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[UPDATE] Texas Equu-Search to Sue Casey Anthony

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[UPDATE] 7-13-2011

"Texas Equu-Search" is suing Casey Anthony.

The search-and-rescue group wants to recover more than 100 thousand dollars they say was spent searching for Anthony's daughter Caylee in 2008.

Earlier this month, Anthony was acquitted on charges she killed Caylee.

Equu-Search says Anthony lied and failed to provide critical information that would have prevented the need for the costly search.

Caylee's skeletal remains were found in December 2008, six months after she was last seen alive.

Texas Eqqu-Search wants 115-thousand dollars plus interest and attorneys fees in the suit.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday.

Anthony is set to be released from jail on Sunday.

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[UPDATE] 7-7-2011

Orlando, FL (AP) - Authorities in Florida say Casey Anthony
will be freed July 17, not Wednesday as previously announced, as a
result of a recalculation of the time she has served.

Orange County corrections spokesman Allen Moore announced the
new release date in a press release Thursday night. He said it was
based on a "detailed recalculation" following a judge's
sentencing of Anthony for lying to authorities about the death of
her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

The 25-year-old Anthony was acquitted by a jury Tuesday of
killing her daughter.

Judge Belvin Perry on Thursday gave her the maximum sentence of
four years for four convictions of lying to authorities. He denied
a defense request to combine the misdemeanor counts, which could
have made her eligible for immediate release.

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[UPDATE] 7-7 11:45am - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

Casey Anthony will be released from jail on July 13, 2011.

A court official says Casey Anthony is going to be released from jail next Wednesday following her conviction for lying to authorities who were investigating the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Anthony was sentenced to four years in jail earlier Thursday,
but she is receiving credit for the time she has already served as
well as good behavior. She has been in jail for nearly three years.

Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her child
Tuesday.

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[UPDATE] 7-7 9:40am - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

A judge has sentenced Casey Anthony to four years in prison for lying to investigators but says she can go free in late July or early August because she has already served nearly three years in jail and has had good behavior.

The judge sentenced Anthony on Thursday, two days after she was
acquitted of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old
daughter Caylee.

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[UPDATE] ORLANDO, Fla. - July 7, 2011 -

Casey Anthony learns her fate in court today. She was cleared earlier this week in the death of her daughter Caylee.

She now faces sentencing on four counts of lying to police.

Casey Anthony could walk away a free woman this morning.

Just two days after being acquitted in the murder of her daughter Caylee, the 25-year-old will be sentenced on four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. But since Anthony has already spent nearly three years behind bars... she could be released for time served.

Because of the high profile nature of the case, the court is expected to take extra precautions to keep Anthony safe upon her release.

Mark NeJane, a Florida Trial Attorney, says:

"Let's be honest, she's widely despised seemingly by most of America, if you read Twitter and Facebook and listen to commentary."

But Casey's future outside of jail is still unclear. She'll have to find place to live, and get a job. Some say an interview or book deal could fetch a half million dollars or more.

Publicist Frank Torres says:

"This story has demonstrated its ability to capture national attention and she has a very real chance to bank roll herself for the rest of her life."

But whether that life will include Anthony's family remains to be seen.

Her father - George - became the defense team's main target during the trial. And a lawyer for Anthony's parents say they haven't spoken to their daughter since 2008.

Mark Lippman, Attorney for George and Cindy Anthony, says:

"At some point i imagine there will be some sort of family meeting."

A family meeting that'll be missing... little Caylee Anthony.

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[UPDATE] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - July 6, 2011 -

The attorney representing Casey Anthony's parents says they haven't spoken with their daughter about her acquittal.

George and Cindy Anthony's attorney, Mark Lippman, told ABC's
"Good Morning America" on Wednesday they last spoke with Casey
Anthony before the trial began.

The parents both testified repeatedly during their daughter's
trial.

On Tuesday, a jury acquitted Casey Anthony in her daughter
Caylee's death. Lippman says her parents were shocked that the jury
found no evidence against her because prosecutors "did a fantastic
job."

Lippman wouldn't answer whether the Anthony's believe their
daughter killed Caylee. He denied the defense's claims that George
Anthony and his son molested Casey.

Lippman said the Anthony's had hoped to get "some sliver of
truth" about Caylee from their daughter during trial, but Casey
didn't testify.

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UPDATE 11:04pm 7/5/2011

An FSU professor who took the stand in the Anthony trial spoke about the verdict.

Professor Sally Karioth said, "I think what's most important it to recognize that there aren't any winners in this. There are just people who lost a little less than other folks did."

"I don't know if we'll ever really know what happened that day, but I know that the American judicial system seemed to work. Even if people have strong opinions about how it should have turned out." said Karioth.

Karioth added she was stunned at how many observers were so emotionally invested in the trial.

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[UPDATE] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Anthony showed no reaction when the jury's verdict was read
Tuesday after more than 10 hours of deliberations. She could have
received a death sentence if she had been convicted of first-degree
murder.

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[UPDATE] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - July 5, 2011 -

The jury has reached a verdict in the murder trial of Casey Anthony, who is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Judge Belvin Perry says he will read the verdict at 2:15 p.m.
EDT Tuesday.

The Florida jury deliberated for more than 10 hours. If
convicted of first-degree murder, the 25-year-old Anthony could get
a death sentence.

She could also be acquitted or convicted of second-degree murder
or manslaughter.

She is also charged with lying to sheriff's detectives
investigating her daughter's 2008 disappearance.

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[UPDATE] 7-5 7:57 a.m.

The fate of Casey Anthony is now in the hands of the jury. Anthony, who is 25, is accused of murdering her 2-year old daughter, Caylee.
She has pleaded not guilty.

The 7 woman, 5 man jury began deliberations Monday afternoon. (7-4)

After six weeks of testimony, jurors in the Casey Anthony trial went to the deliberation room Monday.

"Members of the jury you may retire now to begin your deliberations. "

The jury is made up of seven women and five men of various ages and backgrounds.

It will be up to them to decide whether Anthony is guilty of first-degree premeditated murder.

Or they could decide on a less serious charge like second-degree murder, manslaughter or third-degree felony murder.

Criminal Defense Attorney Holly Hughes says:

"They are going back through those notes and they are seeing what part of the evidence lines up with what part of the charge to determine if in fact Casey Anthony is guilty of anything charged in the indictment."

"The whole point of being on a jury is to make these judgments, to have the common sense, to look at the evidence and to render that verdict from their own conscious.. being conscious about it."

Jurors spent almost six hours behind closed doors Monday but did not reach a verdict.

They will be back at it Tuesday morning.
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[UPDATE] 7-4-2011 at 12:15 pm

Orlando, FL (AP) - Jurors have begun deliberating in the Casey
Anthony murder trial.

