Day 18: The prosecution rests!

By Nikki Namdar
Special to Valencia Voice

The prosecution in the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony concluded their case on Tuesday, calling their final four witnesses to the stand.

Twenty five year old Casey Anthony is accused of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. The defense claims the child accidentally drowned. They are expected to start their case on Thursday.

Anthony’s mother, Cindy Anthony, was called to the stand once again to testify about the hair types in the Anthony family to confirm that the hair found in the vehicle’s trunk belonged to Caylee. Cindy said she usually dyes her hair, but her daughter didn’t regularly change her hair style until after she had Caylee.

Also on the list of witnesses was Alina Burroughs, a crime scene investigator for Orange County. Burroughs said when she searched the Anthony’s home for evidence, she found heart-shaped stickers that resembled the imprints found in the duct tape on Caylee’s remains.

The state’s last witness was Bobby Williams, a tattoo artist who has known Anthony for about seven years. Williams told Prosecutor Frank George that Anthony went into the tattoo shop on July 2, 2008 to make an appointment to get the words, ‘Bella Vita’, Italian for ‘beautiful life.’

Defense attorney Jose Baez argued in cross examination that people get tattoos in honor of loved ones who have passed.

Once Williams competed his testimony, Jeff Ashton, said the state rested their case.

Judge Jeanine Pirro from Fox News said the state did a good job trying to prove their case. “They did the best job they could with all the evidence they have,” she said.

Some have argued that because this is trial based only on circumstantial evidence, the death penalty should not be on the table, Pirro explained, adding that “most murders are circumstantial evidence.”

“There will be no smoking gun in child homicide,” she said.

Karin Moore, a former criminal attorney turned law professor, said she wants to see what the defense has in store.

“They defense made such strong allegations in their opening statements that the jury is going to want the defense to prove that.” Allegations, she said, such as the sexual abuse and George Anthony, the defendant’s father, being the one to put the duct tape over his granddaughter’s mouth.

“The defense practically assumed the burden of proof,” Moore said.

The defense is set to begin their case on Thursday at 9 a.m.