July 7th, 2011
08:17 PM ET

Lightning strikes tree near Caylee Anthony memorial site

Hours after Casey Anthony learned on Thursday that she will leave jail next week, lightning apparently struck a tree next to a makeshift memorial in honor of her slain daughter,  Caylee.

No one saw lightning strike the pine tree on Suburban Drive in Orange County, Florida, where teddy bears and flowers mark the spot where 2-year-old Caylee's remains were found on December 11, 2008.

But long, diagonal strips of exposed wood scarred the tall pine tree, WESH reported, and bits of bark lay scattered across the road.

"It could be a sign from the angels that they aren't happy with what's happened," a visitor to the site told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. "The rain, the lightning, the storm - it's the heavens indicating they aren't happy."

There are more lightning strikes in Florida per square mile than in any other state, according to weather.com.

A Pinellas County jury acquitted Anthony, 24, of murder and manslaughter charges Tuesday in the death of her daughter. The same jury convicted her of four charges of obstruction of justice for lying to police during the search for Caylee.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail - one year for each of her four convictions - but with credit for nearly three years already served and good behavior, her release date was set for Wednesday, July 13, a court spokeswoman said.

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  1. just wishing

    The defense team and Casey just plainly a bunch of corrupt liars! Just wished the lightning hit the courthouse while the defense team and Casey were walking out of the building!

    July 9, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aracely

    God will seek vengeance many timesfold on his time schedule and will seek real justice for Caylee so she can be at peace. Casey and her defense team better watch out when the Creator comes to make things right for this little girl. It truly was galling how the defense team acted so tacky, callous, and insensitive during the champagne party..they were so happy celebrating of how they saved a murderous and lying mother Casey Anthony while a little child was murdered.

    July 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. My mom killed me too

    Quit complaining about it she got of plain and simple. GOD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH ANY OF THIS!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Signs

    The Casey fiasco is not over yet. Caylee soul is unsettled. The lightning is too random to be overlooked.

    July 9, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Apocatequil

    bwahahahahahahah hahahahahahaha hahahahahahah bwbabababahahahahaha

    July 10, 2011 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stevereeno

    Lightning strike? Not good enough. I want to see the gates of he*l open beneath her feet while still in jail.
    The grim reaper providing an expressway to her new digs.

    July 10, 2011 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Kate

      Ahhh, I like the way you think!

      July 10, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. J Chiappini

    She will be struck down like the lightning the day of her sentencing . Believe it people she won't enjoy one day of her so called freedom .....JUST WAIT and i've called it before

    July 10, 2011 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. PearlieGates

    The jurors didn't get it right with the verdict...they didn't study the entire evidences presented to them! Perhaps, they didn't have the higher caliber of understanding to understandand advanced forensic science and information the witnesses gave. We the viewers who watched this trial for how many weeks understood all the evidences.

    Some of the jurors have had criminal records in the past! We in Florida were just sickened with the none guilty verdict handed done after we the taxpayers paid millions and millions of dollars on this trial and this WORLD CLASS LIAR Casey Anthony get to walk away as a free woman!

    Even the Hollywood celebrities who watched this trial were dismayed of the outcome. Actress Roseanne Barr stated that there were so many evidences such as the duct tape, chloroform, tattered t-shirt, etc EQUALS PROOF!

    July 10, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • chris2

      Agree. Did the prosecution team include a psychiatrist, or a mental health expert? I admit I know very little about this area of law, procedure. I think Dr Drew did a good job of looking closely and analyizing the behaviors of the people involved in the case. In other words, was the jury presented with Casey's mental health status? I didn't watch the entire trial.
      Thanks.

      July 10, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zod

      PearlieGates,
      Actually the jury in this case did EXACTLY as they were instructed. The Prosecution failed to present even one peice of evidence that pointed to ANYONE in the death of this little angel. Remember that all juries instructed to find Not Guilty if there is any REASONABLE DOUBT. The 'evidence' presented by the Prosecution was such that it failed to identify the events of Caylee's death or to the person/people responsible for it.

      July 10, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • CareerMom

      Agreed! In this case, it seems like they just said not enough evidence and had bunch of followers. In this case, the evidence should had been combed through very thoroughly. I would hung the jury. Based on the evidence, I did not see she was a good mother at all. I see an irreresponsible mother and one who never talked about her child. One who care less where she was for 31 days. I saw the same trail the jurors did and I saw plenty of evidence to convict of at least manslaughter and child neglect. Maybe there was not enough for first degree murder and a plot to kill her daughter. However, the motive spoke volumes. The motive presented by the prosecutors she was self centered and wanted to her freedom. She did not want to be tied down. She did not want her mother and father pushing her for responsilbility of a child. After seeing the interviews on several people who knew her not included in the trail, how come they did not use them! Was there a physochology evaluation on Casey? If not, they find out she was a psychopath. Several people including a judge and lawyers have made that determination after more information has come out after the trail. She could announce tomorrow she did it and noone could convict her now. Juror #2 is an idiot please stop doing interviews you just make yourself look stupid.

      July 11, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. Greg

    The almighty tried to strike Nancy Grace with that lightening strike, but missed, cause we all know that the Devil Nancy Grace dances away too fast.

    July 10, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CrazyLarry

    Casey Anthony was found not guilty by the lack of common sense by 12 brainless imbeciles! She is now free to laugh her way to the bank! Casey is now free to say, "I am such a SUPERB LIAR that I even beat the rap, hee..hee..hee..hee.hee.hee.......... "TO ALL YOU IDIOTS I SPIT ON YOU!" END OF STORY.

    July 10, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bev

    The Anthony Family is a family of LIARS! Judge Larry Seidlin even stated that they wouldn't even know what the word truth meant even if it bit them on the butt!

    July 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Osmungirl

    I think casey needs to burn in hell for what she did i have two baby girls who i would kill for they are my life so i cant see how a mother who is suppose to protect their kids and love them could do something like this!!!

    July 10, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Deb

    We got to live through Caylee's death and the unfair trial but we might be unfortunate to see Casey pay for her sins! She might live long enough and die..we might not get to see her burn in hell!

    July 10, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. spanglish

    The rage of God over those Hypocrites ad the memorial of Casey.Don't desecrate the palace of an innocent child

    July 10, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Imnotasheep

    ROFL oh yes god is mad lol, he must have done this... people are so stupid lol

    July 10, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
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