The article below describes the viewing of the evidence by experts retained by Jose Baez in the case of the Casey Anthony. My wife Selma and me (Richard Eikelenboom) investigated the evidence for possible traces of DNA. Although the condition of most of the evidence was not good, it would have been possible to obtain DNA profiles from e.g. the duct tape which was placed on the body of Caylee and other items found at the crime scene. When the person who put the duct tape on the body of Caylee there is a big chance that quite a lot of DNA of this person sticks at the adhesive side of the tape. Samples could have been taken from the tape for touch DNA. We have had very good DNA results with duct tape. Unfortunately DA Ashton and the judge did not allow us to take samples. It was nice to work together with the other experts. I will come back at the problem of truth finding, which seemed difficult for the DA’s in this case……
By Holly Bristow, FOX 35 News
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – Casey Anthony’s defense team and five of their expert witnesses spent all day at the Orange County Sheriffs Office Tuesday and plan on doing do the same Wednesday.
Jose Baez and Cheney Mason aren’t saying what evidence their team of experts is looking at today, just that there is quite a bit. “I think its close to 100,” said attorney Cheney Mason.
Mason told FOX 35 the team would mainly be focusing on evidence that crime scene investigators collected after a meter reader found Caylee Anthony’s remains on December 11, 2008. “Are you guys actually going to be able to test stuff today, take samples or just look at it?” asked FOX 35.
For the first time we saw the husband and wife forensics team flown in from Holland. They rolled in equipment they’ll be using to examine the evidence.
Dr. Richard Eikelenboom is know for his advances in touch DNA, a science where a few skin cells can be used to identify a suspect. His wife, Dr. Selma Eikelenboom is a coroner and forensic expert. She was brief when we asked what they’d be focusing on today.
“Just to look at some evidence. That’s it,” said Dr. Selma Eikelenboom.
World famous Dr. Henry Lee has worked on dozens of high profile cases like OJ Simpson and Jean Benet Ramsey. His specialty, finding the tiniest of clues. “Yes well look at evidence first. The evidence we have to examine thoroughly,” said Dr. Lee on his way into the sheriffs office this morning.
Criminalist and hair banding expert Nicholas Petraco and forensic entomologist Dr. Timothy Huntington arrived after lunch. According to Dr. Huntington’s website he is one of only 15 experts in the world certified in the use of insects as evidence in legal investigations.
Anthony’s murder trial is set to begin on May 9, 2011. She remains jailed on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter Caylee who was last seen in June of 2008, but she was not reported missing until a month later. Her remains were found in woods near the family’s home on December 11, 2008. Investigators say the toddler’s body was found with duct tape over her mouth.