The verdict is in, NOT GUILTY
In the 36-day murder trial of Casey Anthony costing the state over $1 million dollars, the jury returned the verdicts of:
First Degree Murder: Not Guilty
Manslaughter: Not Guilty
Aggravated Manslaughter of a Child: Not Guilty
Aggravated Child Abuse: Not Guilty
Giving False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer: Guilty
Sentencing will be held in a separate hearing on Thursday. While the case revolved around circumstantial evidence, having no direct physical evidence, and no actual cause of death ever determined, it was also enough for the jury to say she is not guilty.
The trial has been the scene of courtroom antics by both the prosecution and the defense, with Chief Judge Belvin Perry threatening to throw both of them off the case at times.
The prosecution’s speech to the jury covered how they answered all of their statements during the opening of the trial, and said the evidence was only partially important, urging an emotional verdict of guilty. The defense hammered for 3 hours in closing arguments how the state prosecutors failed to show any real actual physical evidence, and how what evidence they did provide was full of loopholes and open to interpretations by experts and listed experts who came to different conclusions.
From the Associated Press:
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – Casey Anthony was found not guilty Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television from the moment the toddler was reported missing three years ago.
Anthony, 25, wept as the judge read the verdict, which jurors reached after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days. She was charged with first-degree murder, which could have brought the death penalty if she had been convicted.
Instead, she was convicted of only four counts of lying to investigators looking into the June 2008 disappearance of her daughter Caylee. Her body was found in the woods six months later and a medical examiner was never able to determine how she died.
She will be sentenced by the judge on Thursday and could receive up to a year in jail for each lying count.05