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Casey Anthony jury deliberations underway

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Jurors have begun deliberations to decide if Casey Anthony committed murder. The judge in the case wrapped up his instructions to the jury Monday morning.

After listening to more than a month of testimony jurors must now decide if the 25-year old murdered her two year old daughter Caylee.

Monday morning they heard prosecutors present their rebuttal to the defense's closing statements.

"Our position is the facts in this case show without a reasonable doubt, that this was premedidated murder of a young child," said Prosecutor Jeff Ashton.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton first focused on the case's forensic evidence, trying to convince jurors that Anthony killed her daughter more than three years ago by covering her face with duct tape.

"That tape had to have been on that skull before she decomposed," said Prosecutor Jeff Ashton.
 

Defense attorneys have tried to inject doubt into the case by saying Caylee accidentally drowned in the family's pool and Casey Anthony's father helped her cover it up. And they say prosecutors are smearing Anthony's character by claiming she killed her daughter because she got in the way of her hard-partying lifestyle.

"The reason you don't have the evidence you want is because it's an un provable case," said Jose Baez, Defense Attorney. 

The jury must consider seven charges, including first degree murder, which carries a possible death sentence.

Anthony is also charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child, aggravated child abuse and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.

 

 

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