The duct tape was "caught up" on one side of the hair mat, which was laying underneath the skull.<quoted text>
Duh, of course the duct tape would no longer be "across the face" or in the exact same place as it had been originally applied because the skin it would have originally attached to had dompletely decomposed.....but the duct tape was still attached to the hair.
Regardless if the duct tape was the actual cause of death or it was used to silence the child, it's obviously a critical element of the murder. As much as you'd like to believe the State is required to prove when and how a death occurred, you know you're only fooling yourself.
Where that duct tape was originally placed, and for what purpose, is pure speculation.
The duct tape is not "a critical element of the murder" (as far as the case against Casey) for two rather basic reasons:
1- Caylee's cause of death could not be determined, therefore your conclusion that she was "murdered" was never proven.
2- As the original placement of the duct tape could not be determined, the only "critical element" is the fact that the rare Henkel duct tape can be connected to George on at least 2 of the 3 times it appeared in the case, and ZERO times to Casey.
As Meatloaf sang: "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad".
As to this portion of your post :"As much as you'd like to believe the State is required to prove when and how a death occurred, you know you're only fooling yourself", I know the State is NOT LEGALLY REQUIRED to prove these issues, but I also know that they sure as hell had better at the very least, proffer something to indicate how and when.
Common sense, Rambler.......going by your interpretation of the law, any person can be charged with any offense at any time, which completely erodes the basic right of everyone to provide an alibi of their whereabouts at the time and place the alleged offense was committed.
AND, to be charged with any offense, the State sure as hell had better provide what the actual offense is that they are alleging.
We saw that truth to be self evident in the State of Florida vs Casey Marie Anthony. The jurors were tasked with determining if her child was murdered, which they could not as the State provided no credible evidence that a murder was committed, and even if they could prove it was murder, they could not prove by whom, when, where, and how.
If you go back and listen to LDB's opening statement, you will see this is fact.