Casey Anthony Evidence: Is Murder Weapon Among Pictures?

Feb 16, 2010 6:23pm

ABC News' Lee Ferran reports: 

After prosecutors released several pictures of evidence in connection with the murder of toddler Caylee Anthony today, reports surfaced that the murder weapon could be featured among them.

Was it the syringe with traces of chloroform found near the child’s remains? Or the knife with a fiber still lodged in the teeth investigators say they found in mother Casey Anthony’s car?

Actually, the answer is most likely neither according to The Orlando Sentinel and local news affiliate WESH. Rather, a roll of duct tape has drawn much attention from prosecutors.

When the 2-year-old’s remains were discovered in December 2008, a strip of duct tape was pasted around the mouth of the small skull. A heart shaped sticker was attached to the strip. In December, assistant state attorney Jeff Ashton said prosecutors believe the little girl died with duct tape covering her nose and mouth.

Citing a unnamed sources close to the investigation, WESH Orlando reported today that prosecutors consider the duct tape a murder weapon.

Caylee Anthony, 2, disappeared in June 2008 but was not reported missing until a month later. In October, the little girl’s mother, Casey Anthony, was charged with her murder. The child’s remains were not found until December that year, less than a mile from the Anthony home. 

Anthony has pleaded not guilty and her defense team said no fingerprints were found on the duct tape, according to The Orlando Sentinel.

Click here to see the new evidence pictures at ABC News' Orlando affiliate, WFTV.

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