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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.


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    LanaNJ

    about 3 years ago

    6950 Comments

    BUMP MZ66
    Just to add to that a bit, we knooooow she killed this baby, but the question is how. Unfortunately, The State did not prove it was premeditated which coincides with Murder1. Hence, The Jury has doubts=Beyond reasonable doubt.

    Maybe God has his plan for her to feel the wrath of a life living with herself, which could be worse.

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    kweikman

    about 3 years ago

    796 Comments

    Hey Everyone - Just a reminder to keep the language civil otherwise your comment will be removed. Thank you!

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    mz66

    about 3 years ago

    3852 Comments

    The jurors found correctly--the state could not determine how Caylee died. If you can't do that, then you can't show the jury that a murder took place, which you'd need to do before the jury could consider if the defendant committed one.

    She has been found "not guilty" [of the most serious charges]--the state failed to present any evidence that would prove "beyond a shadow of a doubt" those charges. As someone correctly pointed out, this doesn't mean she is innocent--but our justice system does not require that defendants prove their innocence.

    No one should be pointing fingers of blame at the jury or the defense. The jury might be understandably shy about coming out because of the emotional aspect of this case and the expectations that the media fed the public. The defense must defend their client within the law. If they don't, they could face sanction.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    umm, JHALL......many if not most murders ARE ALL CIRCUMSTANTIAL CASES. The eye witness IS DEAD! It is a VALID and TESTED theory of law.

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    jsc330

    about 3 years ago

    4 Comments

    Believe YOU me RadarCop....All the women in the community...no matter where she is....Will Stand UP to CASEY as the WORLD knows she partyied for the 31 days and NEGLECTED THE FACT that HER OWN BABY GIRL WAS MISSING!!!! CASEY knows WHAT SHE DID.....IF it was INNOCENT....she WOULD HAVE COME CLEAN with the TRUE ACCIDENTLY ACTIONS that took place; BUT she DID NOT.....THEREORE.....SHE KNOWS SHE INTENTIONALLY DI D HER OWN DAUGHTER IN FOR THE "BELLA VITA"!! the tattoo says it ALL! PEACE !

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    malingo

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    This is sick and disturbing what kind of a person does this and at the end of the day guilty or not guilt there is still a dead little girl out there and the court doent even care.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    BS. Hopefully some good may come out of this......LIKE JURY SYSTEM REFORM!! They are out of control. Spread the word....."Don't try to get out of jury duty!" We need folks WITH common sense

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    radarcop

    about 3 years ago

    254 Comments

    Some say it is because they couldn't show a cause of death - well yea - hide the body for over 30 days and it makes it harder to find out. To go out and party for 30 days while your child is missing . . . unbelieveable! ! ! Yes it was our court system and the jury that heard all the evidence and for someone reason found her not guilty - they say shows like CSI - NCIS etc etc all make it more difficult to prove this type of case - I guess this proves it - How comes everyone is shocked and they just happen to find the only 12 people to sit on the jury that could find her not guilty - I hope someone reminds her everyday about her child so she will never forget

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    MALA7618

    about 3 years ago

    58 Comments

    She should have to pay restitution for the costs incurred by public agencies searching for Caylee because Casey knew that her daughter was in fact, dead being eaten by maggots. This is just like the Colorado parents pulling a spectacular hoax by reporting their son was aboard a runaway balloon. Or if someone makes a False Distress Call to the Coast Guard they can be required to reimburse for the costs of performing the search.

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    jhall41

    about 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    Like it or not our system is based on the premise of beyond reasonable doubt. What I think might have happened doesn’t count. It’s up to the prosecutor to bring the right charge and be able to prove it. To convict on circumstantial evidence especially in a death penalty case would be a mockery of the system. Having had to make that decision while serving on a grand jury as well as time in a juror box I would have to defend the jury’s decision. Even the thought of facing further civil action makes me uneasy as the burden of proof is reduced to opinion.

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    Hormigua

    about 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    I am not happy about it. This individual has mentally issues to start with. I don' t undarstand, she reported it after a month, and all lies... It means anybody can get away in FL.

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    sharon21760

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Okay, you are on a police type website but don't get the concept of our justice system. The verdict was not guilty now that doesn't mean she was "innocent" it means there was insufficient evidence to find her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A cause of death couldn't be determined by well educated doctors as to how Cayley died. You may be angry over the verdict but that is one of the founding fathers basic principles of our great country that no one should be found guilty of a crime without a fair trial. LIKE IT OR NOT, THIS TRIAL SHOWS WHY AMERICA IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH! TRUST THAT IF SHE IS GUILTY, A HIGHER POWER THAN US WILL JUDGE HER ONE DAY, IN FACT ALL OF US THINK ABOUT YOUR OWN "SINS" BEFORE YOU CAST THE FIRST STONE AT SOMEONE ELSE. HERE IS A NOVEL IDEA , WHAT IF SHE REALLY DIDN'T KILL HER NOT SAYING SHE DIDN'T BUT WHAT IF????

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    Hormigua

    about 3 years ago

    12 Comments

    It means, eventhough with the FBI and Police evidence this Criminal it's found no guilty. What kine of System are we!!! This it's a joke.

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    Justicejoe

    about 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    You said it oldtimer 322; the system did function as it should have. This case reminded me a lot of the 60 year-old case of Sam Sheppard Trial for the murder of his wife Marilyn Sheppard. The Sheppard case was never officially solved, and I don't believe the Caylee Anthony case will ever be either.

    There simply is not enough evidence to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that the young mother was the killer. At this point she could even confess and still not be put to death; as her lawyers would argue that she had been coerced into confession as a result of the long and publicized trial; and the scrutiny and pressure applied by the American public after being bombarded by the tabloid shows which are completely ignorant to the protections provided by the United States Constitution and its Amendments. Well said oldtimer 322.

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    JTaylor76

    about 3 years ago

    110 Comments

    The System Didn't Work...it allowed incompetence to distract and sway the jury's decision...The woman is guilty of killing her daughter but the evidence was not presented properly... this is the same as if an innocent person is incorrectly charged and convicted based on how an attorney presents the case...either way the system failed Caylee.

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