O'Reilly on Anthony Verdict: So Did a Martian Kill Caylee?

He flips over the outcome of the trial
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 8, 2011 8:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – Bill O’Reilly is shocked at the Casey Anthony verdict—and he wants everyone to know it. The anchor blasted a juror’s assertion that Caylee’s death could have been accidental. “There’s no evidence—none—that Caylee Anthony died from an accident,” unless, of course, “a Martian came down and put duct tape over Caylee’s mouth,” O’Reilly said. The accident theory was just that—a theory—put forward by the defense, he noted, and “juries have to operate on facts, not irresponsible, unproved theories.”

Later on O’Reilly’s show, prosecutor Jeff Ashton noted that there was a “shred” of evidence for the accident theory, Mediaite reports. “A shred that Caylee could have opened the door and climbed a ladder (into the pool) if it was there—that’s the shred,” he said. But Ashton did explain that "it wouldn’t be the burden on the defendant to prove that it was an accident. It would be the burden on the state to prove that it was not.” He also went into some pretty gruesome detail when describing what Caylee's skull looked like based on the photographs he saw.

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