The jury of seven women and five men will consider whether
Anthony is guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her
2-year-old daughter, Caylee. If convicted of that charge, the
25-year-old could get the death penalty or life in prison.

Attorneys wrapped up their closing arguments earlier Monday.
Prosecutors say Anthony suffocated the girl with duct tape because
Caylee got in the way of her love life and would soon be old enough
to reveal the many lies she told her parents.

Defense attorneys say the girl accidentally drowned in the
family pool. They say Anthony panicked and her father, a former
police officer, decided to make the death look like a murder and
dumped the body.

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[UPDATE] 7-4-2011

Orlando, FL (AP) - Prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder
trial told jurors they kept their promises, alluding to defense
claims that never materialized.

Lead prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick told the jurors during the
rebuttal closing argument Monday that she and her colleagues backed up every claim they made in their opening statement six weeks ago. Without saying it, she was pointing out to the jury that the
defense never directly backed up its opening statement claim that
Anthony's 2-year-old daughter Caylee drowned and that Anthony's
father made the death look like a murder.

Prosecutors contend the 25-year-old Anthony suffocated her
daughter with duct tape in June 2008 and dumped the body in woods
near her family's home.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder. The jury is
expected to begin its deliberations later Monday.

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[UPDATE] 7-4-2011

Anthony Prosecutor: Drowning Claim 'Absurd'

Orlando, FL (AP) - Prosecutors in the Casey Anthony murder
trial say it is "absurd" to think her 2-year-old daughter drowned
or that Anthony's father covered up the girl's death to make it
look like murder.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told the Florida jury Monday during his
rebuttal closing argument that no one ever makes an accident look
like murder. He says the defense never showed why George Anthony
would place duct tape over his dead granddaughter Caylee's body and dump her in the woods instead of calling 911.

Prosecutors contend the 25-year-old defendant suffocated her
daughter with duct tape in June 2008. Her attorneys contend Caylee
accidentally drowned in the family pool. They say Anthony's father
decided to make the death look like a homicide after the defendant
panicked.

Deliberations are expected to begin later Monday.

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[UPDATE] 7-4 7:20 AM--

Casey Anthony's defense spent its final hours in front of the jury trying to convince them there is not enough evidence to convict her of murder.

Defense attorney Jose Baez argued:

"The reason you don't have the evidence you want is because it's an unprovable case."

In their closing arguments, they tried to discredit the state's charge that the 25 - year - old suffocated her two year old daughter Caylee with chloroform and duct tape by meticulously attacking the forensic evidence.

Then they pointed the finger at Anthony's father, saying he covered up an accidental drowning.

They were not allowed to bring up allegations that he molested his daughter as an explanation of her bizarre behavior…because the judge ruled they'd failed to prove it.

Baez said:

"I don't think anybody here can justify her actions, but they do not constitute murder."

Many of the seven woman and five men on the jury appeared tired as the day wore on. They have now been sequestered for six weeks and are expected to finally begin deliberating later today.

But first the prosecution will have the final word with their rebuttal to the defense.

Veteran prosecutor Jeff Ashton has already detailed how Casey Anthony spent the month following Caylee's disappearance lying and partying with her new boyfriend.

Ashton says:

"We can only hope that the chloroform was used before the tape was applied so Caylee went peacefully."

The prosecution claims Anthony killed her daughter because she didn't want to be a mom. The defense believes she was a imperfect who is wrongly accused.

Soon, the jury will decide.

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[UPDATE] 7-3-11 5:45 PM --

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Casey Anthony's lead defense attorney has
finished his closing argument insisting that the death of her
2-year-old daughter Caylee was an "accident snowballed out of
control."

Jose Baez spent most of his four-hour argument Sunday
concentrating on holes in the prosecution's forensic evidence,
saying it was based on a "fantasy."

The judge overseeing the case indicated that the jury will begin
deliberating on Monday.

Prosecutors contend Caylee was suffocated with duct tape by her
mother, who then crafted elaborate lies to mislead investigators
and her parents.

Baez says the toddler accidentally drowned in the family
swimming pool and that her father made the death look like a
murder, which he denies.
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[UPDATE] 7-3-11 3:37 PM --

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Casey Anthony's attorney conceded that she
lived in a fantasy world that included about a dozen imaginary
friends and associates that she used to cover up her 2-year-old
daughter Caylee's death.

Jose Baez told the Florida jury Sunday that she had developed
these imaginary friends over the years as part of her unhealthy
coping skills.

He says Anthony's actions after Caylee's death in June 2008
don't make sense, but they don't add up to murder.

Prosecutors contend Caylee was suffocated with duct tape by a
mother who then crafted elaborate lies to mislead investigators and
her parents.

Baez says the toddler accidentally drowned in the family
swimming pool. He says Anthony's lies hid emotional distress caused
by alleged sexual abuse from her father. Her father has denied that
claim.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The defense began its closing arguments in
the Casey Anthony murder trial by saying there is no proof showing
how her 2-year-old daughter Caylee died.

Defense attorney Jose Baez told the Florida jury that they have more questions than answers and that there is reasonable doubt that
Anthony killed Caylee.

Earlier, Anthony broke down crying as prosecutors called her a
liar who murdered her child.

The 25-year-old Anthony is charged with murdering her daughter
three years ago. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could get
the death penalty.

The defense has contended that Caylee accidentally drowned in
the family's pool. They say that Anthony's father then made the
death look like a homicide and dumped her in the woods near the
family home.
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UPDATE 7-3-11 10:40AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Casey Anthony broke down crying as
prosecutors called her a liar who murdered her 2-year-old daughter
Caylee.

Anthony sat unemotional during the first 45 minutes of prosecutor Jeff Ashton's closing argument Sunday. But she then closed her eyes and rested her chin on her fist.

She began weeping silently when Ashton called her claim that Caylee drowned and that Anthony's father made the death look like a murder a lie that makes no sense.

The 25-year-old Anthony is charged with murdering her daughter three years ago. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could get the death penalty.

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UPDATE 7-3-11 9:30AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Closing arguments are under way in the
Florida murder trial of Casey Anthony.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told the jury Sunday that Anthony killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee because she found it difficult to be
a parent.

The 25-year-old Anthony is charged with murdering her daughter
three years ago and dumping the body in woods near her parents'
Orlando home. If convicted of first-degree murder, Anthony could
get the death penalty.

Prosecutors say Anthony suffocated Caylee with duct tape and crafted lies to mislead investigators and her parents.

Defense attorneys say Caylee accidentally drowned in the family's pool, and that her seemingly carefree mother was hiding emotional distress caused by sexual abuse from her father.

Anthony's attorneys will give their closing argument later Sunday. The jurors will then begin their deliberations.
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UPDATE 7-2-11

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jurors in the Casey Anthony murder trial
will have to interrupt their July 4th weekend to hear closing arguments and deliberate on whether the Florida woman is guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter in 2008.

