Impressive forensics

An FBI expert testified today that the hair found in Casey Anthony’s car trunk was from a dead person, not a live person:

Karen Korsberg Lowe told jurors that the 9-inch light brown strand of hair she examined showed post mortem root banding, meaning it came from a deceased body, not a live one.

“It has a darkened band at the root portion of the hair … this is consistent with apparent decomposition,” said Lowe, who has worked at the FBI for 15 years.

I didn’t know they could do that.

Casey Anthony’s murder trial begins

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: for purely selfish reasons, I’m very glad Caylee’s body turned up when it did. If it had been very much longer, I would have had to add her to Charley, and that would have taken up a whole day to research and write.

And now, as Casey’s murder trial commences, the defense and prosecution are, of course, presenting vastly different stories: the prosecution says Casey killed Caylee by duct-taping her mouth and nose shut, and the defense says Caylee drowned accidentally in a pool and Casey and her family panicked and decided to hide the body instead of calling the rescue squad.

A meter reader discovered Caylee’s remains, some as small as a pebble, in a wooded area in December 2008 about a half-mile from where the child lived. Her skull was covered with duct tape that had residue from a heart-shaped sticker on it. […]

[Defense attorney] Baez also blamed the police department for botching the investigation, alleging detectives wanted to feed a media frenzy about a mother killing her child instead of investigating a mundane drowning.

Police “had murder on their minds. This couldn’t be an accident,” Baez said. “You’ll find that professional police work took a backseat in this case.”

Of course, it couldn’t be an accident! Why would the police have anything BUT murder on their minds when they find a toddler’s skeletal remains, long after her death, with the skull covered in duct tape?

I highly doubt this defense is going to get very far. It reminds me of the Valiree Jackson case from 1999. Her father admitted he buried her body and reported her missing, but said she died accidentally of a prescription drug interaction/overdose and he found her the next morning and freaked. He was convicted of course and sentenced to 56 years in prison. (He’s also a suspect in the 1992 disappearance of Valiree’s mother, Roseann Stone Pleasant.)

Loving parents who did not harm their children do not act this way if their child accidentally dies. Casey Anthony has a lot to answer for.