Casey Anthony Breaks Down In Court During Hearing
Casey Anthony cried in a court hearing today during the prosecution's account of her daughter Caylee's death. Anthony is accused of murdering her 2 year old daughter, Caylee, by means of drugs and suffocation. The prosecutors contend that Anthony drugged Caylee to knock her unconscious, and then duct taped her mouth and nose to suffocate her.
Anthony was brought to tears when the prosecutor Jeff Ashton went through the details of Caylee's death. The exact cause of Caylee's death is unknown, although there were duct tape found on her body.
Anthony's defense team is fighting to remove the possibility of death penalty in her case. In Florida, death penalties are reserved for deaths that are ruled to be heinous, cruel or atrocious. Because the cause of death is unknown in Caylee's case, Anthony's defense argues that she does not deserve to be tried in a death penalty trial.
Anthony has pleased not guilty and her trial is expected to begin next year.
"Her killer would prepare some substance in advance that would render her physically unable to resist," Ashton said during the pretrial hearing. "If the killer looked at her face, maybe the killer saw her eyes ... First one piece (of tape), then two, then three so that no breath was possible."