Scientific evidence debate continues in Casey Anthony hearings

By Jacqueline Fell and Adam Longo, Team Coverage
Last Updated: Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Casey Anthony's attorneys pointed to Caylee's swimming trunks as a reason for high chloroform levels in the trunk of Anthony's car.

On Wednesday morning, Judge Perry told the attorneys that they needed to get everything done by 5 p.m.

We're in the third week of hearings to see what scientific evidence comes in or stays out at Anthony's trial.

Even though it hasn't gone consecutive days, it could be a glimpse of what's to come at trial.

Dr. Barry Logan is the defense expert brought on board to refute air samples found in the trunk of Anthony's car that showed evidence of a dead body.

He also wrote in a report that a byproduct of chlorinated swimming pool water is chloroform.

Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton was quick to object, and even at one point referring to the defense's line of questioning as "theatrical."

It could have even been considered "historical" when defense lawyer Dorothy Clay Sims asked Logan about President Abraham Lincoln.

What Sims wanted to show was how long-standing, trusted scientific groups do not yet recognize the science involving odor and decomposition.

Ashton wanted to know from Logan if his own conclusions could be open to interpretation.

Anthony and even her mother Cindy appeared to take notes throughout the daylong hearing.

In the afternoon, both the state and the defense expert botanists testified via telephone, which were very short.

The state did not cross examine those witnesses, and the defense attorney said she cut out 75 percent of her questions to ensure it would all get done.

A status hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday morning, where they will also discuss the heart-shaped sticker, the stain in Anthony's trunk and other motions.

Judge Perry said he would rule on the Frye motions no later than end of business on Thursday, April 21.

Also Wednesday, in light of false filings by a Michigan inmate, from now on, a court clerk will not accept any filings unless it's from a member of the defense, the state prosecutor on the case or any of the other attorneys on record.