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Anthony lawyers want death penalty out

Casey Anthony, pictured in an undated Orange County Sheriff's Office file photo, is the mother of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony. On October 14, 2008, a Florida grand jury indicted Anthony on charges of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, who has not been found. (UPI Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Office)
Casey Anthony, pictured in an undated Orange County Sheriff's Office file photo, is the mother of missing Florida toddler Caylee Anthony. On October 14, 2008, a Florida grand jury indicted Anthony on charges of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, who has not been found. (UPI Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Office) | License Photo

ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 11 (UPI) -- A Florida mother charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter cried Friday as a prosecutor suggested what the child might have endured in her last moments.

Casey Anthony is charged with the first-degree murder of Caylee Anthony, whose body was found in a swamp exactly a year ago.

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Orange County Circuit Judge Stan Strickland heard arguments on defense motions, including one to bar prosecutors from seeking a death sentence, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

Assistant State Attorney Jeff Ashton argued a jury should decide whether death is appropriate if Anthony is convicted. He said Caylee's mouth and nose were covered with duct tape so she must have been drugged or had her hands restrained to keep her from pulling it off.

"As the killer looked into her face, maybe her killer even saw her eyes as the tape was applied," Ashton said. "Could Caylee have understood what was happening to her? Did she try to resist? Could the killer see the fear in her eyes as the tape was applied? These are questions only the jurors will be able to answer in this case."

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Anthony wept at his words and her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, left the courtroom.

Strickland said he expects to rule next week on the motions.

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