Judge Adjourns Casey Anthony Trial Until Monday

Saturday, 25 Jun 2011 10:26 AM

 

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Casey Anthony trial is on hold until next week.

Attorneys for the Florida mother charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter were expected to continue calling witnesses on Saturday. But after meeting with lawyers from both sides in the morning, Judge Belvin Perry announced that court would adjourn until Monday.

A "legal matter" had come up, Perry said.

Anthony's attorneys expect to wrap up their case by mid-week. Prosecutors will then need a day or two for rebuttal witnesses. That means jurors could start deliberations as early as a week from now.

On Friday, Anthony's brother, Lee, testified about stains found in the trunk of the woman's car.

Prosecutors claim the body of Casey Anthony's 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, was in the car trunk and then dumped near her Orlando home. They have argued that Anthony suffocated the girl.

Earlier Friday, attorneys for Casey Anthony showed the jury photos of Caylee climbing into the family's swimming pool.

The attorneys had hoped to boost their argument that the toddler accidentally drowned in the pool and wasn't murdered. The photos showed the toddler's grandmother, Cindy Anthony, supporting her from behind.

Cindy Anthony also testified that Caylee could open a sliding glass door that led to the pool in the family's backyard.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge.

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