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Anthony doesn’t testify at murder trial

Associated Press / July 1, 2011

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ORLANDO - Casey Anthony did not take the stand in her murder trial as defense lawyers wrapped up their case yesterday without presenting concrete evidence that Anthony’s 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, accidentally drowned.

Her lawyers also did not produce any witnesses bolstering the assertion made in last month’s opening statements that Anthony had acted without apparent remorse in the weeks after her daughter’s death because she had been molested by her father as a child, resulting in emotional problems.

Instead, their 13-day case primarily focused on poking holes in the prosecution’s contention that Anthony killed Caylee in June 2008 by covering her mouth with duct tape. Prosecutors said the woman dumped Caylee’s body in the woods near her parents’ home and then resumed her life of partying and shopping.

The prosecutors’ case relied on circumstantial and forensic evidence, and it did have holes. They had no witnesses who saw the killing or saw Anthony with her daughter’s body. And there was no certain proof that the child suffocated.

Closing arguments could begin tomorrow.

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