The Casey Anthony trial resumed proceedings on Monday after the case was abruptly suspended on Saturday for what Chief Judge Belvin Perry called a “legal matter”. Casey Anthony’s defense team reportedly filed a motion to determine whether she was competent to stand trial for the murder of her daughter, Caylee Anthony.
Over the weekend, Casey Anthony was reportedly examined by three court appointed psychologists, Dr. Daniel Tressler, Dr. Harry McLaren and Dr. Ryan Hall, to determine her competency. According to Judge Belvin Perry, all three psychologists found Anthony competent enough to continue the trial. “Based on the reports that the court has reviewed, the court will find that the defendant is competent to proceed,” Perry announced before the start of Monday’s testimony.
Today marks the 29th day of testimony in the Casey Anthony trial. She is accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in 2008. Prosecutors allege that Casey Anthony suffocated her daughter with duct tape around her mouth and nose.
When Caylee initially disappeared, Casey Anthony claimed a non-existent nanny had abducted the child. Now Caylee Anthony’s defense team alleges the toddler accidentally drowned in the family pool and that Casey Anthony covered up the death because of emotional trauma she suffered due to abuse by her father and brother. Both men have denied ever abusing Casey Anthony.
Casey Anthony faces the death penalty if she is convicted of killing her daughter.