Katie suggested we go off-topic for the holiday, with this current murder trial in Florida.
Simon Birch testifies he smelled decomposition in Casey Anthony's car.
May 28th, 2011 5:15 am ET - Sun-Sentinel
Orlando, Fla. - On Friday, tow yard manager Simon Birch testified before jurors at the Casey Anthony trial regarding the smell of decomposition coming from the trunk of Casey's car after her vehicle was towed to his impound lot.
Casey, 25, is charged with the first-degree murder of her toddler daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, in the summer of 2008. The prosecution argues she killed the girl and then placed the child's body in her trunk to eventually dump it in a wooded area near the Anthony family home. The defense's claim, however, is that Caylee died accidentally on June 16, 2008 by drowning in the family pool.
Prior to Birch's employment with the tow yard, he worked in waste management for many years, thus, he told the court he is very familiar with pungent odors. In addition, he testified he's had the unpleasant experience of actually smelling decomposition when he discovered a dead body in one of the vehicles towed to the lot. He noted the body had been in the car for several weeks and the odor emanating from the remains was something he would not soon forget.
“It's a very, very unique and distinctive smell,” Birch said of the smell of decomposition, which he's encountered several times during his career.
Casey's vehicle had been left in a parking lot and subsequently towed to Birch's establishment in mid-July. Her parents were contacted to retrieve the vehicle. On Friday, her father George Anthony also testified about the foul smell. “I did worry for my daughter and granddaughter,” he said when he noticed the odor. “ I didn't want to believe what I was smelling.” George said the stench was so strong, he could not drive the car home without rolling down the windows. Attorney Jose Baez pressed George as to why he didn't call authorities after picking up the vehicle – implying that George knew of Caylee's accidental death and didn't want to get authorities involved. “Looking back, sir, there's a lot of things I wish I would have done,” George told Baez.
It was not until later that day – 30 days after the last time Caylee had been seen alive by anyone other than Casey – that George's wife, Cindy Anthony, called 911 to report her granddaughter missing.
Several others testified Friday, including Mallory Parker, the fiance of Casey's brother, Lee Anthony. Parker became emotional on the stand, when speaking about Caylee saying the relationship between Casey and her daughter was “amazing.” She tearfully added, “Casey ant Caylee had a very special bond.” As Parker testified about the little girl, Casey appeared to cry as well. Casey's trial is expected to last about two months. If convicted of killing Caylee, Casey could be sentenced to death. Thanks Katie!