Orlando, Fla – 5:41 pm

One of the prosecutors in the Casey Anthony Murder trial, Jeff Ashton, will be retiring. He’s served the state since 1981.  The State Attorney’s office confirmed his intentions shortly after the verdict for the Casey Anthony case was read.

He is notable for being the first prosecutor to win a murder case based on DNA evidence. He also made another first in court proceedings in the Casey Anthony murder trial by introducing air samples, or so-called “odors”, which the defense in the case called junk science.

Ashton was seen as an aggressive prosecutor in the murder trial of Casey Anthony, but no word from him personally since the verdict of not guilty was announced earlier today in court.

Ashton also has 2 young adopted children, both about the age of 5.  He was a professor at the University of Florida as a philosopher, grew up in the Clearwater, Florida area, and received his law degree from UF.