July 4th, 2011
11:27 AM ET

Prosecutor: Casey Anthony's life was better without Caylee

Casey Anthony's actions, particularly those in the 31 days after her 2-year-old daughter went missing and before police were notified, speak volumes about her guilt, prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick told jurors in Casey Anthony's capital murder trial Monday.

Burdick reminded the jury that she went through each one of those days in her opening argument as the trial began, asking "Where is Caylee?"

"The question is no longer 'Where is Caylee?' We know where Caylee Marie Anthony is," Burdick said. "The question is no longer 'What happened to Caylee Marie Anthony?' We know what happened to Caylee."

But Casey Anthony's actions and responses "answer for you the only real question left at this stage of the proceedings, and that is who killed Caylee Anthony," Burdick said.

Jurors are expected to begin deliberations later in the day on whether Casey Anthony is guilty of first-degree murder and other charges in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

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  1. Dave not Attel

    Jane Valez Mitchell brought everything into perspective by chasing the defense team down like tabloid paparazzi person. Jane, they're just going to lunch.

    July 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Dave not Attel

    What's a lie dedector?

    July 4, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    That Justin is a troll.
    I know him.
    I just wanted to tell the troll hello.
    Your mind, guy, is something else.
    I know.

    July 4, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Casey is not beautiful.
    She's somewhat built, but not beautiful.

    July 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. banasy

    @JIF:

    Oh, is our boy back?

    July 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    He hasn't been away much.
    The masks differ.

    July 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Daria Olsen

    Adoption?

    July 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Well. CNN certainly squelched my reply to that.

    July 4, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. john

    Something I hadn't thought of till now, perhaps Casey was involved in prost itution and either her or her john, or both, used chloroform to keep Caylee quite while Casey was turning tricks. That could account for a great many things, why no one knows who the father is, where Casey was getting her money from and where she was staying when she wasn't at her parents house.

    July 4, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. tomas

    I wish that between HLN and CNN somehow that the executives would have chosen to alternate between the two networks to replay the final rebuttal sometime today and not just their chosen outtakes. It would have been much more responsible and professional journalism. There are a few of us who did not get up to watch it live this morning and would like that whole actual presentation in order to make our own decisions about the performance of the attorneys. It would have been much better than replaying the talking heads all day who were mostly just speculating and talking over each other. This was/is an important historical event which should have been handled by the media in a much more professional manner. In terms of the outcome etc. Can't make a full determination without seeing that info without the editing and commentary. Shame on CNN and HLN for failing their audience. Poor, poor poor. Major disappointment.

    July 5, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  11. joyce

    Because of her lies about her father guilty or not she has lost the support of her parents. She is sooooo guilty.

    July 5, 2011 at 6:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Laur Michelle

    Caylee, sweetheart, I am sorry to relay - your murder case is yet to be solved.
    We may never know what happened that day, but God knows the truth and who was involved.

    Nothing said or done on earth will matter when your murderer is standing before Holy God.
    Who ever it is, whether it comes out now or later, they will pay for their lies and erratic facade.

    Revenge is not what many of us seek, for God avenges, and it is not our job.
    We hope for justice, though right now it seems bleak, but one day that too will come.

    Rest in peace, little Caylee, love. We are glad you are safe, in Jesus’ arms.
    You are up living the good life up above, protected from danger, secure from all harm.

    Emotions catch me, and my thoughts are foggy, and I cannot find peace in all of this.
    And though many hearts crave vengeances anyway, I know that what we ask is amiss.

    You will be missed by many, sweet little Caylee – no one deserves what happened to you.
    People I am sure will think of your daily, and God will provide comfort, justice, and peace too…

    ~ Laur Michelle ~

    July 5, 2011 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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