Casey Anthony Found NOT Guilty of First Degree Murder
We can no longer use the term “accused murderer” when referencing Casey Anthony.
After following this case for so long, we finally have a verdict and it comes as a surprise to me and I’m sure it will to most of you: NOT guilty…
I do want to clarify that the Not Guilty verdict is for the three main charges of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and manslaughter. Anthony was found guilty for providing false information to police officers.
Before I continue, do you have any thoughts? I for one am somewhat speechless, but not completely surprised by today’s verdict. When you have a trial by jury, surprising verdicts can, and have come back.
Having sat on a jury numerous times, I know how difficult it is to come to a unanimous verdict and when there is ANY reasonable doubt, a jury can come to a verdict such as this. I just hope that following the verdict, there is no celebrating on the behalf of the defense. I know that there should be relief on their client’s end, but we must remember that a little girl died and there is no need for celebration…
The jury, which consisted of seven women and five men worked through much of the 4th of July weekend, hearing closing arguments Sunday and Monday morning and began deliberating for six hours that afternoon. According to CNN, the jury deliberated for 10 hours, 40 minutes and 33 seconds before reaching a verdict. They also sat through a total of 33 days of testimony and two days of closing arguments.
Anthony had been charged with seven counts – first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and four counts of providing false information to a law-enforcement officer in her daughters disappearance and death back in 2008.
So what do you think?
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