A physical scientist and forensic examiner testified today that there was heart-shaped residue on the duct tape over the mouth of slain Caylee Anthony.
"It was approximately the size of a dime," Elizabeth Fontaine testified as the murder trial of Casey Anthony, Caylee's mother, continued this morning.
"If you wore a band aid for an extended time, then take it off, there would be glue residue and debris. That's what this looked like, but heart shaped."
The state, which says Caylee was murdered, plans to introduce evidence that similar heart-shaped stickers were found in Casey Anthony's home.
Some evidence at the trial has been enough to make Casey Anthony sick. But one thing was missing from the tape: fingerprints of the toddler's killer.
The FBI believes the fingerprints vanished when Caylee's body was outdoors in the months before she was found in the woods near her home.
"Fingerprints are fragile," Fontaine said. "It's not surprising there were none."In cross-examination, defense attorney Jose Baez criticized the sticker evidence.
"When you examined it a second time, it was gone," Baez said. "Is that correct?"
"It was no longer visible," said Fontaine, who noted that other FBI agents had tested the duct tape in the meantime while investigating the case.
The trial is entering its fourth week, and the prosecution says it will wrap up its case soon. Casey Anthony faces the death penalty if convicted.