t was one of the most important pieces of evidence during her trial, specifically for the 'foul stench of death' that was said to be emanating from it.But now Casey Anthony’s white Pontiac Sunfire has been sent to a recycling yard and crushed rather than become a morbid collector's keepsake.The vehicle, which figured prominently during the accused mother's murder trial, was a key part of the prosecution's case against the 25-year-old.Several people - including her parents, forensic experts and the manager of the lot where the car was impounded - testified in front of a grand jury that the trunk of the car smelled like a dead body.WOFL-Channel 35 reported: 'We learned that George Anthony and his attorney dropped off Casey’s car at a junkyard. The recycling yard told us they were ordered not to sell anything off the car.'When Mr Anthony took the stand, he struggled to speak as he told the jury how he felt when he arrived with his wife Cindy to pick up his daughter's Pontiac Sunfire on July 15, 2008.He said he smelled a 'pretty strong odour' when he approached the car.
Smell of death: The white Pontiac Sunfire which became an integral part of the trial and key evidence for the prosecution'I was very concerned about the odour. I had smelled something like that some years prior and I was concerned,' he said.
The former policeman said he knew instinctively that it was the smell of a dead body. More...Casey Anthony's lawyer under investigation for 'hiding the ball' in probation case[/*]George and Cindy Anthony to break silence on Dr Phil, while Casey memoir 'will reveal identity of Caylee's father'[/*][/list]He said: 'That particular smell whenever you smell it, it's something that you never forget. It's a very distinct odour.'He said he expected to find the body of his granddaughter but all that was in the trunk was a bag of garbage and maggots.
Evidence: A strand of Caylee Anthony's hair was found in the trunk of the car along with chloroform and human decompositionHe said: 'It relieved me a little bit to know that I could not see anything in there as far as my daughter and granddaughter inside.'A forensic expert later testified that he found 'shockingly high' levels of chloroform in the trunk of the Pontiac and that the smell of human decomposition was 'extremely, overwhelmingly strong'.The manager of the Florida impound lot where the car was towed also testified early in the trial that he detected the 'very, very unique, distinctive smell' of human decomposition emanating from the vehicle.
Simon Birch said: 'The instant flash in my mind was, whew, I know what that smells like.'
He examined the car within four to five days of it being stored in the lot.
He said he worked several years for a garbage company and about 30 years in tow lots, where six or eight times he had smelled the odour of decomposing human remains in a vehicle.
Despite this evidence, Anthony was acquitted last month of first-degree murder in the death of her daughter, Caylee.
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