Judge Belvin Perry told jurors on Friday that closing arguments
will be presented Sunday and he'll then give final jury instructions. He said he expects jurors to begin deliberations Sunday evening. The jury also will deliberate on Independence Day.

The state rested its case Friday, after prosecutors called witnesses to bolster their contention that the woman's mother couldn't have been home to perform Internet searches for a harmful chemical, as she had claimed.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in her daughter Caylee's death. If convicted, she could face the death penalty.
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UPDATE 6-30-2011

Orlando, FL (AP) - Prosecutors have begun their rebuttal case
in the murder trial of Casey Anthony.

The first rebuttal witness Thursday was a crime scene
investigator who testified she took photographs of clothing found
in the Anthony family's central Florida home. Court was adjourned
for the day in the afternoon, with prosecutors set to continue
Friday morning.

Anthony's defense closed earlier Thursday without her taking the
witness stand.

The 25-year-old woman is charged with killing her 2-year-old
daughter Caylee three years ago.

The sensational trial is being televised nationally.

The rebuttal case is expected to take about a day. Closing
arguments are expected to be given Saturday with the jurors then
beginning their deliberations.

Anthony faces a possible death sentence if convicted of
first-degree murder.

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[UPDATE] 6-30 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

The defense has rested in the Casey Anthony murder trial without her testifying about the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

The central Florida mother did not take the witness stand as the
defense wrapped up its case Thursday, leaving claims that Caylee
accidentally drowned unsubstantiated. Prosecutors say Casey Anthony killed the toddler in June 2008 by covering her mouth with duct
tape.

If convicted of first-degree murder, the 25-year-old could
receive the death penalty.

Defense attorneys also never produced any witnesses that
bolstered their claim that Anthony had been molested by her father
as a child. They said she acted without apparent remorse in the
weeks after Caylee's death because of emotional problems resulting
from the alleged abuse.

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[UPDATE] 6-30 9am - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

Attorneys for Casey Anthony, who's accused of killing her toddler, are wrapping up their defense with their final witnesses.

Anthony's defense team is expected to rest its case Thursday.
It's still not known if the 25-year-old mother will take the stand
to answer questions about whether she killed her 2-year-old
daughter, Caylee.

A woman who says she had an affair with Anthony's father was the
first witness called Thursday. George Anthony has denied having an
affair with Krystal Holloway, who also was a volunteer who helped
search for his granddaughter in 2008.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in Caylee's
death. The prosecution contends she suffocated the child with duct
tape. The girl's remains were found in the woods near her
grandparents' home in December that year.

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UPDATE June 29, 2011 2:14pm

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Casey Anthony's father has broken down
crying while describing his emotions when he learned that granddaughter Caylee's remains had been found in a wooded area near his Orlando home.

George Anthony testified again Wednesday in the murder trial of
his daughter. Court was adjourned so the former police officer could compose himself.

His wife also returned to the witness stand earlier Wednesday. The defense attorneys have continued their strategy of painting the Anthony family as dysfunctional.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Caylee's death and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge. The prosecution contends she used duct tape to suffocate the
toddler. The defense says the girl drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool.
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UPDATE June 27, 2011 7:14am

The Casey Anthony trial is scheduled to resume after abruptly being put on hold over the weekend.

Attorneys for the central Florida mother charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee are expected to continue calling witnesses today.

They also were expected to call witnesses Saturday, but after meeting with lawyers from both sides in the case, the judge said a "legal matter" had come up and he adjourned court until Monday.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge. Her defense attorneys claim Caylee Anthony accidentally drowned in the family's swimming pool.

On Friday, Casey Anthony's attorneys showed jurors several photos of Caylee climbing a ladder into an above-ground pool as her grandmother supported her from behind.

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UPDATE June 25, 2011 10:00AM

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The defense is entering the homestretch in
the trial of a Florida mother charged with murdering her 2-year-old
daughter.

Witnesses for the defense are resuming testimony Saturday morning. Casey Anthony's attorneys have told the judge at her trial that they expect to wrap up in the middle of next week.

Prosecutors say they then need a day or two for rebuttal witnesses. That means jurors could start deliberations as early as a week from now.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and could
face the death penalty if convicted of that charge. Her defense
attorneys claim Caylee Anthony accidentally drowned in the family's
swimming pool.
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Orlando, FL (AP - June 24, 2011

Casey Anthony's Brother Testifies on Stains in Car

Casey Anthony's brother is testifying about stains found in the trunk of the woman's car.

Prosecutors claim the body of Casey Anthony's 2-year-old
daughter, Caylee, was in the car trunk and then dumped near her
Orlando home. They have argued that Casey Anthony suffocated the
girl.

Earlier Friday, attorneys for Casey Anthony showed the jury
photos of Caylee climbing into the family's swimming pool.

The attorneys had hoped to boost their argument that the toddler
accidentally drowned in the pool and wasn't murdered. The photos
showed the toddler's grandmother, Cindy Anthony, supporting her
from behind.

Cindy Anthony also testified that Caylee could open a sliding
glass door that led to the pool in the family's backyard.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.

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Orlando, FL (AP) - June 23, 2011

The mother of a Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter is testifying about computer searches on a laptop at the family's home.

Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy, testified Thursday that she had
used a computer at the family's Orlando home to do searches about
chloroform.

Prosecutors contend that Casey Anthony searched about chloroform
on the computer. Chloroform is a chemical compound that can be used to knock someone unconscious and it is also is found in human
decomposition.

The body of Casey Anthony's daughter, Caylee, was found in
December 2008, almost six months after she disappeared in Orlando.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded
not guilty. She faces the death penalty if convicted.

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Orlando, FL (AP) - June 22, 2011

Casey Anthony's defense team called a forensic geologist and a forensic toxicologist from the FBI as the first witnesses on Day 25 of the central Florida woman's trial in her daughter's death.

Judge Belvin Perry says Wednesday will only be a half-day
because he must attend a judge's meeting.

Maureen Bottrell testified she analyzed 22 pairs of shoes taken
from the Anthony home. She says three pairs of shoes had
significant enough amounts of soil to compare with soil samples
taken from the site where the skeletal remains of 2-year-old Caylee
were found.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in Caylee's death
and has pleaded not guilty and faces the death penalty if
convicted.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- June 22, 2011 7:31am

The Florida murder trial of a Casey Anthony is set to resume a day after the defense attacked forensics evidence previously offered by the prosecution.

Judge Belvin Perry says Wednesday will only be a half-day because he must attend a judge's meeting.

Forensic botanist Jane Bock testified Tuesday that 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's skeletal remains could have been in the woods for as little as two weeks when they were discovered in December 2008, a much shorter time period than prosecutors allege.

