A specially-trained police cadaver dog detected a dead body HAD been in Casey’s car and in the play area used by her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
Handler Jason Forgery told Casey Anthony‘s murder trial he was overwhelmed by the grisly smell and his dog Gerus was instantly attracted to it when they were called to check out the car on July 17, 2008.
“He’s taught to detect human composition, specifically cadavers,” Forgery told the court on June 7. He added that after circling the car just once Gerus “started indicating. I opened the door and he tried to get into the trunk from the back seat.”
“Gerus stuck his head in the trunk. At that point, I was also overwhelmed by the smell,” he described.
When they were called to check out the Anthony home in Florida, Gerus “gave a trained final alert by the play area. By the playhouse and sandbox.”
Casey’s defense countered that dried out trash and spilled cleaning products caused the foul smell. The 25-year-old’s defense attorney Jose Baez called a forensic chemist to testify that chloroform found in the back of Casey’s car COULD have been caused by cleaning fluids, and not her daughter’s decomposing body — as claimed by the prosecution.
Casey’s trial continues. She stands accused of murdering Caylee and faces a possible death sentence if convicted.
— Ian Garland
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