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Casey Anthony Acquitted Of Murder

Casey Anthony Acquitted Of Murder

Associated Press

July 05, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Casey Anthony escaped the death penalty after she was today cleared of the brutal murder of her two-year-old daughter Caylee.

The 25-year-old mother was found not guilty of drugging her young daughter, suffocating her and dumping her body in overgrown woodland after a sensational six-week trial, which has seen a family torn about by accusations of rape and incest.

The jury – five men and seven women – read out their guilty verdict in court in Orlando, Florida.

The trial of the young mother accused of killing her own daughter before dumping her body in woods close to her house has captivated the country, producing some of the most sensational scenes inside and outside U.S. courts hearings in recent decades.

Fights broke outside the court room as people queued to watch the case and a court house spectator was jailed for six days for contempt of court after he gestured at the prosecution.

As tension built in the courtroom, both attorneys were threatened with being kicked off the case by the judge and proceedings were stopped after the defence claimed that Anthony was not mentally competent to continue.

The Florida mother was accused of brutally murdering her two-year-old daughter, drugging her with chloroform before suffocating the innocent child by sealing her mouth and nose with duct tape.

She then spun an astonishingly complex web of lies to cover her tracks as she partied for a month, celebrating freedom from the burden of parenthood, before she eventually reported her daughter missing.

But some of the most dramatic scenes have come from watching her family torn apart as they accuse each other of rape, incest, adultery and murder.

Anthony was contesting seven charges including first-degree murder. The not guilty verdict means that even if she will not face the death penalty

She was also charged with aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. The child abuse and manslaughter charges each carry a 30-year prison term.

The prosecution argued that Anthony used chloroform to knock out her daughter and then put three pieces of duct tape over her nose and mouth, suffocating the toddler.

They claimed that Anthony drove around for several days with Caylee’s body in her car trunk and then dumped the remains in woods near the Anthony family home.

Caylee was last seen on June 16 2008 when Anthony left the family home with her daughter, but it was not until a month later that police were notified that she was missing.

Evidence during the six weeks of testimony showed that Anthony lied to friends and family for a month about Caylee’s whereabouts while she spent time hanging out with her boyfriend, dancing at nightclubs, shopping and getting tattoos.

The single mother told her parents a complex series of lies for why they could they could not see Caylee, including that the girl was with a nanny named Zanny, that she and her daughter were spending time in Jacksonville with a rich boyfriend and that Zanny had been hospitalised after an out-of –town accident and they were spending time with her.

Finally on July 15 after hearing her daughter’s car had been towed, Cindy Anthony confronted Anthony and called 911 to report her daughter missing.

In in a distressed call she told the operator that her granddaughter had been missing for a month and that she had found her daughter’s car that days and ‘it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.’

When Anthony got on the phone, she claimed that her nanny, Zenairda Fernandez-Gonazalez, who was later shown not to exist, had taken Caylee.

She said that she had not reported her missing sooner because she was trying to find her herself, which she admitted was ‘stupid’.

The kidnap claim triggered a national search for the toddler and on October 14 2008 Anthony was indicted for murder.

Then on December 11 2008 the search for Caylee ended when her skeletal remains were found in woods with duct tape hanging for her skull.

But the most shocking revelations came on the first day of her murder trial on May 5, when in the defence’s opening statement, lawyer Jose Baez dropped a bombshell, claiming that Caylee was never missing, but had accidentally drowned in the Anthony’s pool on June 16.

He accused George Anthony of sexually abusing his daughter as a child, and suggested the dysfunctional relationship explained Anthony’s behaviour after Caylee’s death, which he acknowledged as ‘bizarre’ and ‘inappropriate’.

He said that Mr Anthony has a role in disposing the body and bullied his daughter, who he had abused from aged eight, into keeping it all secret. A claim Mr Anthony denies.

The judge ruled that no evidence of sexual abuse was presented and prohibited both sides from mentioning the issue in their closing arguments, but Mr Baez maintained that the family was dysfunctional.

