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Doubts, unanswered questions in Casey Anthony case

by Adam Russett on May 9, 2011

It was three years ago when Casey Anthony's two-year-old daughter, Caylee, went missing, and the case has been in the national spotlight for almost as long, due to the mysterious circumstances surrounding the child's death. 

Police found her body less than a mile away from her Florida home after a six month search. Anthony claims that she had left her with a nanny, but police have said that this alibi is unconfirmed. Anthony also waited 31 days before reporting the crime, which has so far been documented as a "homicide by undetermined means."

In fact, her mother was the first person to talk to the police.

"There's something wrong, I found my daughter's car today, and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car," she told a 911 operator.

The problem is that, due to the level of publicity the case has received, it has been hard – if not impossible – to find a jury with people who have no preconceived notions about the case. Some are even speculating that Anthony will be given the death penalty, even though there is no evidence that she was in the field where Caylee's body was found.

Prosecutors believe that the case will be won by photographs of Anthony that were taken when her daughter was missing, which show the woman out at night and partying with friends. Others are less sure that these can play such a pivotal role.

We don't convict people on pictures. We don't convict people on 'she didn't act right' evidence," lawyer Kenny Baden told CBS News.

"Air sample" science, a new method of detecting odors and smells in order to gauge their age, will be allowed in the court room, according to The Orlando Sentinel. Scientists have said that they have found large traces of chlorofoam in Anthony's car.  

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