WHEN WAS DANIELLE VAN DAM KILLED?
The time of the 7-year-old's death has become a crucial issue
in the capital murder trial of her neighbor, David Westerfield.
She was missing for 26 days before rescuers found her naked,
badly decomposed body along a roadside. Prosecutors claim
she was killed within the first couple days of her abduction
when Westerfield says he was alone on a camping trip.
But Westerfield's lawyers say the state of her remains indicates
the defendant was already under police surveillance when she
was killed and, therefore, he could not be the perpetrator.
The defense called a pair of forensic entomologists who said
bug evidence supported that theory. Prosecutors fought back
with their own time-of-death experts. Here's a summary of
the contradictory expert testimony.