Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty Of Murder

Tuesday, July 5th 2011, 2:23 pm
By: News 9

Staff and Wire Reports

ORLANDO, Florida -- A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Anthony began crying when the jury's verdict was read Tuesday after more than 10 hours of deliberations. She hugged her attorney afterward, and a prosecutor shook his head in disbelief. She could have received a death sentence if she had been convicted of first-degree murder.

Anthony was also found not guilty of second-degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.

Anthony was found guilty on four counts of giving false information to law enforcement officers.

Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday. She could receive up to a year in jail for each count.

The lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony says he is happy that his client was found not guilty of killing her toddler daughter, but that there are no winners in this case.

Attorney Jose Baez said Tuesday that 2-year-old Caylee Anthony died far too soon and that he has mixed feelings about the case. He says he is ecstatic for Casey Anthony and wants her to be able to grieve and grow, and somehow get her life back together.

Caylee disappeared in June 2008 and her body was found in woods near her grandparent's home six months later.