July 5th, 2011
12:34 PM ET

Waiting begins for Casey Anthony followers across nation

Jodi Waits is planning to leave her home in Lexington, South Carolina, on Wednesday to drive to Florida, where her elderly parents live.

"I'll stop at stores and rest stops on the way down," said Waits, 48. "And hopefully they won't have a verdict while I'm on the road."

Across the nation, many of those who were glued to the televised murder trial of Casey Anthony are expressing similar sentiments as a second day of jury deliberations are under way. The jury is deciding whether Casey Anthony is guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008.

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. called jurors into the courtroom briefly Tuesday before sending them out to continue their deliberations about 8:30 a.m.

Casey Anthony is charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder; aggravated manslaughter of a child; aggravated child abuse; and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could receive the death penalty.

She has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and she denies harming her daughter Caylee.

Prosecutors allege that Anthony used chloroform to render Caylee unconscious before putting duct tape over her nose and mouth to suffocate her. She left Caylee's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it, they allege. The little girl's skeletal remains were found in December 2008 near the Anthony home.

Many have compared Casey Anthony's trial to the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995 - only fueled by today's prevalence of the Internet and social media.

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  1. pedro

    I sure bet she doesnt get capital murder. The jury has been out too long. Its a shame she is probably going to get off with a much lighter sentence.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Hope she fries... Think she will...

      July 5, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leslie

    of all the great people you have working for you-–why not a lip reader???
    then we could know what is being said...

    July 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Even if she is found guilty of a lesser charge, she won't last long in jail.
    Nature abhors a vacuum.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @leslie:
    Word.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kathy

    Even I am feel she is guilty I hope there won't be cheers from the crowd like what happened not too long ago.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Strawberry

    Hi ! I just heard the remarks about Caylee not being able to verbalize at her age from Sunny in the conversation between she and Ryan and am in total shock that she can say such a thing. I have had 4 children and 7 grandchildren and they can and do verbalize by Caylee's age and if you remember correctly Caylee could sing You Are my Sunshine. Sorry Sunny, that is a powerful connection to murder. Thank you for letting me post.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kathy

    After Casey decides she will not put herself on the stand but she can do her lip talk where she can't be cross examined?

    July 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Devils advocate

    Am I the only one out here who thinks the prosecution did NOT prove their case. I do think she is guilty, but the prosecution did not prove it. With completely unlimited resources, and Star Trek-type technology, you would think that they could come up with PHYSICAL evidence that DIRECTLY links her to the crime. I am disappointed with the State’s performance.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Yes....

      Her defense is the child drowned, and she says the child was with the imaginery babysitter. Can't be in 2 places at same time.... The joke of a defense begins.....

      If the child did drown, how could the child have been with the babysitter? Why hide it? Why continue
      with the silly lies? If you believe this crap, you are basically saying she'd rather be in jail for 3 years
      and on trial for capital murder, instead of calling 911, trying to resuccitate her daughter, and facing her
      parents yelling at her as to how could she let the child accidentally drown.....

      If the child didn't drown, then she suffocated and dumped the body.

      EITHER way she dumped the body in the woods to be eaten by animals....

      Can't fathom ANYONE believing she's not a cold blooded murderer

      July 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JOHN SPRAY

    Why did they not get any skin off the duck take? Why did the car not smell like death when left at amscot?

    July 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat2u

    Keep her alive and stick her in a state hospital, so she can dwell on what she did to that poor child. She may not be showing the emotions now, but when the freedom she so desperatley wanted is taken away for good, then her memory will kick in to overdrive and she'll never get those images out of her mind. Hope you suffer in your mind the rest of your life, Casey.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Walter

    I'm in love with Casey, she's gonna be free soon. No way she's guilty, her father did it. That SOB will get it. I'm willing to do the job. Ill do anything for Casey, even murder

    July 5, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nathan

      Answer the door...the good humor man is knocking....

      July 5, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mekell

    Not very smart Walter. Don't be surprised if some men in suits with badges come knocking on your door.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jmc

    I will be shocked if she gets away with this what kind of message will that sen d to all the other nuts that unfornately will harm or even kill children LOCK THIS MONSTER AWAY

    July 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    I'm thinking that is why there they charged her with aggravated manslaughter; so she would still get convicted of *something* if they couldn't prove murder 1.

    July 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. erigby

    Jury has announced they've reached a verdict.
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    July 5, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
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