New docs say evidence destroyed in the Caylee Anthony Case
This, literally, makes me sick.
Remember the faint, hear-shaped sticker outline on the duct tape? A fingerprint examiner at the FBI lab reported that she saw the shape or outline of a heart on the duct tape that was attached to Caylee Anthony’s skull. Well, apparently it was destroyed during the testing at the FBI Lab, and NO ONE TOOK PHOTOGRAPHS!
The FBI lab report states that all traces of the heart shape on the duct tape were destroyed during a fingerprint-testing process and they failed to take photographs before the tests were done. That doesn’t mean that some other agency didn’t take photos before the tape was sent to the lab–but so far there has been no mention of any photos released with discovery.
This admission that potential evidence was destroyed is in a document that was turned over to the defense but was not yet released by the State Attorney’s Office. Page 9316 of the discovery was obtained by Local 6 News before the official release. It’s a handwritten FBI Lab Log page dated December 13, 2008. In it, FBI Lab Request Coordinator, Erin Martin, makes notes of conversations between FBI agents in the field and the lab in Quantico, Va. It describes how Elizabeth K. Fontaine, a forensic examiner in the lab’s latent print operations unit, noticed a
“heart shape/outline on the duct tape,” but was “unable to see it after powder process.” Martin then adds, “No photo image.”
Two days later, on December 15, 2008, a call is logged in by Martin from an FBI evidence response team agent working in Orlando.
“Agent wanted to know if TEU (the lab’s trace evidence unit) saw anything on tape.”
TEU response: “No, didn’t see any heart-shaped item.”
She then checks again with the latent print unit and writes
“Shape/outline was … near end on non-adh(esive) side.”
And that’s the last mention of the heart shape in the five-page FBI communication log, which ends on Dec. 22, 2008.
Even without the photo, prosecutors could still seek to introduce testimony at trial about the shape or outline of a heart on the duct tape. They could put Elizabeth Fontaine on the stand. My question is, without the photos, will her testimony be enough? Did anyone else see the heart shaped outline on the duct tape?
Here’s the link to the FBI document:
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