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Judge adjourns Casey Anthony trial until Monday

The Casey Anthony trial is on hold until next week.
/ Source: The Associated Press

The Casey Anthony trial is on hold until next week.

Attorneys for the Florida mother charged with murdering her 2-year-old daughter were expected to continue calling witnesses on Saturday. But after meeting with lawyers from both sides in the morning, the judge announced that court would adjourn until Monday. He said a "legal matter" had come up.

Anthony's attorneys expect to wrap up their case by mid-week. Prosecutors will then need a day or two for rebuttal witnesses. That means jurors could start deliberations as early as a week from now.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and could face the death penalty if convicted of that charge. Her defense attorneys claim Caylee Anthony accidentally drowned in the family's swimming pool.

During testimony on Friday, defense lawyers showed jurors several photos that they hoped would bolster their argument that the toddler accidentally drowned and wasn't murdered.

From the witness stand, Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, testified that Caylee was able to open a sliding glass door that led to the backyard pool.

"Even at that point, she could even climb into the pool," Cindy Anthony said when shown a photo.

Cindy Anthony said she found the removable ladder in place against the pool on June 16, 2008, the last day Caylee was ever seen by her grandparents. She said she was so concerned that she called her husband, George Anthony, at work to inquire if he had left the ladder up.

Casey Anthony's brother, Lee Anthony, also took the stand Friday.

He started crying on the witness stand when he recalled how he didn't go to the hospital for his niece's birth. He said he was angry at his sister and mother for not directly confiding in him about Casey Anthony's pregnancy.

His testimony supported the defense's position that Casey Anthony came from a dysfunctional family. In opening arguments, defense attorney Jose Baez explained Casey Anthony's behavior of partying with friends in the days after her daughter went missing by claiming her father molested her when she was young.

Her father, George Anthony, has denied ever molesting his daughter, and the defense so far has provided no testimony supporting the molestation allegation.