The jury in the Casey Anthony murder trial will continue it deliberations Tuesday, following the first day of deliberations Monday, a half-session in which the jury failed to reach a verdict.
Florida Circuit Court Judge Belivn Perry discharged the seven-woman, five-man jury at about 6 p.m. EDT Monday, advising them to have dinner, get some rest at the hotel where they are sequestered, and return by 8:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, USAToday.com reported Tuesday.
Casey Anthony, 25, has been charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, she faces a possible death sentence. She has pleaded not guilty. Anthony is also charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter, and four counts of lying to law enfocement officials.
The prosecution claims Casey Anthony suffocated her daughter, Caylee Anthony, with duct tape in June 2008, then stored the body in the trunk of a car. Casey Anthony didn't report the toddler was missing for 31 days. Caylee's skull had three pieces of duct-tape covering the mouth and nose area, The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday.
Conversely, the defense has concentrated on the prosecution's forensic evidence, including an FBI technician's testimony that duct tape found attached to Caylee Anthony's decomposed skull was contaminated during testing by another technician.
Earlier in the trial, attorneys defending Casey Anthony showed what they hope with be a compelling fact when jurors deliberate: the lawyers showed photos of 2-year-old Caylee climbing a ladder into the family's swimming pool.
Prosecutors have presented ample evidence that Casey Anthony lied repeatedly, and that she is a habitual partier, but whether they have proved beyond a reasonable doubt that she murdered her 2-year-old daughter Caylee remains an open question, The Washington Post reported.