Wednesday, June 29, 2011

How maggots could help send Casey Anthony to death row


By GARY BAUMGARTEN
Maggots found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car, a forensic entomologist Dr. Neal Haskell testified on behalf of the prosecution, help determine the time of death of her daughter, Caylee Anthony. That is, if you believe it was Caylee’s body in the trunk of the car, as the prosecution wishes to convince the jury in her mother’s capitol murder trial.
Author and forensic entomology expert Tim Downs (timdowns.net), who studied under Haskell while researching his latest book in the Bug Man series, Nick of Time, says, the evidence is circumstantial, but significant. And, in an interview for News Talk Online on the Paltalk News Network, Downs says, the jury may be eating it up – thanks, in large part, to the public’s acceptance of forensic evidence because of the popular CSI television shows.
That being said, you only have to place reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors to avoid a conviction. Downs says the burden, in this case, even with the maggot-evidence – weighs heavily on the prosecution.

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