Florida, July 7 — A US case that involved years of forensic investigation, weeks of often highly technical testimony and untold hours of media analysis turned out to be pretty straightforward for the jurors weighing whether Casey Anthony killed her toddler daughter.
Early in their second day of deliberations, the 12 men and women concluded the 25-year-old lied to investigators but wasn’t guilty in her child’s death in a case that has gripped America. The case played out on American national television almost from the moment Caylee Anthony was reported missing three years ago. CNN’s hard-nosed Nancy Grace dissected the case at every turn with the zeal of the prosecutor she once was, arguing that Anthony was responsible for her daughter’s death. The TV host turned the term “tot mom” into shorthand for Anthony.
Now Anthony waits to learn if she could spend her first night out of jail in almost three years since she was first accused in the case. She was only convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators Tuesday, and it’s possible that Judge Belvin Perry could sentence her to time already served for those crimes.