But the defense team also suffered a setback when Perry ruled that a defense DNA expert could not testify about decomposition evidence found in Anthony's trunk until a hearing is held.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in Caylee's death and has pleaded not guilty.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- June 20, 2011 7:18am

The defense resumes its case in the trial of Casey Anthony, who's accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Both sides return to an Orlando courtroom this morning after a day recess.

On Saturday, a renowned forensic expert called the autopsy done on Caylee "shoddy" and that duct tape prosecutors claim suffocated the girl was not applied until after the child's body decomposed.

Twenty-five-year-old Anthony has pleaded not guilty. She faces possible death sentence if convicted.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A forensic expert called by Casey Anthony's
defense team is refuting evidence against the Florida mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Dr. William Rodriguez is a forensic anthropologist with the U.S. Department of Defense Armed Forces Medical Examiner's Office. In
testimony Saturday morning, Rodriguez said it would be impossible
to determine the exact position of duct tape on a corpse. Because
tape loses its stickiness, it may have shifted, and animals could
have come into contact with the body.

The prosecution contends that toddler Caylee Anthony was suffocated by duct tape placed over her nose and mouth.

Her mother is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008
death. Anthony has pleaded not guilty. The defense says the girl
drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool.

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[UPDATE] 6-18-11

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The defense enters its third day calling witnesses in the murder trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida woman
accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Testimony resumes Saturday morning after jurors heard from just
one witness on Friday, a bug expert the defense called to challenge
findings made by the prosecution's expert.

Forensic entomologist Timothy Huntington testified that the stain on the carpet of Anthony's trunk did not resemble human decomposition stains he's previously seen. He also said that the stench from the trunk came from a bag of trash and was not the decaying body of toddler Caylee Anthony, as the prosecution contends.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in Caylee's summer 2008 death. Her skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near her grandparents' home that December.
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[UPDATE] 6-16 6:21am

Casey Anthony's defense team will begin calling witnesses today. Wednesday, defense attorneys asked the judge to acquit Casey..saying the prosecution had not proved their case.

The defense claimed there was insufficient evidence presented for premeditated murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter - the three felonies in the indictment.

Their main argument was that there's no real evidence of how Casey's daughter Caylee died, when she died, where she died or who was with her when she died.

The Judge however denied that motion, saying those are all questions of fact for the jury.

The defense is expected to call their first witness later this morning.

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[UPDATE] 6-15-2011 4:24pm

Questions Remain as Anthony Prosecutors Rest Case

Orlando, FL (AP) - The prosecution has wrapped up its case in
the Florida murder trial of Casey Anthony, who is accused of
killing her 2-year-old daughter nearly three years ago.

Some experts who are watching the case say that there were both
highs and lows in the state's presentation, which rested Wednesday.
The prosecutors' case was heavy on Anthony's repeated lies during
the time her child was missing, but light on concrete forensic
evidence linking her to the skeletal remains of her toddler.

They say prosecutors' saving grace may be the wide-ranging
claims made by the defense that it now must deliver on as it begins
its case on Thursday.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her
daughter Caylee. She faces the death penalty if convicted and has
pleaded not guilty.

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[UPDATE] June 15, 2011 9:20am

Prosecutors finish presenting case in trial of Casey Anthony, accused of murdering daughter.

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[UPDATE] June 15, 2011 6:30am

Casey Anthony's mother was one of the prosecution's final witnesses - testifying for a second time-Tuesday.

She broke down and cried several times as she talked about the items found with her two-year-old granddaughter Caylee's body.

Cindy:
"I remember Caylee's teddy bear, Teddy, was missing."

Burdick:
"Did Caylee also have a blanket with Winnie the Pooh on it?"

Cindy:
"Yes."

As Cindy left the stand... It appears she mouthed the words "I love you" to her daugther. Casey didn't seem to react.

The defense is expected to begin its case Thursday.

They have said Caylee was not killed but rather drowned in the family pool on June 16, 2008.

And Casey and her father panicked when they discovered the body and covered up her death.

Her father denies the allegation.

There is speculation as to if Casey will take the stand to defend the story.

A former Prosecutor Paul Henderson says:

"I think if she's going to go with that defense she is going to have to take the stand. She's going to have to sell it. It's not selling well, especially in light of all of the lies and all of the inconsistencies that have been told in the past."

Casey's former defense attorney says she believes the 25-year old mother is innocent.

One of Casey's former defense attorneys says:

"I believe she didn't commit the crime based on things that I'm still obligated not to talk about. But also because there is no real proof that there was even a murder at all."

If convicted of murder, Anthony faces the death penalty.

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[UPDATE] June 14, 2011

Forensics Expert on Stand in Anthony Murder Trial

Orlando, FL (AP) - A forensic expert says heart-shaped
stickers were found in Casey Anthony's bedroom but didn't testify
whether the items were linked to similar outlines on duct tape on
the body of the Florida woman's slain 2-year-old daughter.

Even so, the stickers shown to jurors at the 25-year-old's
murder trial Tuesday over the objection of defense lawyers were
powerful images just before the prosecution wraps up its case.

Crime scene investigator Alina Burroughs told jurors the
stickers were found in a box and a scrapbook, along with a letter
addressed to Caylee Anthony.

Another investigator previously testified she noticed the
outline of a heart on one of three pieces of duct tape while
examining it under ultra-violet lighting. There were no pictures
taken of what she saw, though.

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[UPDATE] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

A hair and fiber investigator for the FBI took the stand as the murder trial of 25-year-old Casey Anthony enters its fourth week.

Stephen Shaw told jurors Monday that he analyzed hair found in
Casey Anthony's truck and samples taken from 2-year-old Caylee
Anthony's skull, which was found in a wooded area near the Anthony
home.

Shaw testified that he saw further evidence of decomposition on
the hairs taken from the child's skull than on the hair found in
Casey Anhony's trunk.

Prosecutors believe Anthony suffocated her Caylee with duct
tape. The defense contends the toddler drowned in her grandparents'
swimming pool.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty and faces the death penalty if
convicted.

Jurors have heard from witnesses ranging from Anthony's family
members and friends to forensics experts.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- An insect expert says he found flies
related to decomposition in the trunk of a car that belonged to
Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Forensic entomologist Neal Haskell testified Saturday that the
evidence was consistent with a body being in the trunk of the
vehicle for a short period of time and then removed.

Prosecutors believe the toddler's body was kept in the car before being left in a wooded area near Casey Anthony's home.

Anthony has been charged with first-degree murder in her daughter's death. If convicted she could face the death penalty.

Prosecutors say she suffocated Caylee Anthony with duct tape. The defense contends the girl died in her grandparents' swimming pool.
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UPDATE June 11, 2011

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The murder trial of a Florida woman accused
of killing her 2-year-old daughter enters its 16th day, as prosecutors focus in on what they believe caused the child's death.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder. If convicted she should face death. Prosecutors believe she suffocated Caylee Anthony with duct tape. The defense contends she drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool.

