Insect expert reveals possible clues in Casey Anthony trial
Casey Anthony wipes away tears Friday while listening to testimony about the body of her daughter, Caylee.
June 11th, 2011
11:32 AM ET

Insect expert reveals possible clues in Casey Anthony trial

Tiny flies found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car fit the theory that the body of her 2-year-old daughter was stored there, maybe for three to five days, an insect expert testified Saturday in the Orlando woman's capital murder trial.

The flies found in the car suggest something began to decompose inside the trunk, but do not prove that the material was a human body, said Neal Haskell, a forensic entomologist from Saint Joseph's College in Rensselaer, Indiana. Such flies will feed on many things, he said.

Based on his analysis of temperatures and the reproductive habits of the small flies found on paper towels that another scientist found were soaked in fluid from decomposition, Haskell said it appeared that whatever attracted the flies had been in the car for three to five days.

Defense attorney Jose Baez, in his cross-examination of Haskell, tried to show that that flies could have been attracted by common garbage or leftover food.

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  1. Riff*Raff

    The garbage tested from the car did not contain any rotting food-just remnants from Velveeta foil-even after days in the FL sun in June there was no odor from the garbage based on CSI testimony. Paper towels soaked in decomposition fluid? This story just gets sicker and sicker. The accidental drowning theory has been decimated. At best, I can only assume that Casey concocted yet another story for her defense. Based on this evidence, that's the only way they came up with the accidental theory. Nothing else points to it. The scene wasn't staged- doesn't make sense(still waiting to hear that theory). Caylee drowning and George blaming Casey when the baby was in his care-doesn't make sense. A dead squirrel in the underpinning of the car long enough to decompose-still doesn't explain decomp in the trunk-doesn't make sense.Duct tape on the face-doesn't make sense. 911 never called and body discarded in a bag less than 1 mile from the home-doesn't make sense. Caylee found wearing the same clothes she was last seen in and not a bathing suit-doesn't make sense. Allowing people to dedicate time and money to searching for her daughter-doesn't make sense. Sitting in jail for 3 years taking the blame for her father in the accidental death of her own child- Makes about as much sense as being held down by your babysitter in a public park during daylight hours while her sister & children kidnap your child to teach you a lesson. I'm ready to hear the defense's argument. They have a lot of connections to make and holes to fill after the evidence presented this week.I think they created a huge burden for themselves by setting the bar so high in opening arguments. However, with each passing day and the more evidence presented, the scales are leaning toward conviction and a life sentence. If the prosecution can connect the heart sticker w/Casey using that land as a pet sematary when she was a child, then I think she'll be given the death penalty. I doubt they were able to obtain DNA from that sticker because the body was left in high water for several months-following a hurricane. Poor baby. If only her mother loved her enough to give custody to her parents, at least temporarily until she matured enough to raise a child. I was soo hoping this story was untrue and totally overblown by the media. Reality sux!!

    June 12, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  2. Phillipa

    Be sure, Jazzzzzzz. A behaviorist would be useless at her trial, unless said behaviorist was going to testify as to her behavior *before* the trial, which would have to be witnessed by said behaviorist.
    Observations as to her behavior *during* the trial cannot be introduced into evidence, as it really would not have any bearing on the crime she is on trial for.
    Of course, the jury can see all of her behavior, and draw their own conclusions, just as people watching the trial have.
    What are they going to do: have an expert interpret Casey's body language simultaneously as she's doing it? Much like a sign-language interpreter signs while words are being spoken?

    June 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ang2

      Jean Cazarus reported that Casey already been psych evaled otherwise she would not have been released on bond so she passed insanity testing.

      June 12, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This trial is a no brainer, Casey was the last person to see Caylee alive and due to that I expect a plea deal any day because the swamp is getting too deep for her.

    June 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Riff*Raff

    In Session is using an FBI profiler. She believes that Casey is a psychopath with no empathy for anyone but herself. She also specializes in body language, and again her evaluations don't favor Casey. Says Casey compartmentalizes the murder and is only crying when she is the one in jeopardy, not for her child. When Caylee became a hindrance to her budding new romance she became a liability to be removed from the equation. Giving custody to her parents was not an option, because her ego couldn't handle it.

    Another thing I found amazingly sad about this case..her parents just discontinued their use of a private investigator searching for Zanny the Nanny & Caylee just 6 weeks before the trial began! It took almost 3 years for them to face the truth. Cindy Anthony denied Casey's pregnancy well into the 7th month, stating that she isn't pregnant because she isn't having s/e/x and therefore cannot be pregnant. Apparently neither the pregnancy nor the father was ever discussed. To this day, her parents do not know the father of Caylee. It's all very strange. How does that topic of discussion never get brought up? I guess some people handle denial easier than the truth. This family seems to anyway.
    For better or for worse, this case has captured my attention...obviously, lol.

    June 12, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ang2

      I grew up with this kid 17 y/o who got this 14 year old pregnant WITH TWINS and she slept in the same bed with her mom and lived with the grandmother and it was denial for everyone up until she gave birth.

      June 13, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. Riff*Raff

    Twins? That had to be obvious on a 14 yr old frame. The women(parents) know they just don't want to acknowledge it and make it a reality. I had a 15yr old cousin who hid her pregnancy except from me. I was told (by our Grandmother) the baby's coming no matter what and there's no point discussing it. That's my experience anyway. Granted it's been 20 yrs since that happened. S/e/x wasnt as openly discussed as it is now. I still dont understand the fear of discussing life facts. Stuff happens and avoiding it isn't helping anything.

    June 13, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ang2

      Yeah she was a tiny girl and it was obvious to us neighborhood kids and we couldn't understand why her family said nothing. If anyone questioned her she said she was battling a thyroid problem but it was all in her tummy.
      The twins are in their 20s now but it is very interesting how parents can ignore the obvious when they just dont want to believe.

      June 13, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ang2

    B A M!

    June 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. terry

    i thought the jury was not supposed to be discussing this case till after they rested thats what i have heard the judge tell them each time the are excused

    June 14, 2011 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
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