No testimony, early recess for court

By Nikki Namdar
Special to Valencia Voice

No witnesses called to the stand for testimony and no jurors were seated in Saturday’s court proceeding in the State of Florida v. Casey Anthony trial.

Court entered into recess at 9:45 a.m., several hours earlier than expected. The attorneys were in and out of the judge’s chambers for a meeting, that sources say was sealed. The judge returned to his seat at the conclusion of the meeting and explained the court was in recess for legal issues related to Dr. Kenneth Furton, but “unrelated to the argument.”

Following court proceedings, just outside of the Orange County courthouse, attorneys did not comment. An angry Cheney Mason yelled to the media and spectators to “Get back. Somebody’s going to get hurt,” when he dropped his belongings in the stampede of people who were awaiting the attorneys’ exiting.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told reporters that he “can’t talk,” and was seen entering the state attorney’s office with lawyer for the defense, Dorothy Sims, and Furton, who was going into the office to give his deposition. Ashton stated that the deposition was in no relation to why court ended early, the only thing, he said, they could be “clear” about.

Court will be back in order at 8:30 a.m. on Monday. The defense expects to complete their case by Thursday.

Casey Anthony is on trial for the alleged murder of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony, who prosecutors argue died from duct tape to her nose and mouth, applied by her own mother, in 2008. If convicted, the defendant may have to face a death sentence.