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Judge rules on Anthony trial evidence

Judge rules on Anthony trial evidence
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. (UPI Photo/Orange County Sheriff's Office) | License Photo

ORLANDO, Calif., April 27 (UPI) -- A Florida judged ruled that testimony from an FBI hair expert will be allowed in the forthcoming murder trial of Casey Anthony.

The ruling was one of a number of calls made by Orange-Osceola County Judge Belvin Perry, most of which favored the prosecution, the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel said Wednesday.

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Perry said in a written order Tuesday that the FBI's Karen Korsberg Lowe would be allowed to tell the jury about "post mortem banding," which appears on the root of a human hair after death.

Perry also agreed to let the jury hear about heart-shaped residue found on a piece of duct tape that covered the mouth of Anthony's 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. The shape was similar to heart stickers found at the Anthony home.

The decisions helped set the stage for jury selection to begin May 6 in the sensational case. Anthony, 25, is charged with murdering Caylee in the summer of 2008 and claiming the youngster had been kidnapped by a nanny.

Anthony says she is innocent and failed to immediately notify police because she believed she could locate the little girl and her abductor on her own. Caylee's remains were found not far from her Orlando home in December 2008.

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