Caylee Anthony's Skeletal Remains
It was not until June 19, 2009 that Caylee Anthony’s autopsy report was released. At this point, cause of death was determined to be homicide by undetermined means.
The Autopsy Report of Caylee Anthony
On December 18, 2009, Judge Stan Strickland determined that Casey Anthony could face the death penalty. After eleven days of jury selection, The State of Florida v. Casey Marie Anthony case began on May 24, 2011.
On May 25, 2011 the defense, led by Jose Baez, opened with the claim that Caylee had drowned in the family pool. Baez argued that Casey’s father George Anthony attempted to help his daughter hide the death. The defense also stated that Casey had been sexually abused by her father and brother.
Defense Attorney Jose Baez
The prosecution, led by Jeff Ashton, used various pieces of physical evidence (hair samples, duct tape samples, the autopsy report, etc.) and testimonies from a K9 handler and George Casey, among others, to argue that Casey was responsible for her daughter's murder. Although Ashton had over 400 pieces of evidence, much of his argument was circumstantial.
The trial concluded on July 3, 2011 after closing arguments were made by Baez and prosecutor Jeff Ashton. On July 5, 2011, 3 years after Caylee’s disappearance, Casey Anthony was found not guilty of murder. She was also not charged with manslaughter. In fact, all Anthony was convicted of was four counts of providing false information to police. For each count she could receive up to a year in prison.
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