Jurors heard testimony Friday from the medical examiner that reviewed the child's skeletal remains, and also viewed video showing how a piece of duct tape could have killed her.

Despite an at times contentious cross-examination at one point by one of Casey Anthony's defense attorneys, Orange and Osceola County chief medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia testified that she determined the toddler's manner of death to be homicide.

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[UPDATE] June 10,2011 --

Orlando, FL (AP) - A day after falling ill when jurors saw pictures of her 2-year-old daughter's skull, Casey Anthony returned to an Orlando courtroom, to hear more gruesome testimony as her
murder trial resumed.

She broke down in tears and starting shaking when a professor of
anthropology testified that some of her daughter Caylee's bones had
been chewed on by animals. She was immediately comforted by defense attorney Dorothy Simms.

Professor John J. Schultz of the University of Central Florida, told jurors how a team of forensics people carefully searched the wooded area, marking with tiny flags the locations where the child's bones were found.

Prosecutors resumed Friday where they left off when Judge Belvin
Perry ended proceedings a day earlier after Anthony felt sick and
had to leave the courtroom.

On Friday morning, jurors saw photos of the tattered and torn
shorts and shirt Caylee was wearing when she died. Later, as they
viewed pictures of Caylee's bones, Anthony looked down, covering
her mouth with her fist.

Anthony is accused of first-degree murder. Prosecutors say she
used duct tape to suffocate Caylee June 2008. The defense contends
Caylee drowned in her grandparents' pool. Her remains were found in
December 2008.

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[UPDATE] ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - June 10, 2011 -

Police had to break up an early-morning scuffle among spectators vying for limited seating at the Casey Anthony trial.

According to WKMG-TV, more than 100 people gathered early Friday
near the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando. Only the first 50 in
line are allowed to watch the murder trial from inside the
courtroom.

Court officials don't allow spectators to form their line until
5:30 a.m., though some had been waiting in a loose group nearby
since 1 a.m.

The TV station reports that police were called after a scuffle
broke out as people jockeyed for position. As the group ran to get
in line, a woman was also knocked down and had to be taken away in
an ambulance.

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UPDATE 6-9-2011

Anthony Takes Ill, Judge Recesses Trial for Day

Orlando, FL (AP) - Casey Anthony's trial in the death of her
daughter has ended early for the day in Florida because the judge
says she is ill.

Judge Belvin Perry announced the news after sending the jury
home for the day, asking them not to speculate about why court was
ending early.

Thursday had been the most intense day of evidence so far during
the 14 days of the murder trial, with jurors viewing crime scene
photos of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's remains -- including pictures
of her decomposed skull.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in Caylee's death.
Prosecutors say she used duct tape to suffocate her daughter in the
summer of 2008. The defense contends Caylee drowned in her
grandparents' pool. Her remains were found in December 2008.

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Jury Sees Photos of Caylee Anthony's Skull

Orlando, FL (AP) - Casey Anthony cried, dabbed her eyes with a
tissue and looked away as pictures of her 2-year-old daughter
Caylee's skull were displayed in an Orlando courtroom.

Judge Belvin Perry warned people in the courtroom Thursday
morning that graphic photos would be shown. He asked anyone who
might get queasy to leave during a short recess before prosecutors
called a crime scene investigator from the Orange County Sheriff's
Office.

Jurors viewed a series of photos depicting the wooded area near
the Anthony home where Caylee's remains were found in December
2008. Duct tape was on the child's skull

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder. Prosecutors say she
used duct tape to suffocate her daughter in the summer of 2008. The
child's remains were found about six months later.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A computer forensic expert remains on the
witness stand as the trial of a Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter is set to resume.

Testimony is entering its 14th day, with prosecutors drawing
connections between chloroform present in Casey Anthony's trunk and Internet searches about the chemical performed three months before her toddler disappeared.

John Dennis Bradley testified Wednesday that someone using the
Anthony family's desktop computer on March 21, 2008 searched the
website Sci-spot.com for "chloroform" 84 times that day.

Anthony is charged with using duct tape to suffocate her daughter, Caylee, in the summer of 2008. The child's skeletal remains were found in December 2008. Anthony's defense attorney says Caylee accidentally drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death.
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[UPDATE] 6-8-2011

Orlando, FL (AP) - Internet searches for how to make chloroform and neck-breaking were done on a computer that a Florida mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter had access to, an expert who analyzed the machine testified Wednesday at the mother's trial.

The queries were done several weeks before Caylee Anthony was
last seen, though the expert could not say exactly who performed
the searches.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the girl's
death and prosecutors say she used duct tape to suffocate her
daughter in the summer of 2008. The child's remains were found
about six months later.

Anthony's defense attorney says the toddler accidentally drowned
in her grandparents' swimming pool.

John Dennis Bradley, a former Canadian law enforcement officer
who now develops software for computer investigations, analyzed a
data file from a desktop seized from the home of George and Cindy
Anthony, where Casey lived sometimes.

Bradley said he was able to use a program to recover deleted
searches from March 17 and March 21, 2008. On March 21, someone
searched the website Sci-spot.com for "chloroform" 84 times, he
said.

"I believe some of these items might have been bookmarked,"
Bradley said of the search results.

Under cross-examination, though, Bradley acknowledged there were two accounts on the desktop and there was no way to know who
actually performed the searches.

"So what you're saying is that there are limited things you can
tell from this?" Anthony's attorney Jose Baez said.

"Yes," Bradley responded.

Baez also pointed out that several of the searches, including
ones for "self-defense" and "household weapons" had no bearing
on his client's case.

Bradley was the one of three computer forensic witnesses to take
the stand on the 13th day of the trial, which also included testimony from an officer whose K-9 signaled that there was a scent of human composition in the Anthony's' backyard.

Sgt. Kristin Brewer testified that her K-9 partner, Bones, signaled decomposition in the backyard during a search in July 2008. Another police dog handler testified Tuesday that his K-9 partner also detected decomposition in the backyard, as well as in the trunk of Anthony's car.

Neither K-9 partner was able to detect decomposition during a
second visit to the Anthony home. When asked why, Brewer said that
whatever had been in the yard was either moved or the odor
dissipated.

Forensics scientists testified earlier this week that high levels of chloroform were found in Anthony's car. Chloroform is a chemical that is associated with human decomposition but the compound also can be used to render a person unconscious.

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[UPDATE] 6-7 10:50am - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

A garbage bag found in the car of a Florida
mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter is the focus of
testimony as Casey Anthony's murder trial enters a phase dedicated
to forensics evidence.

Prosecutors called to the witness stand Tuesday a crime scene
investigator who testified about a garbage bag found in Anthony's
Pontiac Sunfire.

