Tuesday, July 5, 2011
A Florida jury ruled Casey Anthony not guilty of murder in the high-profile case that gripped a nation for three years.
Anthony was acquitted of the more serious charges, but was convicted of providing false information to investigators.
Anthony's 2-year-old daughter Caylee died in 2008. The toddler was last seen in June of that year, but her mother waited a month to report her missing, and Caylee's remains weren't found until December 2008.
"I want to start off by saying that while we're happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case," defense attorney Jose Baez said afterward. "I really have mixed feelings about this whole situation."
Baez added that the vitriol directed at Anthony was unjust.
"You cannot convict someone until they've had their day in court," he said.
Defense attorneys argued that Caylee accidentally drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool and that the family panicked and tried to cover up the tragedy. The defense also tried to paint a picture of a dysfunctional family that had its share of trauma and dealt poorly with it.
Prosecutors tried to argue that Anthony suffocated the toddler, drove around with her dead body in the trunk of the car and dumped her in a wooded area. The prosecution described Anthony as a party girl who wanted to rid herself of parental responsibility.
Anthony could have faced the death penalty had she been convicted. Instead, she'll be sentenced on Thursday for the charged for which she was convicted.