Casey Anthony Trial Updates
June 16, 2011 by USA Post
Casey Anthony Trial Updates, A former Detroit Metro medical examiner is expected to testify at the trial of Casey Anthony this week said Wednesday that the basis of his findings, Anthony might be innocent in the death of her 2-year-old daughter in 2008.
“The coroner and the police (in Orlando, Florida) determined that the cause of death was undetermined and the manner of death was a homicide,” said Dr. Werner Spitz of Grosse Pointe Shores The Detroit News.
“If you do not know why he died, how do you know it was a homicide?”
Spitz, 84, consulted with the police in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey and served on various committees to discuss the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He has worked as a medical examiner in Wayne County and Macomb County. You now have an office in St. Clair Shores and private perform autopsies, as well as consulting work.
Anthony defense attorneys will begin calling witnesses today in the trial that began May 24.
Two-year-old Caylee Anthony disappeared in June 2008, and police found her remains near the house of her mother in December 2008. Casey Anthony is being charged with first-degree murder and will face the death penalty if convicted.
Spitz flew to Orlando, shortly after Caylee’s body was found to perform an autopsy on behalf of the defense lawyers Jose Baez and Linda Kenney-Baden.
He said the medical examiner that first looked at the body never opened the skull, and therefore not made an exhaustive autopsy.
“The brain has never been examined. The skull had been opened. That’s really almost unheard of,” said Spitz.
“Even if the brain is broken there is a large amount of information available on the skull.”
Although Spitz did not discover the cause of death during his examination, said he could not think of “a dozen” other diagnoses than murder, including an accident, as claimed by the defense.
Spitz also said the tape that allegedly suffocated Caylee could have been placed in the body after death. Photographs showed tape around the mouth, even though the body had no skin or soft tissue remaining to adhere to the tape, said Spitz.
“At least now I can say that the manner of death, in my opinion, is not determinable, but more likely an accident as a homicide,” said Spitz.
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