After 10 hours of deliberation and 33 days of testimony, the jury has just announced the verdict in the Casey Anthony trial. If you’ve been following the case, you know Casey Anthony did not report her deceased child, Caylee, missing for 31 days. As CBS reports, “The prosecution claim(ed) Anthony suffocated her daughter with duct tape. The defense claim(ed) Caylee accidentally drowned.” The investigation and trial were filled with errors, confusion and lies – just one example: Casey Anthony’s mother claimed that she in fact was the one who was searching online for chloroform, when in reality she was at work while the searches were made on the home computer).
According to CBS, “Casey Anthony is charged with murder in the first-degree, second-degree murder, manslaughter, third-degree felony murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, aggravated child abuse and four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.” She was convicted of:
- All four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
- Casey Anthony was found NOT GUILTY of first degree murder, found NOT GUILTY of aggravated child abuse and NOT GUILTY of aggravated manslaughter of a child.
Judge Belvin Perry said nothing to Casey Anthony except that she was found not guilty of the first three charges and then sent her away to be fingerprinted. He did take extra time to thank the jury and explain their privacy rights to them. Casey Anthony will be sentenced Thursday at 9 am. Casey Anthony will face no more than 4 years in prison, according to experts from MSNBC. Casey Anthony’s parents left the courtroom and are not celebrating with her at this time.
Sources: CBS, MSNBC (television)