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Anthony Prosecutor: No Real Evidence of Accident

Friday, 08 Jul 2011 05:43 AM

By Hiram Reisner

Florida Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton said Thursday there was just a “shred” of evidence that Caylee Anthony’s death was accidental and he did not find the defense’s argument in the Casey Anthony trial compelling.
“He [the judge] did allow them to argue the accident theory because of some very, very peripheral evidence about the pool and that kind of thing,” Ashton told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly.
“A shred — yes. A shred being that Caylee could open the door and climb the pool ladder if it was up. That’s the shred.”

A jury acquitted Caylee's mother, Casey, of charges that she killed the child, but jurors found her guilty of four counts of lying to investigators. Judge Belvin Perry sentenced her to one year on each of those counts Thursday, but she is to be released from jail July 17 because of credit she received for time already served.
O’Reilly noted that there was no real evidence that Caylee fell in the pool.
“I did not find it compelling but, you know, the jurors may have seen it differently,” Ashton said. “We felt, based upon the manner in which Caylee was found, the photographs of her remains — and most people haven’t seen that photograph, at least not in an unblurred way — we felt the way she was found with the duct tape over the skull was was very compelling evidence.

“And in fact, our medical examiner basically said there is no reason to put duct tape on a child, dead or alive,” he said.
O’Reilly asked for a description of the picture.

“Basically, it's a picture of Caylee's skull. It’s buried in sort of leaf debris up to about the area of the bottom of the nose,” Ashton said. “There is duct tape sort of right near that area. You know, obviously the face is decomposed so the duct tape is not directly on the skull, but basically around that portion of the face basically from here to the sides.”

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