NOT GUILTY were the words echoed from coast to coast on Tuesday, July 5th from the courtroom in Orlando, Florida.
On Tuesday, Casey Anthony was acquitted of the murder of her young daughter, Caylee Anthony by a jury of her peers. A jury that consisted of seven women and five men.
Casey Anthony wept after the clerk read the verdict, which jurors reached after beginning deliberations on July 4, 2011 shortly after noon. The jury deliberated for 10 hours, 40 minutes and 33 seconds before finding Ms. Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.
The 25-year-old 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. Although on the stand during testimony the medical examiner, Dr. G determined that the manner of death (what caused Caylee to die) could not be determined, however, the method of death (the circumstances surrounding the death) was homicide. She went on to say that if a person is concerned with a child's death, specifically those who have a duty and obligation to care for the child aka a parent, will not wait 31 days to report an injury to a child, they will not discard the body in the manner that Caylee was discarded as though she was a piece of trash, and there is no reason for duct tape to be place on a child's head in any situation. I thought this was powerful testimony and I still cannot wrap my mind around the not guilty verdict.
The prosecution did an amazing job laying out the evidence and keeping the memory of little Caylee alive. I was so impressed with both Linda Drane-Burdick and Jeff Ashton. They complemented one another's styles and were very precise in laying out the timelines, witnesses and evidence. They did their job for justice. For Caylee. It's unfortunate it wasn't served, but not due to any lack of effort on the State of Florida and the prosecution team. I do hope they will be able to continue to hold their heads high.
Casey Anthony was found guilty on four counts of lying to law enforcement. She will most likely be released on time served by the end of the week.
Were you surprised by the verdict? What do you think will come of Casey Anthony's life? What impact do you think it will have on her family going forward?