Casey Anthony found not guilty of murder, may walk free on July 7, 2011
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On July 5, 2011 at approximately 2:15, pm., the jury in the Casey Anthony trial returned with a verdict in the three year old murder case. After 10 hours and 40 minutes of deliberations, the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida was hushed as the seven verdicts were read:
Count One- First Degree Murder- Not Guilty
Count Two- Aggravated Child Abuse-Not Guilty
Count Three- Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child- Not Guilty
Count Four- Providing false information to law enforcement officer- Guilty
Count Five- Providing false information to law enforcement officer- Guilty
Count Six- Providing false information to law enforcement officer- Guilty
Count Seven- Providing false information to law enforcement officer- Guilty
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The verdicts drew emotion from Casey Anthony and her attorneys as she broke into tears followed by a hug with lead defense attorney Jose Baez. Casey’s brother, Lee Anthony, did not go to court to hear the verdicts announced. Her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, sat stoically without showing any emotion. They quickly left the courtroom and returned home. Casey Anthony has accused her father and brother of sexually abusing her when she was young. The allegations were not proved through her trial and both have adamantly denied the claims through their attorney Mark Lippman. Casey Anthony returns to court on July 7, 2011 at 9:00 am, for a sentencing hearing due to the four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
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Following the not guilty verdicts to the murder charges, the defense attorneys celebrated with champagne toasts in a bar across the street from the courthouse. Cheney Mason spoke briefly to HLN correspondent Jean Casares and said that on Thursday’s sentencing hearing they will ask for the four counts of lying to law enforcement officers to be reduced to one charge as the lies occurred during the same day, therefore he indicated it is double jeopardy and overcharging for her to face four of the same charges.
The punishment for lying to law enforcement officers in the State of Florida is a maximum sentence of one year. Casey Anthony has served three years in prison and with Florida’s overcrowding, there is a good chance that even if she were to be sentenced to all four years she could get time served. Judge Perry may also choose to agree with Cheney Mason that Casey Anthony was overcharged and reduce the four counts to one, indicating that she will walk free.
You may watch Casey Anthony in court, live on Thursday, July 7, 2011 in the video player above. Click the videos to the left to see coverage of the verdict and announcements rendered by the prosecution and defense after the verdict was announced.