Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty
After 33 days of testimony and two days of closing arguments, a jury of seven women and five men acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in just 10 hours and 40 minutes of deliberation.
Red-faced, Anthony, 25, held back tears as the verdict was read in the Orlando, Fla., courtroom. The jury, which ranged in ages from 32 to 65, handed down their decision at 2:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
The defense spent four hours on Sunday poking holes in the state’s case. “There is plenty of reasonable doubt,” defense attorney Jose Baez told jurors. “You cannot convict her.”
They agreed, except on charges of providing false information to law enforcement officers, where they found Anthony guilty.
The high-profile trial began on May 24. While she remained mostly expressionless in the court room, Anthony broke down in tears on several occasions as her family was repeatedly called to the stand.
Here’s the breakdown:
Count 1. Murder in the first degree: Not Guilty
Count 2. Crime of aggravated child abuse: Not Guilty
Count 3. Aggravated manslaughter of a child: Not Guilty
Counts 4, 5, 6, 7: Providing false information to law enforcement officers: Guilty, immediately finger-printed in open court. All are misdemeanors.
Anthony’s sentencing will be Thursday at 9 a.m.