Throughout the trial, the public has become fascinated by every move of Anthony as they try to decide could this woman have killed her own two-year-old daughter.

But on day 32 of the trial, as the defence team rested its case, Anthony herself told the judge that she would not be taking to the witness stand.

  • Garden_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Casey Anthony is guilty, and she should pay and one day she will. That child did not kill her self, she was murdered. Justice really are blind.

  • Img_0048_max50


    about 3 years ago


    a couple of seems to me that the jury was in a rush to go home for the holiday..when a decision comes in that fast that means there is no doubt as to what happened and pretty clear cut...this jury did not give itself time to digest and really try to answer and think about many questions...why did she wait soo long to report her daughter missing..her behaviour after....the evidence of there being a dead body having been in her car..and so on..and so on..
    you don't always have to have all of the evidence to make a reasonable conclusion...convictions are made even in cases with no body found, no murder weapon found, no witnesses this case you had plenty of circumstancual evidence, along with her remains..certainly enough to " connect the dots "..
    even if she didn't commit 1rst degree murder..i betcha she at least commited manslaughter..or something like negligence that caused the death of her can't even say her name now) left her daughter home or something while out partying and then something happened to her..she realizes that she f#$% up and dumps the body then waits to try and figure out how to try and cover it up...
    anyway to slice it she is criminally GUILTY of something....and this jury was able to ponder ALL OF THIS and render a verdict that fast.....WOW..better yet...HOW SAD.....

  • 30433_124897267529213_100000268222396_246716_2022953_s_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I just pray for healed emotions of Casey Anthony that will allow an emotional creature with a child to do something like this. God truly judges the heart. Thank God for the judicial system in America. It is time for us to begin to deal with these relationships and these mothers who are more emotional than the man in the fact that they birth a baby out they will not easily hurt the baby unless they are emotional tied, sick, nervous breakdown, abused, incest baby by a Father or brother, etc.. I just pray this incident bring people together that they will not judge and just pray for people.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    about 3 years ago


    The next thing you know she will be getting offers from Hollywood to make a movie about her life. Society as a whole needs to open its eyes and realize what is going on.

    My prayers go out to Caylee may she not have suffered and I know she is with God in a better place.

  • Larry_apache_dist_13_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I think that the District Attorney didn't have the evidence to prove 1st degree murder and it's like most District/County Attorney's they pile on the charges hoping to get a plea bargain , instead they screw the case up. I think if they had went with the obvious case of manslaughter, child abuse or endangerment the jury would have found her guilty. They didn't have a case of premeditated murder, even if she was out acting like a slut!! It is obvious that the mother was parting all night not watching her child in the day or took her child with her to party leaving her in the car to die. Eventually the truth will come out and she is not going to get the mother of the year award and her child pays with her life. I do think the jury could have found her guilty for the manslaughter, but instead they found her guilty for 4 counts of false information to a police officer. Which in its self should have found her responsible or negligent in the death of her daughter. But she was tried by a jury of her peers as you can tell by their verdict.

  • Usmc_rifle_team_match_max50


    about 3 years ago


    Interesting observation klcardwell even though I disagree with your theory. Guilt is based on the totality of the evidence. Although it’s true that the only eye witness may be dead but the evidence can and should be able to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. That is the true valid and tested theory of law.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    I am sickened to know that this obvious child killer is going to be released from prison. Even a life sentence would have been too good for a woman who went partying for 30 days before acknowledging her child was missing. The jurors must be imbeciles! I agree with other professionals who state the case was made even though there was a lack of concrete, physical evidence. We deal in intangibles all the time in our lives, and we need to come up with a better process in the justice system that will allow jurors to convict a evidently guilty party of more than lying. It would seem the jurors held some kind of pretension(false idea) in their brain that they would be guilty of a heinous act if they actually had convicted Casey Anderson of manslaughter or even child abuse . Does anyone agree there might be something slightly wrong with the jurors' verdict?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago

