Casey Anthony Murder Trial Halted by Caylee Anthony Paternity Question

The Casey Anthony murder trial ground to a sudden stop on Thursday after lead defense attorney Jose Baez questioned whether the defendent’s brother, Lee Anthony might be the father of her deceased 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.

Casey Anthony (ABC News)

FBI expert Heather Seubert was asked by the judge if she had done a paternity test to eliminate Lee Anthony as the father of Caylee Anthony. The prosecution protested the line of questioning and Judge Belvin Perry called a halt to the proceedings and dismissed the jury to go to lunch.

After the jury exited the court room, attorneys on both sides began arguing over whether the question of Caylee Anthony’s paternity was appropriate. FBI expert Heather Seubert reported to the judge that both Casey Anthony’s brother and her father, George Anthony, had been elimated the possible father of Caylee Anthony. So far, the father of Caylee Anthony remains a mystery.

Judge Perry warned Baez “not to ask questions that will lead to an inference… I’m not even going to venture a guess… as to your motivation.” When the jury returned, they were informed that Lee Anthony’s paternity test was negative, although they were not told that George Anthony’s was also negative. Most of the rest of the day’s testimony focused on details of the physical evidence found at the scene where Caylee Anthony’s body was found.

Anthony has been accused of murdering the 2-year-old toddler, hiding Caylee Anthony’s body in the trunk of her car and then dumping the body in a wooded area near her home.

Casey Anthony’s defense team argues that Caylee Anthony drowned by accident in the family pool. They claim that after the accidental death, Casey Anthony hid the child’s death as a way to ‘cope’ after suffering years of sexual abuse by her father and brother. George Anthony has repeatedly denied that his daughter suffered any kind of abuse at his or her brother’s hands.

Experts Testify About Caylee Anthony Remains in Casey Anthony Trial

Discovery Channel reality show star Dr. Jan Garavaglia testified at the Casey Anthony trial on Friday about Caylee Anthony‘s remains. Garavaglia, who stars in the Discovery show Dr. G: Medical Examiner, took the stand to detail how the bones found near Casey Anthony’s home were identified as Caylee Anthony’s remains and discuss the possible manner of her death.

Casey Anthony cries as experts testify about Caylee Anthony remains

“The cause of death was homicide of undetermined means, I believe we can reliably say it’s a homicide, but I don’t know the means for which that homicide occurred,” Garavaglia said.

Dr. Jan Garavaglia is the authority responsible for determining the cause of death in questionable cases in central Florida, including the city of Orlando. Garavaglia will return to the stand this afternoon to further discuss her conclusions about Caylee Anthony’s remains.

Casey Anthony began crying and shaking as anthropology professor John J. Schultz testified about the bones later identified as belonging to her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Schultz said the bones had been chewed on by animals. He said Caylee’s vertebrae were all found together, which he believes indicates the body was intact when it was placed in the woods near the Anthony’s home.

“We collected all but one tooth. We have most of the spine, many of the ribs, all of the long bones, the tiny bones, hand, feet, left foot and we did recover one bone of the right foot. The only reason we have one bone of the right foot is because we had carnivore activity on that part of the skeleton,” Schultz said.

Casey Anthony wept during the testimony with her attorney’s arm around her shoulders. Anthony turned away as photos were shown to the jury of the torn and dirty clothing Caylee Anthony was wearing when she died. Shultz estimated the body had been in the woods for as long as six months.

Duct tape covered the mouth of Caylee Anthony’s skull, Shultz testified, but he could not be sure it also covered her nose. Shultz said there was no evidence of trauma to the bones. Prosecutors have accused Casey Anthony of first-degree murder and argue that she used duct tape to suffocate her daughter so she could be “free” of responsibility for the child.

Outside the courthouse, one woman was taken away by ambulance after she was knocked to the ground by a crowd of people pushing to be one of the 50 spectators allowed to watch the Casey Anthony trial from inside the courtroom.

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Graphic Photos of Caylee Anthony Remains Shown at Casey Anthony Trial

Graphic photos of Caylee Anthony‘s remains were shown Thursday morning at Casey Anthony‘s trial for the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. Casey Anthony appeared to cry as photos of Caylee Anthony’s skull were displayed in the courtroom.

Casey Anthony mug shot

Judge Belvin Perry warned those at the trial about the graphic images of Caylee Anthony’s remains and urged anyone who might feel sick to leave the courtroom. Casey Anthony’s parents, George and Cindy, left before the photos were put up for display.

Orange County Sheriff’s crime scene investigator Jennifer Welch took the witness stand to testify about being called to the location where Caylee Anthony’s remains were found and detailed how she photographed the crime scene. Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Edward Turso testified about meeting with meter reader Roy Kronk, who originally reported finding Caylee’s remains, and taking his statement.

Defense attorney Jose Baez accused Roy Kronk in his opening statement of placing Caylee’s remains where they were found months before calling authorities to claim reward money. Kronk reportedly called the police to report finding a skull in the area several times in August, 2008 but nothing was found there at the time.

Orange County medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia said Caylee’s remains did not give any evidence on how the little girl died, only that they did not suffer any trauma.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to murdering Caylee Anthony. Although she originally claimed Caylee had gone missing after being left with a nanny, Anthony now claims Caylee drowned by accident in the family’s swimming pool.