Anthony found not guilty of murder; guilty of false information

POSTED: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 1:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 - 10:07pm

Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. 

Jurors returned their verdict Tuesday after less than 11 hours of deliberation.

Anthony was acquitted of the charges of murder, aggravated manslaughter and child abuse.

After the verdict was announced Casey Anthony broke down crying, hugging her attorneys and at one point mouthing the words "Thank you".

Prosecutors sat in stunned silence as the defense team celebrated.

"Casey did not murder Caylee it's that simple.. and today our system of justice did not dishonor her memory with a false conviction," lead defense attorney Jose Baez said afterward.

She was found guilty on four lesser counts of providing false information to a law officer.

The maximum sentence for those offenses is four years and she will likely get credit for the three years she has already served waiting for trial.

The decision marks the end of a trial that lasted more than six weeks and a tragedy that stretched out over three years.

Caylee was first thought to be missing, until six months later when her remains were found in a wooded swamp near her grandparents home.
 

Here is an actual transcript of verdict being read:

The Court for the Ninth Judicial Circuit in and for Orange County, Florida – State of Florida v. Casey Marie Anthony, as to Case 2008CF15606-O.

As to the charge of First Degree Murder – verdict as to count one – we the jury find the defendant NOT GUILTY, so say we all, dated at Orlando, Orange County, Florida, this fifth day of July 2011, signed for person.

As to the charge of Aggravated Child Abuse – verdict as to count two – we the jury find the defendant NOT GUILTY, so say we all, dated at Orlando, Orange County, Florida, this fifth day of July 2011, signed for person.

As to the charge of Aggravated Manslaughter if a Child – verdict as to count three – we the jury find the defendant NOT GUILTY, so say we all, dated at Orlando, Orange County, Florida, this fifth day of July 2011, signed for person.

As to the charge of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – verdict as to count four – we the jury find the defendant GUILTY of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer as charged in the indictment, so say we all, dated at Orlando, Orange County, Florida, this fifth day of July 2011, signed for person.

As to the charge of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – verdict as to count five – we the jury find the defendant GUILTY of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer as charged in the indictment, so say we all, dated at Orlando, Orange County, Florida, this fifth day of July 2011, signed for person.

As to the charge of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – verdict as to count six – we the jury find the defendant GUILTY of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer as charged in the indictment, so say we all, dated at Orlando, Orange County, Florida, this fifth day of July 2011, signed for person.

As to the charge of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer – verdict as to count seven – we the jury find the defendant GUILTY of Providing False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer as charged in the indictment, so say we all, dated at Orlando, Orange County, Florida, this fifth day of July 2011, signed for person.
 

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