[UPDATE] The Defense of Casey Anthony

By: CBS News; Associated Press
By: CBS News; Associated Press

[UPDATE] 4-15 Noon -

It’s a murder case that has become a national obsession, gripping headlines since it began nearly three years ago. Casey Anthony, a 22-year-old single mother, was charged for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Caylee’s remains were found in December 2008, near her grandparents’ home in Orlando, Florida. Authorities say duct tape was found wrapped around her skull and her body had been stuffed into two garbage bags and laundry bag. In the days following Caylee’s disappearance, Casey did not show any signs of concern for her missing child, instead, she was seen out at dance clubs and visiting friends. Ever since, there has been a strong public outcry against the Anthony family and many the residents of Florida and around the country say they are convinced she was the one responsible for Caylee’s death.

Now, with the trial just weeks away, 48 HOURS MYSTERY Correspondent Troy Roberts has gained inside access into the defense team and some of their experts who question the accuracy of some of the forensic evidence in the case. They hope to cast doubt on the prosecutions’ evidence against Casey. If convicted, Casey could face the death penalty. Her two leading defense attorneys, Jose Baez and Cheney Mason, share with 48 HOURS MYSTERY how they plan to refute the prosecutions’ evidence, and Forensic Expert Larry Kobilinsky explains that there is not sufficient evidence to prove that Caylee Anthony was even murdered.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The judge in the murder trial of a Florida mother charged with killing her daughter says jurors may be picked from the Orlando area if they can't be found in another location in Florida.

Circuit Judge Belvin Perry said at a hearing Friday that he still planned to pick jurors outside the Orlando area for Casey Anthony's trial next month. Jurors will be brought to central Florida, where they will be sequestered for the trial. If jurors can't be chosen in a week, the judge said he will consider
returning jury selection to Orlando.

The judge wants to use jurors outside of Orlando because of the media attention the case has gotten.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. She says a babysitter kidnapped her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.


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