An FBI forensics expert appeared to cast doubt today on evidence that the outline of a heart sticker was detected on duct tape found on the decomposing skull of 2-year-old Casey Anthony.
The heart stickers are a key piece of the prosecution’s case against Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of murdering her daughter Caylee in 2008.
The prosecution claims that the outline of a heart sticker was found on duct tape on Caylee’s skull and another heart sticker was found near her remains. The duct tape, they contend, was placed over Caylee’s mouth and nose. They argued that these stickers are similar to stickers found in Casey Anthony’s bedroom and link Casey Anthony to her daughter’s death.
Forensic expert Lorie Gottesman said that she was unable to find any trace of a heart shaped sticker on the duct tape found on Caylee’s skull.
“I was unable to see any sticker or sticker fragment with the naked eye…After trying all the different lights and different filters I was unable to detect any sticker or sticker fragment,” said Gottesman.
Earlier in the trial another FBI forensics expert, Elizabeth Fontaine, told the court, “During my examination… an outline of a heart appeared in one of the corners on the edge of that piece of duct tape… The outline of the heart resembled that glue or debris that if you had been wearing a band aid for an extended period of time.”
Fontaine examined the duct tape first, looking for latent prints. She found no prints on the tape and unexpectedly found the outline of the heart. Gottesman looked at the tape after Fontaine and was tasked specifically with looking for the heart shape Continue reading