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Caylee's skull and insect evidence discussed at Casey Anthony trial

Casey Anthony, left, appears in court with lawyer Dorothy Clay Sims on Saturday at the Orange County Courthouse.

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Casey Anthony, left, appears in court with lawyer Dorothy Clay Sims on Saturday at the Orange County Courthouse.

ORLANDO — Caylee Anthony's skull and most of the rest of her remains were 19 feet from the road when they were found, a crime scene investigator testified Saturday.

More than 50 investigators recovered more than 390 pieces of evidence during 10 days at the wooded scene where Caylee's remains were found, in the same residential neighborhood as the Anthony family home, said Jennifer Welch of the Orange County Sheriff's Office. Among the items recovered were pieces of trash and black trash bags.

The area was thick with vegetation, and investigators used a county-issued machete to clear some of the area so they could do their work, Welch said. Wearing blue gloves, she held up for the jury pieces of evidence recovered from the scene, including a piece of duct tape and pink lettering. The lettering was dirty and weathered and appeared to spell the word "package."

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Prosecutors have identified duct tape as Anthony's murder weapon. They contend she killed the toddler by covering her mouth and nose with it.

During earlier testimony on Saturday, Neal Haskell, an expert in forensic entomology, said Caylee's remains were in the trunk of Anthony's car for a few days before they were moved to the wooded area where they eventually were found. Evidence of insect activity at both locations supports the theory, he said.

Haskell testified that there were insects related to decomposition in the trunk of Anthony's vehicle.

Caylee was missing for seven months before her remains were found. Previous witnesses have testified on evidence of decomposition in the trunk of Anthony's car.

Caylee's skull and insect evidence discussed at Casey Anthony trial 06/11/11 [Last modified: Sunday, June 12, 2011 12:31am]

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