Update: Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of first degree murder or manslaughter in the death of her daughter Caylee. The jury also acquitted Anthony of aggravated child abuse. Anthony, however, was convicted of making false statements to law enforcement. She will be sentenced on Thursday and faces a maximum of four years in prison, although because of time already served, Anthony may only spend 18 more months in jail.
If you watch the news at all, the name Casey Anthony is probably familiar to you. She’s the Orlando woman facing the death penalty if convicted of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee back in 2008.
Maybe it’s because I’m a Florida native, but I cannot seem to escape talk of the Casey Anthony trial. Or maybe it’s because a trial as dramatic and sensational as this one is already being called the “social media trial of the century.”
The jury, which has been sequestered for the past six weeks, began deliberating the case on Monday. Before they can reach a verdict, they have a lot of information to chew over. Here is a quick rundown of some of the case’s major plot points.
♦ Caylee Anthony was last seen on June 16, 2008.
♦ Caylee’s grandmother, Cindy Anthony, reported the toddler missing on July 15, 2008.
♦ Caylee’s skeletal remains were found in a wooded area on December 11, 2008. The cause of death remains undetermined.
♦ The State argued that Casey used chloroform to knock Caylee unconscious, then smothered her with duct tape. The prosecutors say that Casey kept Caylee’s body in her car trunk for several days before leaving the remains in a wooded area near the family home.
♦ Defense attorney Jose Baez claims that Caylee accidentally drowned in the Anthonys’ pool and was found by her grandfather, George Anthony, who then covered up the death. Baez also alleged that George Anthony had sexually abused Casey since she was eight years old. However, because a lack of evidence supporting the sexual abuse claims, Baez was not permitted to mention this in his closing arguments.
♦ Casey Anthony did not testify in her own defense.
Have you Lovelies been following the Casey Anthony case? Are you glued to Twitter and on #verdictwatch like me?