Tampa Bay jury finds Casey Anthony not guilty, acquits her on all murder charges
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On July 5, 2011, a jury stemming from Tampa Bay, found Casey Anthony not guilty and acquitted her on all murder charges. Casey Anthony faced seven counts for the June 2008 death of her daughter Caylee including first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated child abuse. She was convicted on four counts of lying to law enforcement officers.
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The state of Florida argued the presence of duct tape on Caylee Anthony’s skull clearly indicated that Caylee was a victim of child abuse and as Casey Anthony was the last person seen with her while she was alive, she was her daughter’s abuser. The jury disagreed and reasonable doubt ruled. Though there was plenty of evidence that a death had occurred, there was no clear evidence that linked Casey Anthony to Caylee’s body as murderer. Casey Anthony, now acquitted on all murder charges, may walk out of the Orange County Jail in Orlando, Florida after a sentencing hearing scheduled for 9:00 am on July 7, 2011. Her attorney, Cheney Mason, says that Casey Anthony’s counts 4-7 (four counts of lying to law enforcement officers) are overcharges and he will seek to have them reduced to one count. The punishment for each charge is a maximum of one year in prison; Casey Anthony has served three.
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The not guilty verdict has stunned Tampa Bay as well as the rest of the nation, but maybe none as much as the prosecution that prepared the case for three years and brought forensic experts and break through scientists who testified about the smell of death present in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s vehicle, a strand of hair with a death band found in the trunk and bugs that were consistent with human decomposition. Jose Baez countered by calling the state’s evidence “fantasy forensics.”
After the verdict was announced and court was dismissed, lead defense attorney Jose Baez stated that though he was happy with the verdict, there were no winners in the case as Caylee Anthony had passed on far too soon.
You may see videos from the trial on July 5, 2011 including the verdict’s announcement, press conferences with the defense and Orlando State Attorney Lawson Lamar in the video player to the left. Click the link above to watch live coverage of Casey Anthony’s sentencing hearing on July 7, 2011 when court is in session.