Prosecutors and Defense attorneys in the Casey Anthony trial get their last chance to present their cases to the jury, as closing arguments are delivered in the first-degree murder case.
Prosecutors took to the floor first, followed by the Defense.
FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports from Orlando...
Hear more from Defense Attorney Jose Baez HERE:
What exactly did the Prosecution argue in their closing statement?
FOX News Radio's Eben Brown with more details from Orlando...
Hear more from Prosecutor Jeff Ashton HERE:
The jury won't be getting the case to being deliberating until Monday after a delay because of some controversial behavior by the leading representatives for both sides.
FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports from outside the courthouse in Orlando...
FOX Producer Kathleen Reuschle is in the courtroom and has this summary of the day's session:
If jurors were confused and had questions about the case put on for Casey Anthony, today was their last chance to get a candid explanation of what happened to her 2-and-a-half year old daughter in June 2008. After weeks of lengthy sidebars and witnesses taking the stand out of rotation, disjointed forensics displays, as well as the impeachment of several key witnesses, jurors finally heard the evidence sorted out in each side's version of events. Prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton told a chronological story of how Casey's young-single-mom dilemma came to a head with tragic consequences. Defense Attorney Jose Baez followed with an impassioned plea imploring the jury to refrain from convicting his client based on emotion and to recognize untrustworthy evidence and unproven theories in the state's case.
Prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton spoke for 77 minutes - he began by playing a video of Casey and her daughter Caylee in a loving moment. Casey could be seen smiling as the video played.
Ashton proceeded to tell the story of a very smart, nimble-minded woman who was faced with a "clash of expectations" between her responsibilities as a new mother and the freedom she longed for as a 22-year-old. He said her solution to the new responsibilities was to lie - with impressive ability. He explained that Casey concocted a fictional Nanny to hide from her mother that she was really sleeping over her boyfriend's with Caylee. When the relationship ended, Casey's lies were becoming more and more ineffective and Ashton submitted the clock on Casey's lies were ticking, and would work only so long as Caylee could't talk. "She's starting to become verbal....she doesn't know enough to lie...at some point caylee is going to say something.....it just can't keep going," he said.
Ashton then went on to detail, as Casey shook her head "No" at the defense table, that she chose to sacrifice her child, because her mother Cindy would never permit her to walk away from her daughter. He said she had a long-term plan to hide the murder - first by holding off her parents until Caylee's birthday - and then hopefully fleeing to Jacksonville or possibly elope to Europe so her parents would never know. Ashton said the whole charade would have succeeded had it not be for the Anthonys getting Casey's Pontiac back from a tow-yard on July 15 - "when all hell breaks loose." The second straw, he said was when the body was found with items from the Anthony home - destroying Casey's theory of a kidnapping. He brought up the duct tape and how unfortunate it was that the same tape used to kill Caylee was the kind used to implore people to look for her.
Ashton told the jury the defense was asking them to suspend their common sense and was taking them down a "rabbit hole" of scenarios where a grandfather who even buries his pets elaborately would be capable of crudely throwing his dead granddaughter into a swamp. Ashton said George Anthony was a doting grandfather who showed his pain and anguish on the stand.
When it came to the issue of the odor in the car, Ashton said the prosecution had "exploded the myth" of the garbage being the source of the odor in the trunk.
Ultimately, he relied on the argument medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia made when she said duct tape has no business being on a child's face dead or alive. Ashton took it a step further by zeroing in on the 3 pieces of duct tape were used: "what does 3 do that 1 does not? why do you need 3? You need 3 because the purpose is not to silence the child - your purpose is to make sure the child cannot breathe...you have to have 3 - 1, 2, 3 ..over the nose.. over the mouth.. then the child dies..."
Jose Baez began by saying jurors probably had more questions than they had answers and explained to the jury the law - which gave him only "this moment, this opportunity" to guide them through the evidence. He separated his presentation into 3 sections: his worst fear, analyzing the gaps in the state's case and finishing with the defense's theory. Baez told jurors the prosecution was improperly appealing to their emotions and hoping juror reactions would fill in gaps in the evidence. He said the State spent two weeks on "irrelevant evidence hoping make them angry and paint his client as a "slut."
He continued his presentation working to convince the jury of a "desperate" prosecution who allowed a case to "get out of control" because of it's high-profile nature. He said a "checkbook prosecution" paid thousands for expert testimony yet were forced to fill in gaps with "fantasy forensics" including "phantom stickers" and "phantom stains". He reminded jurors that the only member of the Anthony family whose testimony wasn't impeached was Lee Anthony.
