Jurors in the Casey Anthony murder trial have found her Not Guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter.
Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The jury declined to convict her of either first degree murder or manslaughter.
The jury found Casey Anthony guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.
Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. She was also found not guilty of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter.
The jury of 7 women and 5 men worked through much of the long weekend, deliberating for 10 hours, 40 minutes and 33 seconds before reaching a verdict in the Casey Anthony trial, which included 33 days of testimony and two days of closing arguments.
Prosecutors argued that Anthony killed her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in June 2008 because the toddler interrupted her carefree partying and love life. The day before, defense attorneys maintained their argument that the girl’s death was an accident.
In the jury room, the panel has received more than 400 pieces of evidence presented by both sides since May during 33 days of testimony and two days of closing arguments. To review video evidence, jurors would return to the courtroom because they don’t have viewing equipment where they are deliberating.
The only piece of evidence jurors won’t receive is a can containing an air sample from the trunk of Anthony’s car. The state argued that the smell of human decomposition was present in trunk. But Judge Perry ruled last week the jurors won’t be able sniff it and will have to rely on conflicting witness testimony about what the smell might have been.
Casey Anthony, 25, has been found guilty of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement in the case of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, who was slain in 2008.
Clutching the hand of her defense attorney Jose Baez, Casey Anthony began to sob as the verdict was read. The rest of her defense team stood beside her, also clutching hands. She thanked Baez as she was swarmed by the defense team.
Her parents, Cindy and George Anthony, left the courtroom as Judge Belvin Perry read further intructions to the jury and did not join their daughter in the courtroom.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton, who had entered the courtroom to roaring applause, sat shaking his head after the verdict.
Outside the courtroom, spectators screamed “Lord!” as the learned of the not guilty ruling.
At the heart of the case was Casey Anthony’s fantastic lie that a babysitter named Zenaida, referred to in court as “Zanny the nanny,” had stolen Caylee Anthony.
Prosecutors claimed that Casey Anthony killed her daughter by drugging Caylee with chloroform and suffocating her with duct tape over her mouth and nose.
She killed Caylee, prosecutor Jeff Ashton claimed in his closing argument, because Casey Anthony had to choose between her child and “the life she wanted.”
“We submit to you the evidence in this case shows that the choice she made was her child,” Ashton said.
The prosecution was hampered in its case by the fact that Caylee’s body, found in a swamp six months after she disappeared, was so badly deteriorated that the medical examiner could not determine exactly how she died. Caylee’s cause of death was listed as a “homicide of undetermined means.”
Intent on proving duct tape could have killed the toddler, the defense showed the jury a controversial video that showed a smiling Caylee morphing into a skull with duct tape on it.
Prosecutors built a case of circumstantial evidence that documented how Casey Anthony moved in with her boyfriend Tony Lazzaro shortly after Caylee disappeared, partied at clubs, took part in a “hot body” contest, and got the phrase “bella vita” — or beautiful life — tattoed on her shoulder in the month after Caylee died and while her mother was pretending she was still alive.
As her lies unraveled, it became apparent that Casey Anthony had created a fictional world in which she made up a job at Universal Studios and a dozen people who were friends, co-workers, lovers, babysitters and even Caylee’s playmates.
Casey Anthony, 25, was charged with seven counts – first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to a law-enforcement officer in Caylee’s 2008 disappearance and death.