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Closing argument set for Sunday in Casey Anthony trial

Casey Anthony watches as rebuttal testimony ends Friday  in Orlando. Her trial will resume Sunday, as both sides work today on final instructions for the jury.

Associated Press

Casey Anthony watches as rebuttal testimony ends Friday in Orlando. Her trial will resume Sunday, as both sides work today on final instructions for the jury.

ORLANDO — Closing arguments in the Casey Anthony murder trial are expected to take place Sunday, as both sides have today off to settle on final instructions for the jury, and prepare their closing arguments.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The prosecution contends she used duct tape to suffocate the toddler, while the defense says the girl accidentally drowned in her grandparents' above-ground swimming pool. She could get the death penalty.

Prosecutors called witnesses Friday to bolster their contention that the woman's mother, Cindy Anthony, couldn't have been home to perform Internet searches for a harmful chemical.

Testimony by two of Cindy Anthony's co-workers was intended to disprove her surprising assertion this week that she was the one who keyed in searches for the term "chloroform."

Gentiva Health Services' electronic records show that she was logged into her company's system for most of the day on both March 17 and March 21.

Using the latter date as an example, chief compliance officer John Camperlengo said the system wouldn't have recorded Anthony's presence if a person hadn't been using the computer.

"Someone human was pushing the enter button to enter data," he testified.

Cindy Anthony's supervisor at Gentiva, Deborah Polisano, also testified that electronic records show that Cindy Anthony worked 10 hours on March 17 and nine hours on March 21.

Earlier this week, Cindy Anthony testified that she had performed the Internet searches for "chloroform" while looking up information on chlorophyll, a green pigment found in plants. Chloroform, on the other hand, is a chemical that can be used as a sedative and is fatal to children in small doses.

Closing argument set for Sunday in Casey Anthony trial 07/02/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 2, 2011 12:19am]

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