The bag is important since defense attorneys say a foul odor in
the car came from the garbage, while prosecutors contend the smell
was of decomposition.

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[UPDATE] 6-7 3:53am - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP)

More forensic evidence is expected to be heard as the murder trial of a Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter enters its 12th day of testimony.

A research scientist testified Monday and was the latest prosecution witness to tie evidence of decomposing human remains to the car of 25-year-old Casey Anthony. Jurors are expected to hear more scientific testimony on Tuesday.

Anthony is charged with killing Caylee in summer 2008. Prosecutors say the child suffocated after her mother put duct tape over her mouth.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty and her defense says Caylee died in an accidental drowning in the family's swimming pool. Caylee's skeletal remains were discovered in a wooded area near her grandparents' home in December 2008.

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[UPDATE] 6-6 10am - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

Casey Anthony's trial on charges that she killed her 2-year-old daughter entered its third week with the start of what is expected to be lengthy forensics testimony.

Arpad Vass, a researcher at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
was the first witness called Monday. Vass has pioneered a novel
technique for detecting human decomposition from air samples.

Prosecutors trying to prove that Anthony suffocated her
daughter, Caylee, with duct tape in 2008 contend that traces of
decomposition were found in her car.

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[UPDATE] 6-3 11:45am

Orlando, FL (AP) - During a videotaped jailhouse conversation in July 2008, Casey Anthony told her father that the family would "all be back
together" with her missing daughter Caylee.

The video was shown to jurors Friday. It's the ninth day of
Anthony's murder trial; she's charged with the first-degree murder
in the death of Caylee and faces the death penalty if convicted.

The jailhouse videos show Anthony talking to her mother and
father, crying and chatting about her daughter. She called Caylee
the "point" to their family's star and said the 2-year-old girl
had best traits from her, her grandparents and her uncle.

While watching the jailhouse video on Friday, Anthony, 25, sat
in the courtroom and had tears in her eyes at times.

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[UPDATE] 6-3 9:55 am

Orlando, FL (AP) - Jurors watched another video recording of a
jailhouse visit Casey Anthony had with her parents in late July
2008 as the young woman's murder trial entered its ninth day.

In the recording shown Friday morning, Anthony told her parents
her "heart is aching" because she wanted to be home with them,
and with Caylee. She is charged with killing Caylee in the summer
of 2008. The child's body was found later that year.

If convicted, Anthony could be sentenced to death. She has
pleaded not guilty. Her defense attorney says Caylee died in an
accidental drowning in the family's swimming pool. The prosecution
says the child was suffocated after duct tape was placed over her
mouth.

Prosecutors say they expect to reach the halfway point of its
case on Saturday.

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[UPDATE] 6-3 7:45am-

Jurors are expected to see more recorded jail visits in the murder trial of Florida mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Friday the prosecution will introduce at least two more recordings of visits Casey Anthony had in the weeks following her initial July 2008 arrest.

Anthony is charged with killing toddler Caylee in the summer of 2008. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death.

She has pleaded not guilty and her defense attorney says Caylee died in an accidental drowning in the family's swimming pool. The prosecution says the child was suffocated after duct tape was placed over her mouth.

On Thursday detective Yuri Melich spent the most time on the witness stand. The prosecution says it expects to reach the halfway point of its case on Saturday.

[UPDATE] 6-2 10am -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

An acquaintance of a central Florida mother
charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter has testified that he
never introduced Casey Anthony to a babysitter whom she claims
kidnapped her toddler.

Jeff Hopkins was called Thursday as the first witness on the
eighth day of testimony in Casey Anthony's murder trial.

Anthony had told investigators her daughter, Caylee, was
kidnapped by the babysitter. But witnesses have testified that no
such babysitter existed.

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[UPDATE] 6-2 ORLANDO, Fla --3:30am--

Prosecutors in the murder trial of a Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter say they are nearing the halfway point of their case and could be down to about 20 witnesses by the end of the week.

Thursday marks the eighth day of testimony in a trial that initially was expected to last 6-8 weeks.

Casey Anthony is charged with killing her daughter, Caylee, in the summer of 2008. The defense claims she accidentally drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool. The prosecution says she suffocated after having duct tape placed over her mouth.

Anthony's brother and sheriff's deputies were called to the witness stand Wednesday, in an effort to give jurors a deeper look at the lies she told them before and after the child was reported missing.
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[UPDATE] 6-1 ORLANDO, Fla. --3:30am--

The murder trial of a Florida mother accused of killing her daughter enters its seventh day after an emotional day of testimony by her mother opened the second week.

A former friend of 25-year-old Casey Anthony is set to be cross-examined by the defense to open Wednesday's proceedings.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 2-year-old daughter Caylee. If convicted, she could receive a death sentence.

The defense claims Caylee accidentally drowned in her grandparents' pool. The prosecution says she suffocated after having duct tape placed over her mouth.

Casey's mother, Cindy Anthony, broke down in tears Tuesday as she recounted a 911 call she made in July 2008. The call came after her daughter told her that Caylee had been missing for 31 days.

[UPDATE] 5-31 ORLANDO, Fla. -- 6pm --

Casey Anthony's mother returned to the witness stand Tuesday (5/31), the sixth day of testimony for her daughter’s murder trial in Orlando, Florida.

Cindy Anthony broke down in tears as she listened to a call her daughter made to the family’s home from jail.

Casey continually stated during the call that she did not know where her daughter was.

Cindy told jurors that Casey told her in a phone conversation in early July 2008 that she needed space, and that's why she had stayed away with her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Prosecutors allege that Caylee Anthony was last seen several weeks earlier and that Casey Anthony waited a whole month before reporting the girl missing.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder. Defense attorneys say the little girl died in an accidental drowning in the family's swimming pool.

Here is a transcript of the tapes played in court today:

Cindy Anthony: "Casey?"

Casey Anthony: "Mom, I just saw your nice little cameo on TV."

Cindy Anthony: "Which one."

Casey Anthony: "What do you mean, which one?"

Cindy Anthony: "Which one? I did four different ones, and I haven't seen them all. I've only seen one or two so far."

Casey Anthony: "You don't know what my involvement is in (inaudible)?"

Cindy Anthony: "Casey."

Casey Anthony: "Mom.

Cindy Anthony: "No, I don't know what you involvement is, sweetheart. You are not telling me where she's at."

Casey Anthony: "Because I don't (expletive) know where she's at. You are kidding me?"

Cindy Anthony: "Casey, don't waste your call screaming and hollering at me.

Casey Anthony: "Waste my call sitting in the jail?"

Cindy Anthony: "Whose fault is it you're sitting in jail? Are you blaming me you are sitting in the jail? Blame yourself for telling lies. What do you mean it is not your fault? What do you mean it's not your fault, sweetheart? If you would have told them the truth and not lied about everything…"

Casey Anthony: "Do me a favor and just tell me what Tony's number is. I don't want to talk to you. Forget it."

Cindy Anthony: "I don't have his number.

Casey Anthony: "Well, get it from Lee. I know Lee is at the house. I saw Mallory's car was out front. It was just on the news. They were just live outside the house."

Kristina: "Well, I'm on your side, you know that?"

Casey Anthony: "I know that, I just want to talk with Tony and get a little bit of…"

Kristina: "Casey, you have to tell me if you know anything about Caylee. If anything happened to Caylee Casey, I'll die -- you understand, I'll die."

Casey Anthony: "Oh my God. Calling you guys (was) a waste -- a huge waste. Honey, I love you. You know I would not let anything happen to my daughter. If I knew where she was, this would not be going on."

Kristina: "Then how come everyone is saying that you are lying?"

Casey Anthony: "Because nobody is (expletive) listening to anything that I'm saying. The media misconstrued everything that I said. The (expletive) detectives pulled (expletive) (expletive). They got all of their information from me but at the same time they are twisting stuff. They already said they are going to pin this on me if they don't find Caylee. They've already said that. They arrested me because they said."

Kristina: "They said that the person you dropped Caylee with doesn't even exist.

Casey Anthony: "Because, Oh look, they can't find her in the Florida database.

Casey Anthony: " I was with officers pretty much since 9 p.m. last night, up until today, up until this evening when I came up here."

Kristina: "But you are telling the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Casey Anthony: "That I have no clue where my daughter is? Yes, that is the truth. That is the absolute truth."

Kristina: "They'll find out and whoever"

Casey Anthony: "OK, Kristina, I'm hanging up, I've need to make this other call before I forget the number. So, I'll call you later."

Kristina: "OK Bye."

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[UPDATE] 5-31 ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

The mother of a Florida woman charged with killing her toddler has returned to the witness stand on the sixth day of testimony in the murder trial.

Cindy Anthony testified Tuesday that her daughter, Casey
Anthony, refused to come home for several weeks in the summer of
2008. Cindy Anthony told jurors that Casey Anthony told her in a
phone conversation in early July 2008 that she needed space, and
that's why she had stayed away with her 2-year-old daughter,
Caylee.

Prosecutors allege that Caylee Anthony was last seen several
weeks earlier and that Casey Anthony waited a whole month before
reporting the girl missing.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder. Defense
attorneys say the little girl died in an accidental drowning in the
family's swimming pool.

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[UPDATE] 5/31- 8:00 a.m. ORLANDO --

Jurors will hear more testimony when Casey Anthony's murder trial resumes Tuesday in Orlando.

Anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Prosecutors contend Anthony suffocated the girl with duct tape in the summer of 2008. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death.

Anthony's mother testified Saturday. Cindy Anthony said she last saw Caylee when they went swimming in the family's pool June 15, 2008.

The defense has argued that Casey Anthony's father found Caylee drowned in the pool and helped dispose of the body.

Casey Anthony's former boyfriend also testified Saturday about the hours after the Anthony's reported Caylee's disappearance to authorities. He described a text message from Casey Anthony which read, "If they don't find her guess who gets blamed and spends eternity in jail?"
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The fiancee of Casey Anthony's brother testified in Orlando today. She says the mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter had an "amazing" relationship with the toddler.

But she also told how Anthony's brother and she had searched for Casey in Orlando bars during the summer of 2008. And yesterday 5/26/11Anthony wiped away tears as her ex-boyfriend described tender moments Casey shared with her toddler.

Defense attorneys have coaxed witnesses to testify that Anthony was a loving mother. But prosecution witnesses have also said Anthony never seemed upset during the time Caylee disappeared.
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[UPDATE] 5-27 - 10am - ORLANDO, Fla. --

The former girlfriend of Casey Anthony's brother testified that the Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter had an "amazing" relationship with the toddler.

Mallory Parker testified Friday that Anthony had a special bond
with her daughter, Caylee. Parker was questioned on the fourth-day
of testimony in Anthony's first-degree murder.

Parker was called to the witness stand by prosecutors who coaxed
her into describing how Anthony's brother and she had searched for
Anthony in Orlando bars in an attempt to locate her when her family
hadn't seen her In many days during the summer of 2008. Prosecutors say she was having fun with friends around the same time her daughter went missing.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could be sentenced to death.

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[UPDATE] 5-26 - 1:30pm - ORLANDO, Fla. --

On day two of the case against Casey Anthony there were questions about the 25-year-old's character and mental state during the time her daughter was allegedly missing.

The state began chipping away at the defense theory that Caylee had drowned when they put Tony Lazzaro on the stand. Lazzaro was Casey's boyfriend from May to July of 2008. He testified that Casey was protective of her daughter especially around water.

The state asked, "What did Casey do when she got too close to the pool?

Larazzo said, "What any mother would do: try to stop her from getting in the pool."

Lazzaro was also with Casey Anthony the day little Caylee allegedly disappeared - surveillance cameras at a Blockbuster show the couple renting movies on the same day the defense says Caylee accidentally drowned.

The Prosecutor asked, "When you saw her that night did she cry?
Lazzarro: "No."
Prosecutor: "Did she act scared?"
Lazzarro: "No."
Prosecutor: "Did she act nervous?
Lazzarro: "No."

Lazzaro's three roommates didn't know Caylee was missing either. During their turns on the stand Wednesday, the men said Casey always had a ready explanation when anybody asked where Caylee was.

Cameron Campana, Lazarro's former roommate, said, "One time she she was going to Universal with the nanny, then another time the nanny was taking her to Cocoa Beach."

Those same roommates were also with Casey when she was partying at the nightclub where Lazzaro worked though the defense claims Casey was actually working in those notorious pictures that show her having a good time. Other women employed as shot girls confirmed that.
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Pictures are attached above, as are Casey Anthony's letters.

[UPDATE] 5-26 - 9:42am - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

A Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter wiped away tears as her ex-boyfriend described to jurors affectionate moments Casey Anthony shared with her toddler.

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Click the graphic below for LIVE coverage of the trial


 Casey Anthony

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Anthony Lazarro testified Thursday under questioning from
Anthony's defense attorney that she taught Caylee how to swim and
regularly displayed affection for her daughter.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her
daughter. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death. She has
pleaded not guilty.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys have offered strikingly different portrayals of Anthony.

Prosecutors have gotten witnesses to testify that Anthony never
seemed upset during the time Caylee disappeared. Defense attorneys have coaxed witnesses to testify that Anthony was a loving mother.

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[UPDATE] 5-25 - 2pm - ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

A neighbor of the Anthony family testified that Casey Anthony asked to "borrow a shovel to dig up a bamboo root" on June 18, 2008.

