Casey Anthony Trial Update: Judge Belvin Perry calls for indefinite recess
(CBS/WKMG/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - Judge Belvin Perry called for an indefinite recess Friday morning in the Casey Anthony trial so the defense can depose state witnesses.
Perry issued a recess around 9:15 a.m. after hearing arguments from the defense over upcoming testimony in the state's rebuttal case, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.
Defense lead attorney Jose Baez said the state has not provided reports of what the witnesses, a forensic anthropologist and computer analysts, will say. Before the trial, Perry issued a court order saying that all experts had to write reports containing their opinions.
It's not known if the trial will resume Friday.
Perry told attorneys for the state and the defense that, if necessary, he will hold court into the night on Friday, through the 4th of July weekend and beyond, the station reports.
"These folks are ready to return to their homes," said Perry, referring to the jury, which was not seated during the aforementioned arguments.
The prosecution planned to continue its rebuttal case Friday to attack testimony offered by Casey Anthony's mother about computer searches she claims to have made months before her 2-year-old granddaughter, Caylee, first disappeared.
The rebuttal phase of the trial comes after Anthony's defense rested without calling her to testify about the death of her daughter Caylee.
On Thursday after the defense rested, the state called their first rebuttal witness, Alina Burroughs, Orange County Sheriff's Office crime scene investigator and entered George Anthony's suicide note that he left in January 2009 into evidence.
George Anthony testified on Wednesday that in his note he asked questions about what had happened to Caylee, whose remains were found one month prior.
The defense said in its opening statement that Caylee drowned and that George Anthony, a former police officer, helped cover up the death by making it look like a homicide and dumping the body near their home, where it was found by a meter reader six months later.
The prosecution contends that Casey Anthony killed Caylee in June 2008 by covering her mouth with duct tape and dumping her body in the woods near her parents' home, then resumed her life of partying and shopping.
Anthony, 25, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Caylee's death and could get the death penalty if convicted of that charge.
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