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Casey Anthony's Parents Back on the Stand in Murder Trial

8:54 AM, Jun 29, 2011   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The parents of Casey Anthony, who's accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, were back on the witness stand Wednesday in central Florida.

Her mother, Cindy Anthony, was the first witness called Wednesday in the murder trial of her daughter. Casey Anthony's attorneys said they have about six more witnesses to call, but it wasn't clear if the young woman would testify.

The defense attorneys have continued their strategy of painting the Anthony family as dysfunctional.

On Tuesday, the defense scrutinized the testimony of a meter reader who it argues moved the remains of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony so he could collect a reward for the discovery

The defense has continued to hammer away at forensics evidence at the heart of the prosecution's case against 25-year-old Casey Anthony. The prosecution says Caylee's remains were in the woods for some six months after she was killed when they were recovered in December 2008.

The defense was been trying to prove they could have been there for much less time to try to cast doubt on prosecution experts who said the body had been decomposing for several months.

Roy Kronk, the man who reported her remains to the police that December, testified for the defense that the August before, he noticed what he thought was a skull in the same area where Caylee's bones were eventually recovered near her grandparents' home where she sometimes lived. He says he called police three times and they came out to check but didn't find anything.

"I saw an object that looked a little odd to me," Kronk said. "I told them I saw an object that looked like a skull."

Defense attorney Cheney Mason asked Kronk if he touched the object or moved it when he saw it in August.

"I never was closer than 30 feet to that bag," Kronk said.

In December in the same area, Kronk acknowledged to briefly lifting the bagged remains "about four feet off the ground" because they were slightly obscured by some debris. He denied a suggestion by the defense that his motive in moving the remains was to collect a reward.

Mason asked Kronk if he shared what he'd seen in August with anyone else. Kronk said he mentioned it to a roommate, but nothing beyond that. Kronk also denied telling his son in November that he was going to be famous for finding the remains, saying he was "mistaken."

Nearly every member of the jury was taking notes while Kronk testified.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Caylee's death and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge.

The prosecution contends she used duct tape to suffocate the toddler. The defense says the girl drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool.

Associated Press

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