Baez admitted Casey Anthony had issues and said that when you enter her world of "imaginary friends" and her dysfunctional family, a cover-up begins to make sense - as do the unhealthy coping mechanisms and lies. He repeated that "something is not right" with Casey - but instead of police acting properly and realizing there was some issues with her that amounted to more than just lying to cover up a crime - they proceeded with blinders on, refusing to investigate the possibility of an accident because there is nothing "sexy" or "interesting" about a drowning. He referred to a scientist (Dr. Arpad Vass) who was willing to take a leap of faith with the evidence because it meant money in his pocket -and a medical examiner (Dr. Jan Garavaglia) who came in and took over the case because of her relationship with the police and the media. He said if Caylee did suffocate, her skull would have had a discoloration behind the ears and it did not.
He then turned to the subject of George Anthony. He said he spent quite a lot of time in this case focusing on the issue of the gas cans and duct tape - and asked, "Who the world reports gas cans missing?" He said George had plenty of opportunity to tell the truth about these items, but instead he took the stand and said he didn't know where the duct tape came from. He explained George lies when it's convenient for him. He said "George cares about George" and submitted to the jury Casey's father's display of emotion in the courtroom was not genuine and his suicide note was a "self-preservation" document. Baez said the man had no paternal instincts and instead of gladly falling on a sword for her, he testified against his daughter. He said the man not only didn't care about Casey, but he neglected his wife, Cindy as well. ..Consoling and texting a mistress with a make-believe tumor instead of his grieving family. He reminded the jury it was odd that George knew Casey's car was out of gas, and had been left at the Amscot for 3 days though no one told him - and especially odd that despite smelling human decomposition in the trunk he neglected to call police.
Baez told the jury the state failed to prove their case - he reminded them there should be no mystery, speculations or questions. He said Caylee's death wasn't premeditated - and there was no evidence that she wasn't loved and well -taken care of.. however - "something changed," Baez said. "Something from one moment to the next" changed Casey Anthony's life forever" - that wasn't deliberate.
Baez told the jury that how Caylee died was a common accident - but what made it unique - was not what happened - but "who it happened to".
He said Caylee loved to swim - and the defense was fortunate enough to have a rare item - a photo of Caylee reaching the sliding glass door and going step-by-step in the pool. " This is what she loved to do," he said. "This is what she wanted to do all the time - these photographs that tell the truth - these are documented in time." He reminded the jury that while Cindy Anthony denied leaving the pool ladder down that day - he had the state to thank for proving her word unreliable.
He admitted Casey acted inappropriately in ways that he was not proud of. He said she should have called police. But, he said the state does not have the right to overcharge and inflame the case "just because everyone wants to know.."
He called the state's motive "nonsense" saying "that's what you do when you want freedom? You kill somebody?"
The conviction in Baez's voice grew as he revealed his frustration that his client's case was investigated by a state attorney's office only interested in winning, rather than finding out the truth. He said a citizen deserved better in a matter so serious.
"It's not the commonality of the tragedy - it is who it happened to - these people are different - this girl is different - this is the only rational explanation for all of it..... Baez said.
Emotions ran high during Baez's presentation.. and coming back from a recess he asked the judge to reprimand Prosecutor Jeffrey Ashton for making facial expressions in front of the jury... However later at the height of his statement he caught Ashton smirking out of the corner of his eye and called him out in front of the courtroom. Attorneys approached the bench and were reprimanded by the Judge who announced both lawyers were at fault for violating a court order on proper decorum strictly prohibited facial expressions and gestures. Judge Perry said orders appeared to amount to a "hill of beans" to the unprofessionally behaved men and warned them both they would be taken out if it continued.
Jurors paid close attention throughout the presentations shifting glances from Casey to each respective attorney.
Casey was emotional throughout the day and her assistant attorney Dorothy Sims was seen consoling her during the recesses - concealing her with her body from the cameras and handing her tissues.
With more than a month's worth of testimony in the case, it's easy to get lost in what the sides say exactly happened.
FOX News Radio's Jessica Stone recaps the case from Orlando...
Meanwhile, in Orange County, a memorial has sprouted up as many take the time to remember the toddler Casey Anthony is accused of killing, her daughter Caylee.
FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports...