By Amber Goodhand
Radar Staff Reporter
Testimony resumed Wednesday in the Casey Anthony murder trial, and once again, RadarOnline.com is live streaming the proceddings.
During Tuesday’s testimony, Casey’s defense attorney argued in an Orlando, Fl. courtroom on that crime scene evidence had been tampered with.
Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez, suggested that Orange County Sheriff’s Office CSI tech Geraldo Bloise dried out garbage found in the trunk of Anthony’s car, altering its state and creating a foul odor — an odor which Prosecutors contend was caused by a decomposing body.
“You had no idea it would alter significant items in this case?” Baez asked Bloise during the trial.
Bloise said he was simply following protocol and that drying out the 37 items found in the trunk would preserve them and make them easier to examine in the future. “If we don’t dry them out, they could grow moldy,” Bloise said.
The prosecution maintains that Casey killed her two-year-old daughter
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton had Oak Ridge National Laboratory researcher Dr. Arpad Vass called back to the stand. Vass testified on Monday, using a new method, that an air sample taken from Anthony’s trunk detected human decomposition.
Baez pounced on the opportunity to point out the error.
“No. We’re not a forensic lab, so we don’t handle evidence all that frequently,” Vass replied.
The defense then called Dr. Michael Rickenbach to the stand, who is a forensic chemist for the FBI, and got him to admit that the chloroform found in the trunk of Anthony’s car could have been from cleaning products, as opposed to Caylee’s decomposed body as the prosecution argues.
Casey Anthony stands accused of murdering Caylee, and then reporting her as kidnapped 31 days later. The young girl’s body was eventually recovered in a wooded area not far from her home.