|Casey Anthony is charged with killing her daughter.|
ORLANDO - Jurors began deliberating yesterday in the Casey Anthony murder trial after hearing prosecutors argue the woman killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, because the toddler interrupted her carefree partying and love life.
The seven women and five men of the jury were chosen from the Tampa Bay area because of pretrial media coverage and have been sequestered in an Orlando hotel. They have listened to 33 days of testimony and another two days of closing arguments.
The jurors deliberated for six hours without reaching a verdict and adjourned for the day. They will resume today.
Anthony is charged with first-degree murder and six other charges. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could be sentenced to death or life in prison.
Prosecutors in their rebuttal closing argument earlier yesterday said the defense’s assertion that Caylee’s death was an accident made no sense.
Anthony’s lawyers say the girl drowned in the family’s pool. They have said Anthony panicked and that her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a homicide by placing duct tape over the child’s mouth and dumping the body in some nearby woods. George Anthony has denied that.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told the jurors no one makes an innocent accident look like murder.
“That’s absurd. Nothing has been presented to you to make that any less absurd,’’ Ashton said. He also reminded jurors about forensic evidence that he said links Anthony to her daughter’s death, including the smell and chemical signature of decomposition in her car.