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Trunk stain can be used against Anthony

ORLANDO, Fla., April 21 (UPI) -- Jurors may hear evidence about a stain in Casey Anthony's car trunk when she is tried for the murder of her daughter, a Florida judge ruled Thursday.

Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry delayed ruling on two other evidence questions, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Prosecutors want to use evidence about plant roots in the swampy woods where 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's skeletal remains were found and on air samples taken from the car trunk.

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The stain tested negative for blood, but forensic scientists found fatty acids that could have come from a decomposing body. Prosecutors hope to use evidence on chemicals found in the air samples as well, something that has never been used in a trial before.

A deposition by Anthony Lazzaro, Anthony's former boyfriend, was filed Wednesday. He said she told him her father physically abused her.

Lazzaro called Anthony "a great girlfriend and a great mom."

Caylee Anthony disappeared in 2008. When she first reported her missing, a month after she was last seen, Casey Anthony said a babysitter had vanished with the child.

The child's remains were found later that year near the house where mother and daughter lived with her parents.

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The trial is scheduled to begin in May.

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