What You Need to Know About the Casey Anthony Trial
The Casey Anthony ‘not guilty’ verdict seemingly shocked the world yesterday, and it quickly became THE topic of debate. Here’s what you need to know to be fully caught up on the case.
#1.) Two-year old Caylee Anthony disappeared in June of 2008. Casey Anthony was eventually arrested for child neglect, and when chloroform was found in her car, she was charged with murder.
#2.) Six months later, Caylee’s bones were found in the woods blocks from their home. She had been covered in duct tape.
#3.) ALL evidence pointed to Anthony. The most damning were computer records showing she’d Googled terms like “neck breaking” and “how to make chloroform.” And a heart-shaped sticker was found on the duct tape on Caylee.
#4.) The trial lasted for seven weeks. The prosecution believed Anthony had suffocated her daughter, then driven around with her and finally buried her in the woods.
#5.) The defense tried to prove that all the evidence was circumstantial. They said Caylee drowned and Anthony panicked and covered up the death, burying her daughter in the backyard.
#6.) The jury of seven women and five men returned a verdict of not guilty for murder, not guilty of aggravated child abuse, and not guilty of aggravated manslaughter. Under double jeopardy laws she cannot be tried for those again.
#7.) They did find Anthony guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. She could get up to one year in jail for each count but most experts believe she’ll get time served and be released. Sentencing is set for tomorrow, Thursday.
#8.) Casey’s father, George Anthony, who had his name dragged through the mud in the trial, showed no visible reaction after the verdict was read. He later issued a statement with his wife Cindy that read, “Despite the baseless defense chosen by Casey Anthony, the family believes that the jury made a fair decision based on the evidence presented, the testimony presented, the scientific information presented and the rules that were given to them” by the judge.
#9.) None of the jurors spoke with the media yesterday but it’s believed that they’ll say the prosecution did not meet the burden of proof.
Here’s a comprehensive look at the case, via ABC News: