Prosecutors Finish Presenting Case in Casey Anthony Murder Trial

The prosecution has finished presenting its case in the murder trial of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Anthony's attorneys are expected to call their first witness Thursday after the judge denied a standard defense motion Wednesday asking for the case to be thrown out. The defense has claimed the toddler was not murdered, but drowned in her grandparents' pool.

"How was this child killed? Where was this child killed? Was this child killed at all? Or was it an accident?" Anthony's attorney, Cheney Mason, said Wednesday inside an Orlando courtroom as the defense argued for an acquittal, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Over several weeks of testimony, prosecutors have laid out their case that Caylee Anthony was suffocated with duct tape, though a medical examiner testified the cause of death was undetermined. Only the "manner of death" was ruled to be homicide.

If convicted, Casey Anthony faces the death penalty.

Prosecutors have built their mostly circumstantial case on 25-year-old Casey Anthony's conduct and the lies she told about her daughter's whereabouts.

They also have relied on forensics experts. They've talked about smells of human decomposition in Anthony's car, searches on her computer, including for chloroform several times, and duct tape found on the girl's skull. Caylee disappeared in the summer of 2008 and her mother did not report her being gone for a month. The child's skeletal remains were found about six months later near her grandparents' home.

The jury was dismissed Wednesday morning with strict orders not to discuss the case or watch newscasts during their hiatus. They will return Thursday morning.

Caylee was last seen in mid-June of 2008 and was reported missing on July 15. Her remains were found in December of that year in a wooded area near the Anthony home.

On Tuesday, a tattoo artist testified that Anthony had the words "Bella Vita," or "beautiful life" in Italian, etched on her back on July 2, 2008. She returned on July 15 and scheduled another appointment for a few days later.

The artist, Bobby Williams, told jurors that Anthony seemed happy and told him she planned to bring her daughter in during the next appointment.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report