Year in Review: Casey Anthony Trial

By: CNN
By: CNN

Casey Anthony's trial got underway in May, and it didn't take long for the defense to drop the first bombshell.

Anthony's lawyer, Jose Baez, told the jury 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony drowned in the family pool, and that Casey Anthony and her father George covered up the death.

He explained Casey's questionable behavior by saying she came from a world of family secrets and incest.

"And it all began when Casey was 8 years old, and he came into her room and started to touch her inappropriately," Baez said.

"Have you ever sexually molested your daughter, Casey Anthony?" Baez asked her father.

"No, sir."

Prosecutors painted the accused mother as a cunning, self-centered killer, who suffocated her little girl, dumped the body, and embarked on a month-long party spree.

Witness after witness was called to the stand, but the person the jury never heard from was the defendant herself.

"Is it your decision not to testify based upon consultation with your counsel?"
"Yes, sir."

Attorneys left the jury with these final words.

"Casey Anthony decided on June 16th that something had to be sacrificed," said Asst. State Attorney Jeff Ashton. "She chose to sacrifice her child."

"If it wasn't proven to you that it happened, that's it," said Baez. "It's over. It's not guilty on every count."

Jurors reached a verdict in 11 hours.

"As to the charge of first degree murder. verdict as to count 1, we the jury find the defendant not guilty."

Anthony was also acquitted on charges of manslaughter and aggravated child abuse She was found guilty of four counts of lying to investigators and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Taking into account time served and good behavior, she was released the following week.

There was some public outrage.

"This is disgusting. Baby! What about her?"

Anthony disappeared from public sight. In August, she began serving a year-long probation somewhere in Florida for a check fraud conviction.

George and Cindy Anthony broke their post-trial silence on Dr. Phil.

"Looking back now, I'm almost wondering if she didn't develop postpartum Schizophrenia or some type of issue after her pregnancy."
"I'm not making excuses for her."
"I think you are."

In September, a Florida judge ordered Casey Anthony to pay state law enforcement $217,000 for investigative costs incurred during her case.

The Texas firm that helped with the search for Caylee is suing Anthony to recoup its expenses.


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