Casey Anthony trial: FBI witness said no blood, DNA found in car, clothes
11:34 a.m. EDT, June 16, 2011
FBI examiner Heather Seubert is called as the second witness by Casey Anthony's defense team. Seubert explained her training and role with the FBI's lab in Quantico, Va. as an expert in serology, blood serum and other bodily fluids such as semen, saliva, etc. She now works in the firearm tool marks unit.
She was in the forensic DNA analysis unit at the FBI in 2008 when she examined evidence in the Casey Anthony case.
Seubert explained that mitochondrial DNA typically examined in bone, hair, and teeth. Nuclear DNA tests performed on tissue, and bodily fluids like blood and semen.
Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton objected when defense attorney Jose Baez started asking Seubert about what she received during her work in the case.
Seubert testified that she didn't find blood or DNA from samples pulled from Casey Anthony's car, particularly carpeting and spare tire covers, and the spare tire well.
She also found no blood markers in stains from various items of clothing collected from the Anthony home and from those belonging to Casey Anthony. Seubert explained DNA was found on the duct tape, but it belonged to a lab technician at Quantico.
All of the Anthony household's DNA was excluded from the sample.
CSI testimony Casey Anthony's defense team called Orange County Sheriff's Office crime scene investigator Gerardo Bloise to the stand. Bloise, a previous witness for the prosecution, explained how he examined the car Casey Anthony's former boyfriend Tony Lazzaro.
Baez asked him about the tools he used to search for blood, including cameras, specialized lights and other devices.
The investigator also inspected clothing from Casey Anthony's bedroom at her Hopespring Drive home in east Orange County.
He also checked the living room, garage, and vehicle. Bloise testified that he found a pair of Casey Anthony's pants during a search of her room in August 2008.
He understood she wore the pants on June 16, 2008, the day Caylee was last seen by her family members. They had no stains. However, during cross examination, Bloise said he had learned that the pants had been washed by Casey Anthony's mother Cindy Anthony.
State prosecutors rested their case Wednesday morning. In the last three weeks, they've called more than 30 witnesses and introduced hundreds of pieces of evidence. It's unknown if Casey Anthony will take the stand. Anthony, 25, is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie in the summer of 2008.
The toddler's remains were found in December of that year in woods near the family's east Orange County home.
During opening statements, defense attorney Jose Baez claimed Caylee drowned in the family pool, that Anthony's father helped dispose of the body, and that a meter reader found the remains but moved them to the woods.
The defense has made several motions for mistrial, all of which have been denied by Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry. On Wednesday, the defense also requested that Perry acquit Anthony.
The judge also denied that motion. Check back for updates.
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