Casey Anthony has been acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, a shocking decision that took a 12-person jury less than 11 hours to reach.
Anthony, charged with killing her daughter Caylee and disposing her in the woods, was also found not guilty of aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse, although the jury did convict her of providing false information to investigators. Flanked by defense attorney Jose Baez, and dressed in a pink blouse, Anthony cried as the verdict was read.
A gasp was heard in an otherwise silent courtroom when Anthony learned her fate.
Judge Belvin Perry set sentencing for Thursday at 9 a.m. before thanking the jury for their service. Anthony then embraced Baez, who did what many thought impossible: Procure a not-guilty verdict from the jury.
“When I get home tonight, and my daughter asked what I did today, I can say I saved a life,” Baez told reporters shortly after the decision. “My driving force the last three years has been to make sure there has been justice for Caylee and Casey, because Casey did not murder Caylee, it’s that simple.
“Today, our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction,” added Baez,a 1997 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law.
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