Brian Burner was the first witness after lunch Wednesday in the
trial of the 25-year-old Orlando woman standing trial for murdering
her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Burner also testified that he saw Anthony's white car backed
into the family's garage on the afternoon of June 16, 2008. That's
the day that prosecutors say Caylee's grandfather last saw the
child alive.

Prosecutors say Caylee died from three pieces of masking tape
being placed over her nose and mouth. Her body was found in a
wooded area near the Anthony home. The defense team says Caylee
drowned in the family's pool on June 16, 2008.

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[UPDATE] 5-25 - 9:40am ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

Prosecutors called two former Orlando college students to the witness stand. They were roommates of Casey Anthony's boyfriend.
Both testified that Anthony lived with them, and seemed normal and happy, even though prosecutors say her child was already missing.

Tuesday, Anthony's defense attorney stunned the courtroom -telling jurors two year old Caylee died in the family swimming pool. He also claimed Casey's Father molested Casey as a child and helped cover-up the accident. Her father George Anthony denied the charges on the witness stand.

"Have you ever sexually assaulted your daughter Casey?"
"No sir."

Because Casey's Anthony's father denied the charges, legal analysts say it may now be necessary for Anthony herself to take the witness stand to tell what she claims really happened. Prosecutors contend Anthony killed her own daughter, using duct tape over the girl's nose and mouth.

Many Florida residents are captivated by the case, like Kim Flanders who waited 8 hours to get one of fifty public courtroom seats.

Flanders says, "What do you think the strategy is? I think they're trying
To do whatever they can to save her life. That's what i think."

And Casey Anthony's life is on the line if convicted of killing her daughter, she could face the death penalty.
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[UPDATE] 5-25 - 9:40am ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) --

A former roommate of Casey Anthony's boyfriend has taken the witness stand on the second day of the Florida mother's murder trial.

Cameron Campana was the first witness called by prosecutors on
Wednesday.

The 25-year-old Anthony is charged with murdering her 2-year-old
daughter Caylee almost three years ago. She has pleaded not guilty.

The state says that Casey used duct tape to kill her daughter,
while the defense is arguing that Caylee accidentally drowned.

Campana is a club promoter in Cleveland who was attending Full
Sail University in Orlando during 2008.

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UPDATE 5-24 11:13pm by Amy Long

Casey Anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee back in 2008.

The prosecution gave a time-line of lies they say the 25 year-old mom told to cover up murder. The defense says the toddler was never missing and instead drowned in a swimming pool, then pointed the finger at Anthony's father, George Anthony.

One local attorney says he's not surprised of the number of acquisitions clouding the air, but is interested in how the prosecution will enter some of the evidence; like a first impression.

Attorney Bob Harper says, "The new science is particularly important and interesting to me. But, the 'he said-she said' lacks the romance."

The trial will resume Tuesday 5/25.
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UPDATE 5-24 6:00pm -

The murder trial of Casey Anthony took a shocking turn in Florida. Both sides presented opening statements in the case against the young mother, accused of killing her own daughter.

Casey Anthony cried as her attorney dropped a bombshell, saying, "This is not a murder case."

Anthony is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee more than 2 years ago. But during opening statements, her attorney claimed the death was a terrible accident.

"She died on June 16, 2008 when she drowned in her family's swimming pool," says Defense Attorney Jose Baez.

Baez said Anthony's father Georgia was the one who found the child's body. As to why Anthony waited a month to admit her daughter was missing, the defense painted a picture of a victim of abuse, living in a dysfunctional family.

Jose Baez says,"You will hear about ugly things, secret things. When she was 8 years old, her father began to touch her inappropriately and it escalated and it escalated."

The prosecution's first witness was George Anthony. He adamantly denied that he had anything to do with Caylee's death or hurting his daughter."

Casey Anthony shook her head when she heard her father's denial.
Her attorney grilled him on the stand, trying to poke holes in his testimony. In her opening statement, the prosecutor portrayed Anthony as a habitual liar, who partied and shopped for a month before admitting her daughter was gone. If convicted of first degree murder, she could face the death penalty.

The prosecution also said it found searches on a computer at the Anthony home - for terms like "chloroform" and "neck-breaking".
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UPDATE 5-24 4:56pm -

Casey Anthony's Father Disputes Defense Claims

Orlando, FL (AP) - The father of a Florida mother charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter is dismissing her defense attorney's allegations that the toddler accidentally drowned in a swimming pool while he was at home.

Casey Anthony's father, George Anthony, also denied that he ever
had sexually molested his daughter. Casey's defense attorney made
the claims in opening statements Tuesday.

The 25-year-old Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, she could be sentenced to death.

An autopsy has never able to conclude a cause of Caylee's death.

Prosecutors say Caylee died from duct tape being placed over her
mouth and nose. They said during opening statements that all the
evidence points to Casey Anthony as the killer.

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[UPDATE] 5-24 1:30pm -

Defense Attorney says Caylee drowned in pool.

The defense attorney for a Florida mother charged with killing
her two-year-old daughter says the toddler died in a swimming pool.

Defense attorney Jose Baez said Tuesday in opening statements
that Casey Anthony loved her daughter and was a good mother.

The 25-year-old Anthony is charged with first-degree murder. If
convicted, she could be sentenced to death. She has pleaded not
guilty and says a babysitter kidnapped the little girl.

Prosecutors said in their opening statement that Caylee died
from her murderer placing duct tape over Caylee's mouth and nose.

Casey Anthony started crying when a prosecutor described the
last day her grandparents saw her.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The trial of a Florida mother charged with
killing her toddler has started in Orlando.

Circuit Judge Belvin Perry called the court to order around 9
a.m. Tuesday in Casey Anthony's first-degree murder trial.

Anthony is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter. She has
pleaded not guilty and says a babysitter kidnapped Caylee Anthony.

The trial has attracted national attention, and dozens of people
lined up in the early morning hours to be one of the few spectators
allowed into the courtroom. One spectator, Brett Schulman, says he
arrived at the Orlando courthouse at 4 a.m.

The trial is expected to last from six to eight weeks. Jurors
were picked from Pinellas County on the Gulf Coast and transported
to Orlando where they are being sequestered during the trial.

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Almost three years after her 2-year-old daughter disappeared, a Florida mother charged with the toddler's death has her day in court.

Opening statements are set for Tuesday in the first-degree murder trial of Casey Anthony.

No witnesses saw what happened to 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, and only her killer knows exactly how she died. So the jury's decision will likely come down to forensic evidence.

If convicted, 25-year-old Casey Anthony could be sentenced to death. She has pleaded not guilty and says a babysitter kidnapped Caylee.

The trial is expected to last from six to eight weeks. Jurors were picked from Pinellas County on the Gulf Coast and transported to Orlando where they are being sequestered during the trial.


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