Can Of Decomposed Human Odor Part Of Evidence
Crime scene evidence was introduced for the first time Friday afternoon in the Casey Anthony murder trial in Orlando, Florida.
Lead Crime Scene Investigator Gerardo Bloise, for the Orange County Sheriff's Office, identified sealed packages and boxes for the prosecutor. Among the boxes, one large box was opened containing a spare tire cover from Casey Anthony's car.
(Photo: Gerardo Bloise holding spare tire cover from Anthony car)
The state intends to use the contents of a hermetically sealed metal can, containing remnants of the spare tire cover to prove there was decomposing human remains in Casey Anthony's white 1998 Pontiac Sunfire.
How, and if the odor contained in the metal can will be shown, or smelled by the jury is still in question, as well as how it will be proved to be the smell of human decompostion.
CSI Investigator Bloise told the jury when he first opened the door of the Pontiac at the CSI crime lab facility, he smelled something decomposing, although on questioning by defense attorney Jose Baez, said the smell he encountered on opening the car could be from an animal as well as from a human.
Other samples collected by the CSI department included twelve hair samples, Caylee Anthony toys, and air freshener sheets placed in the car by the Anthonys after the car was retrieved from Johnson's Towing lot.
The evidence was collected by the investigators in July 2008 shortly after the Orange County Sheriff's department was notified of a missing child.