death was homicide and the murder weapon was duct tape.

Bug Expert Says Caylee's Body Was Moved
June 11, 2011
From the types of flies found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car, an entomologist testified that Caylee Anthony's body was moved twice before it was discovered off Suburban Drive.

Heart Shape Seen on Caylee's Duct Tape
June 13, 2011
A FBI latent fingerprint expert told the jury she saw the outline of a dime-sized heart-shape sticker on the duct tape found with the remains of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.

The Prosecution Rests Its Case
June 14, 2011
The prosecution used its last witnesses to link key pieces of evidence found with the remains of Caylee Anthony to her mother, Casey Anthony, and documented her 'Bella Vita' tattoo.

Judge Denies Casey's Motion to Dismiss
June 15, 2011
Attorney Chaney Mason's emotional argument for dismissal of charges, after the prosecution rested, was anything but usual as he told the judge the prosecution had presented no evidence of premeditation or a pattern of child abuse.

Casey's Defense Focuses on Lack of Evidence
June 16, 2011
The defense opened it's case in Casey Anthony's murder trial by focusing on forensic evidence, or more specifically, the lack of it.

Expert: Body Couldn't Have Been in Trunk
June 17, 2011
Forensic entomologist Timothy Huntington testified that the insects that were found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car indicate to him that there was never a dead human body present.

Caylee's Autopsy Was Shoddy, Expert Says
June 18, 2011
Eminent forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz told jurors that the initial autopsy on her 2-year-old daughter Caylee was "shoddy" and could not have ruled out an accidental death.

Casey's Defense Continues Forensic Attack
June 21, 2011
Defense witnesses were used to challenge the lack of DNA evidence, the lack of chloroform evidence and the time the remains of Caylee Anthony were in the woods near her home.

Lack of Evidence Focus of Casey's Defense
June 22, 2011
Attorneys for Casey Anthony called six witnesses to continue to highlight the lack of evidence and inconclusive forensic testing done by expert. The defense attacked soil, hair and air testing that turned up little or no evidence.

Cindy Anthony: 'I Searched for Chloroform'
June 23, 2011
Cindy Anthony stunned the courtroom when she testified that she used the family computer to search for "chloroform" and the stain in the trunk of the Pontiac Sunfire was there when the car was purchased in 2000.

Caylee Could Climb Pool Steps
June 24, 2011
Cindy Anthony identified pictures showing her granddaughter Caylee climbing the steps of the family swimming pool with little help a year before she disappeared.

Casey Anthony Trial Abruptly Delayed
June 25, 2011
Judge Belvin Perry adjourned court before the jury was called into the courtroom Saturday, saying only it was due to "legal issues."

Casey Found Competent, Trial Continues
June 27, 2011
Casey Anthony as the defendant was declared competent to proceed, her defense filed a motion for another mistrial based on a recent court decision and the jury saw videotapes of a search of the area where Caylee's remains were found a month before she was actually found.

Judge Blocks Defense Witnesses Testimony
June 28, 2011
Defense attorneys accused a meter reader of tampering with evidence, accused George Anthony of having an affair and tried to accuse Lee Anthony of molesting his sister, but that testimony was blocked from the Casey Anthony murder trial. Judge Belvin Perry also blocked the testimony of two other defense witnesses.

Casey's Defense Calls Grief Expert
June 29, 2011
After accusing George Anthony of trying to commit suicide out of guilt and accusing Roy Kronk of changing his story to help the police, defense attorneys for Casey Anthony called a grief expert to explain their client's behavior.

Casey Anthony's Defense Rests
June 30, 2011
The defense in the Casey Anthony first-degree murder trial ended its case without the defendant taking the witness stand in her own defense.

Testimony Ends in Casey Anthony Trial
July 1, 2011
The prosecution wrapped up its rebuttal presentation in the Casey Anthony first-degree murder trial after attacking the defendant's mother's claim that she made computer searches for chloroform, not her daughter.

Jury Set to Begin Deliberations
July 3, 2011
As America celebrated Independence Day, jurors in the Casey Anthony trial were scheduled to hear the conclusion of the prosecution's rebuttal closing arguments, instructions from the judge and then begin deliberating.

Casey Anthony Not Guilty
July 5, 2011
A Florida jury has found Casey Marie Anthony not guilty of all felony charges in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. The jury did find her guilty of four counts of giving false information to police, all misdemeanor charges.

Casey Anthony Gets Four 1-Year Sentences
July 7, 2011
Casey Anthony has been sentenced to one year in jail and $1,000 fine for each of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. Judge Belvin Perry ruled that the sentences will be served consecutively, therefore effectively giving her a four-year sentence.