Casey Anthony defense calls investigator, expert as first witnesses
Casey Anthony and her attorney, Jose Baez, listen to testimony in her murder trial on Thursday.
June 16th, 2011
10:52 AM ET

Casey Anthony defense calls investigator, expert as first witnesses

Casey Anthony's defense began presenting its case Thursday in her capital murder trial, calling to the stand a crime scene investigator and an FBI forensic examiner.

Gerardo Bloise, crime scene investigator with the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff's Office, led off the defense witnesses. Bloise, who previously testified for the prosecution, discussed the execution of a search warrant at the Anthony home on August 6, 2008, and his duties, which were to examine the clothing in Casey Anthony's closet with an alternative light source for any stains.

Bloise testified no stains were found on the pants Anthony wore on June 16, 2008, the day her 2-year-old daughter Caylee was last seen. However, he acknowledged to prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick on cross-examination that Anthony's mother, Cindy, had told authorities she had washed the pants after that day.

Bloise also testified he examined a vehicle belonging to Anthony Lazzaro, Casey Anthony's then-boyfriend. He said he found a stain in the car's interior, but a presumptive test for blood was negative.

Asked by Burdick whether Lazzaro's car smelled like a dead body, Bloise said it did not. Defense attorney Jose Baez, on redirect, asked him whether Lazzaro's car had a bag of trash in it that had been there for weeks, and Bloise said no.

Prosecutors allege that Casey Anthony, 25, killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008 by using chloroform on her and putting duct tape over her nose and mouth. They allege she then put the little girl's body in black garbage bags and stored it in her trunk before dumping it in woods near her home.

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  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    It's hard to believe that anyone's behavior would be as sociopathic–called "antisocial" now, I suppose–as Casey's was regarding her daughter.
    If I heard that she was heavily addicted to alcohol and other drugs, I would understand it as drug-induced psychosis.
    On the other hand, it's hard for me to believe that anybody would commit Ted Bundy's crimes.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lilly

    Why is it so many people has come to the conclusion that Casey Anthony is guilty of killing her child? What if, this woman is not guilty of killing her child? Why would anyone want someone to be killed and don't know if the person is guilty? These people on these talk shows sound like terrorist or something. It sounds like they just have to hate and they are glad they have a reason to hate.

    June 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
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