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article imageCasey Anthony trial – witnesses recalled

By Alexander Baron     Jun 7, 2011 in Crime
A report on the day's proceedings in the murder trial of young mother Casey Anthony which includes testimony from a cadaver dog handler.
Today saw two witnesses recalled to the stand as the State of Florida v Casey Marie Anthony continued both in an Orlando courtroom and on the WorldWideWeb.
First, CSI Gerardo Bloise of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and then Dr Arpad Vass of the Oak Ridge National Crime Laboratory returned to clarify some of their previous evidence. They were followed by FBI chemist Michael Rickenbach, who made an observation about the level of chloroform found in the white Pontiac Sunfire that appeared to contradict the evidence of Dr Vass yesterday, but this was nothing controversial; the two men were using different measuring criteria.
Then, Jason Forgey testified; the cadaver dog handler from Orange County Sheriff's Office spent some time relating his qualifications and that of his dog only for defence attorney Jose Baez to object to the admissibility of his evidence. This was another big mistake as Belvin Perry Junior, unarguably the sharpest judge in Florida, said the evidence would be admitted before reeling off a recent superior court decision in justification.
The court was then treated to a slide show of Officer Forgey training his dog to find cadavers.
Regardless of the merits of this testimony, it is difficult to see its relevance, because Caylee Anthony’s body was found in December 2008, six months after she was last seen alive. The identification was positive, and “Tot Mom” – or “Tot Mum” as we would say - has admitted to being a party to disposing of her daughter’s body, although she claims the two year old drowned by accident in the pool in the back garden of her own parents’ home.
Back in the courtroom, after the afternoon break, the jury were asked to view part of a film of a dog training exercise.
Following further testimony from the same officer, the Judge decided to end the session early rather than hear twenty minutes’ worth of evidence from the next witness, another dog handler. Before he dismissed the jury he told them that he had almost finalised the most difficult decision they will have to make in this trial – Italian or steak – an allusion to next week’s restaurant. The proceedings will resume at 9am tomorrow.
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