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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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    Maj_Ronzheimer

    about 3 years ago

    46 Comments

    I live in Orlando and watched the trial on our local station. I thought the state did an excellent job presenting it's case!. The jury did not do their job. You had to look at the big picture what she was doing the 31 days. It makes me SICK!. Dancing and smiling and laughing and carrying on at those night clubs while her little daughter was laying in a swamp near her house. She is the biggest lier in history. God will judge her. At least Caylee is with the Lord and not with the poor excuse of a mother Casey!.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    For what its worth, Casey Anthony is facing a defamation lawsuit from "Zanny the nanny" Gonzales. It is scheduled to begin in February 2012. What if any $$$$ this bitch gets from talk shows, books and movies will hopefully end up in Zanny's hands.

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    Ladyhawke

    about 3 years ago

    64 Comments

    She might be out in a year. I hope she makes "friends" in prison. God Bless Caylee, sweet angel. You can't help it your mother is a lying, murdering, drinking,drugging bitch.

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    bleslie850

    about 3 years ago

    8 Comments

    you need to fire your proof reader. Paragraph 3: "The jury – five men and seven women – read out their guilty verdict in court in Orlando, Florida."

    All the news reports I've seen, she was found NOT guilty.

    BTW, I think this was a horrible decision; however, since I wasn't on the jury, I'll just have to believe that the State failed to do their job.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    I bet Susan Smith is pissed that she didn't drown her two kids in a lake in Orange County FL.
    What has our justice system become?

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    leathergurl05

    about 3 years ago

    126 Comments

    What goes around comes around and that BITCH will get hers in the end.

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    115

    about 3 years ago

    24 Comments

    This decision makes me sick. She will be judged accordingly one of these days. There is a special place in hell for someone like Casey. God bless you Caylee.

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    Anonymous

    about 3 years ago

    SOMEBODY DID IT. Ducttape over the nose and mouth doesn't exactly constitute natural causes, WTH

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    DenverHammer

    about 3 years ago

    94 Comments

    The system worked. It sucks.

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    Robocop33

    about 3 years ago

    14618 Comments

    We also have to understand that this jury did not get to see ALL the evidence. Much information was discussed with the jury stuck in the other room. I do not believe that the State ever had a chance of a first degree murder conviction and the only reason they went after that is emotions were so strong they went with it and public opinion. This one of the reasons that I do not like the media such as Nancy Grace and Jane Valdez and others. Especially before trail as in order to get a jury that doesn't know anything you have to find some pretty uninformed people.
    The State should have gone with the manslaughter idea that Casey was an out of control partier who drugged her child so she could party and one day OD'ed her and knowing it was wrong she made up the story of Nanny and buried her in the same fashion as they buried their pets. The motive is so she could party and how she showed no real remorse after killing her. motive and opportunity and the cover-up to avoid being caught.
    Casey would have then have been sent to prison for 20 yrs and there would have been some justice for the little victim Caylee.

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    oldtimer322

    about 3 years ago

    360 Comments

    The system worked folks...maybe not how we wanted it to, but it did work.

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    cgingo

    about 3 years ago

    21884 Comments

    My thoughts and prayers go out to little Kaylee in this case. May she now rest in peace, but I think there will be lots more of this case before it's over. Like it's been said, the movies, books and interviews are now going to begin. What are we in for, is now the question. Will we ever know what really happened? Not in this life. I like the reference by FSS to the movie "12 Angry Men". Great movie about our legal system. Oh yeah, it's the greatest legal system in the world, and I have great confidence in it even after all these years in the system. I've certainly lost cases dring my career, but always looked back and came to the understanding of why a case was lost. Here, the prosecution did not do the job better than the defense team. The defense team was more persuasive in raising a doubt the the prosecution was in answering the questions and eliminating the doubt. We can't balme the system here. The judge did a wonderful job coordinating the courtroom and the people in his courtroom. The prosecution did an excellent job putting on it's witnesses and experts. In the end though, the defense was able to poke enough holes in the case that the jurors had at least one more question than there was an answer to. Does that make Casey a mruderer? We won't know today or in our lifetimes, but we do know the defense team did what they were supposed to: raise a doubt about her involvement in the death of Kaylee. As professionals, we now have to respect the decision of the jurors and move on. We can pray for Kaylee as we have done since the day she was reported missing in 2008 and hope that she is resting in peace. As for Casey, in our system, a not guilty verdict doesn't mean innocent, it just means the evidence wasn't there to prove she did it. If she did, she will payy someday, but not today. I'm just saying.

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    Viclaroy

    about 3 years ago

    26 Comments

    GlockArmorer220 well said, the state never establish cause of death or who did it therefore the jury had no choice.

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    CTmotorcop

    about 3 years ago

    432 Comments

    Words can not express how upset I am with our present legal system. May this beautiful child rest in the arms of God for there she will be comforted

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    ExplorerFL835

    about 3 years ago

    370 Comments

    Michael Vick kills DOGS and gets years in prison, Casey Anthony kills a 2 year old little girl and gets a slap on the wrist.......smh

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