    Unfortunately, we never get the perfect crime scenes or cases. The police, forensic technicians, analysts and prosecution did an outstanding, thorough job. Kudos! There were no mistakes made that the defense could reasonably attack. Guilty people often go free because of a lack of physical evidence. Evidence deteriorates and that's just what you have to deal with. The prosecutors worked with what they had. Sure, I am absolutely convinced that she took part in the murder and concealment of evidence, either directly or indirectly, but the jury wanted irrefutable physical evidence that just did not exist. They made the decision to acquit based on what they believed they needed as evidence. It is what it is. No one can tell us exactly what happened to that poor baby girl, but God knows.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    i agree on teamsuzukigsxr & i belive when she get out of prison she is going to california sow to does mom & dad protected u r child of this monster child killer on u r street.

  • Police-dog-5_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I have two children of my own, with my wife. There is no way that a normal parent could do this, no matter what they went threw.
    With her lies, waiting a month to call it in, running around with her boyfriend, parting and get tattoo's while here daughter is dead/past on. That's more like nonhuman.
    The judge should have sent straight to a surgeon and had her uterus removed then sent to prison for many years. Also left every female in the prison know what she has done.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    I agree, the only evidence I would need as a juror is the fact she lied numerous times and she didn't report her daughter missing until a month later. It may not be physical evidence, but its definitely an important factor in this case. She either did it or she knows who did. Since she doesn't want to cooperate then she should have paid for the crime regardless.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    From what I understood it should have been a SLAM DUNK she lied on several occasions an waited 30 days ? / I cannot claim I read the article, following the media reports was all I could Stomach

  • 138f8481-ffcf-4a8d-a670-1d1606d5df00_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I read the entire 10 pages of comments before i decided to post a comment. I saw only a few people who felt as i did with the exception of the outrage everyone has that. The jury was given instructions and other charges would have applied and i did not feel the state made the 1st degree murder charge but there were other charges that the evidence was there to convict. The part that really got to me was that they disregarded the aggravated child abuse charge and only convicted her of lying to the police. The jury will have to live with what they did, especially the fore-person for NOT having the sense to follow the written courts instructions and so will the family of this innocent child. I liked the one comment that stated it was above our pay grade to pass judgement. There will be justice but i am afraid not here on this earth for this crime and the travesty that was made of the system by each of the groups of people involved. Being personally on a jury several times and a jury fore-person once. i know what a tremendous responsibility it is to have several different personalities in a room to decide the guilt or not of a person charged with a crime. To decide all of those charges of this magnitude should have taken a lot of time and the focus should have remained on ALL the evidence that was presented. My only prayer is for the child and for the lack of justice that she received. Knowing that she is in a better place comforts me but knowing HOW she got there really disgusts me in the sense that true justice for the HOW will have to wait until her killer faces God. I sincerely pray for our country as it appears to be on a path of self-destruction and moral bankruptcy. NO ONE should be allowed to profit from abomination.

  • 74596_129289523905506_927477597_n_max50


    about 3 years ago


    I am quite conflicted...I believe it was a rather fair trial as the prosecution did not meet the burden of proof. The prosecution failed to "sell the case" so to speak and failed to convince the jury she REALLY did it. How can you really convict someone with murder if you don't know how she was murdered and why?

    I really don't particularily finger point anyone. The defense did their job, the prosecution tried to convince the jury but failed to do so. Just a very sad and tragic situation all around and I hope the karma bus runs over Casey big time!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 3 years ago


    God bless little Caylee. I can't imagine what would bring a parent to commit such a horrible act against a precious, innocent child. Whoever did this to Caylee will have to answer to someone in the future. The ultimate judge will not have mercy. I hope that whoever did this feels Caylee's pain and suffering a million times worse. Caylee didn't deserve to hurt. And her mother didn't deserve her.

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