Casey Anthony was found innocent Tuesday (July 5) in the death of her daughter, Caylee, in 2008.
Anthony was convicted of giving false statements to police, but those were the least of the charges against her and carry the least amount of prison time.
The jury deliberated for about 11 hours over two days before returning its verdict. Several broadcast networks and the cable news channels all carried the announcement of the verdict live.
Anthony, 25, was accused of killing 2-year-old Caylee in June 2008, then burying her body in the woods near her home in Orlando, Fla. The defense claimed that the child accidentally drowned and Casey panicked and disposed of the body.
The case has been the subject of intense media coverage from the time Caylee was announced as missing, with heavy scrutiny on Casey’s actions around the time of Caylee’s disappearance — in particular the fact that she didn’t report her daughter missing for 31 days. A key piece of evidence during the trial was three pieces of duct tape found in the nose and mouth area when Caylee’s remains were discovered.
In addition to first-degree murder, Anthony was charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child, aggravated child abuse and four counts of giving false information to police.
A sentencing hearing on the false-statements charges will begin later in the week. Each count carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison.