Gotta Watch: Judging Casey Anthony case
Casey Anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, in the summer of 2008.
July 4th, 2011
08:29 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Judging Casey Anthony case

It's the capital murder case that's held our attention this summer. But has the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Casey Anthony intentionally murdered her daughter? The jury is beginning their deliberations today, and now it's your chance to weigh in. You've gotta watch the most pivotal moments from the defense and prosecution and judge for yourself whether Casey Anthony is guilty or innocent.

Prosecuting Casey Anthony – The state of Florida contends Casey Anthony cared more about partying and having a fun life than being a mother. It's her motive for murder, according to prosecutors. They paint her as a liar trying to live the good life at the expense of her daughter.
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Defending Casey Anthony – The defense brought molestation allegations against Casey Anthony's father and brother during the trial. It pointed to George Anthony as the real culprit behind the toddler's death and cover-up. Most importantly, Casey Anthony's defense team relied upon the fact that Caylee Anthony's cause of death is undetermined. It believes that's the real reason there's not enough evidence to convict the Florida mother of murder.
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  1. oj simpsonville

    Why would casey anthony say that her father was involved with disposing of Caylee? I mean, if he used that duct tape on the body, wouldnt he get rid of it, and not bring it to the "Caylee Search" headquarters or put some on the gas can? Its just not credible. I heard that her Gramma was going to press charges on her for theft, June 14, and the next day, Caylee is dead, or missing. Why make up a story about her dad being involved, why not just come out and say," I was busy on my computer, caylee got out the backdoor, drown, I freaked out, put her in that doll house, (where the dogs hit on decomp) Didnt want to get in any more trouble with my parents, (because Casey was already on shaky ground for the theft of her grampas money), and she lost her mind and bagged up baby in a trash bag and duct taped it, and got rid of it, so she wouldnt have to deal with it or any other consequenses.. But, it seems like she wont even tell her lawyers what really happened, so they are forced to do the best they can with her continued lies. Her parents are liars too. Poor Caylee.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • oj simpsonville

      So maybe..-She was upset by the blow up with her mother, on June 14. She starts thinking, "I will have to leave this house to get away from this crazy mother of mine who tried to strangle me and may have me arrested for the theft of my grampas money. Where can I go? To Tonys house? Yes. But will he want Caylee along longterm? No. I dont want to leave Caylee here, in dyfuntion junction, so I will kill her instead to save her from the craziness I grew up with" Casey probably drugged her, and then wrapped the duct tape around her and drown her in the pool, where the dogs hit on decomp. Its just too convenient that Caylee died or went missing directly after this blow up with her mother over the theft of her Grampas money. I was on the fence, but now I think she deliberately murdered little Caylee. All from facts not in evidence. Because I dont think the fight came into the trial.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patty

    Comments regarding little Caylee being the age to formulate speech...what if SHE was abused and would have been able to vocalize this? Once an perpetrator of incest goes undetected, he will continue. Casey definately fits the pattern of a female child that has been a quiet victim of incest. The family is totally dysfunctional, lies, patriarcal types that are overbearing, and George is/was a former law enforcement officer that would have a profile of a control type. Why did George leave his job as a law enforcement officer with 10 years of service when he was at the half way point of retirement? Someone needs to look into this. Something is seriously wrong when a former law enforcement officer gets on the stand and lies.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • nedra

      I agree. George definately has something to hide. Gas can didn't make sense. I know someone that was a victim of repeated incest and her younger years was a mess. Why didn't anyone expore this further?

      July 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • raven

      just a little reminder .. George Anthony is not on trial here.

      July 4, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • nedra

      Seems that the whole family should have come under the microscope of the DA's office. The parents lied on the stand and should be accountable by law for those violations. I still say something is up with George and he's hiding something...lies, mistress...threw his kid under the bus...he's an ex-cop, worked homicide in Ohio...any wonder why the evidence is lacking here?

      July 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    ok guys... follow the tape.... unfortunately when the body decomposed, the tape could not stick to the skull..that is impossible. She could not have taped her mouth /nose shut...just not possible

    July 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • vikingslost

      The duct tape was placed over Caylee's mouth and nose areas and in one continuous motion around the back of the head which attached to the hair. When decomposition set in and the body and head started to decompose, what was left was
      the skeleton and the skull. The skull still had attached to it the duct tape which was attached to a clump of hair on the back of head. That's why the mandible on the skull was still attached because of that clump of hair that was still attached to
      the duct tape.

      July 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. drummer girl

    I'm wondering how a child who supposedly drowned ends up not being reported missing for a month...&I suppose the pool she drowned in also duct taped her mouth&nose shut?!Talented pool,don't you think?

    July 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. cr8zycuban

    Parents are guilty of trying to cover it up as well, if they trully wanted to take care of her this would of never happened.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KC

    Guilty or not, Jose is done with criminal cases. He'll have to start chasing ambulances.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. R. Kershaw

    I believe that the mother, accidentally killed her child, I think that she probably gave something to the kid to put her to sleep, and when she came back from her party, found that the child was dead, and didn't know how to deal with the situation. by hiding the child all of those days, anything that could have pointed to her would be diminish by the time that had passed, Yes, she is guilty, in my eyes, as a mother, if my child was missing, I would have been in the hospital being treated with histerics the same day that it happens, and this woman waited 31 days to say "oh by the way, my child is missing?"

    July 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Analisa Bartalomo

    That B**** is GUILTY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mujababy

    if it was a 'terrible accident that snowballed out of control" as the defense claims then she is at the very least guilty of misleading the police. Whether the father George Anthony had an affair or didn't has little to do with the fact of the case. He could have had an affair with every rescue worker that crossed his path and it wouldn't mean that he covered up anything but perhaps the fact he had an affair. The Chloroform ( please) that Girl did not think to obtain Chloroform. I think feelings about how we feel about what she did after confuse this case the most. I think one night she just got tired and frustrated and in an effort to discipline the child she ended up killing her. What happened after is just due to out of control self hatred of her self and shoddy investigation. I think people want it to be a mystery because that would make it easier to stomach.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vicki

    Let us all remember that a precious little LOST HER FOR NO DAMN GOOD REASON!! LETS' THINK AND PRAY FOR CAYLEE!!

    July 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Yoni

    That lil swamp tiger couldn't swim?

    July 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JustinB87

    Another question dont most pools have clorean, a lot of chemicals in it most likely chloroform?? Anything I agree on in the end the tax payer gets screwed and caylee? Ya no one really knows how she dies. In most minds shes guilty but in are legal system it to be proven without a reasonable doubt and its not there and also yea the jury can do whatever they want. With the time if the were all in agreement they would be done now or soon. everyone is right HUNG JURY 2 dont like to judge and one is ready to get on his cruise. Its HUNG

    July 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Hartman

      What's proven is she died before the party pictures, the kids body's scent was hit on by dogs in her backyard and her car, and a kid that accidentally drowns isn't found weeks later in a body bag with duct tape all over her. Use your heads.

      July 4, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chemist

      Chlorine salts and acids, like the kind you find in pool water, can't be turned into Chloroform, certainly not at high concentrations. Mixing bleach and acetone can, much like mixing bleach and ammonia makes chlorine gas (which is highly toxic). You can accidentally make chloroform, but not out of pool water.

      July 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Willa45

    The most important questions here is 'when' exactly did this child die and 'how'? Partying and shopping are bizarre ways to grieve, but did the child die before or after the party pictures were taken. Other theories to consider: She sedated the child so she could go out and when she came back to the child had died....She left her in a locked car under the hot Orlando sun and forgot about her. Bottom line is that the 'when' and 'how' that little girl died, have not been satisfactorily answered and you would need that to convict of murder.. If I was a juror, I could not convict her for anything other than gross negligence and endangering the wellfare of a child. .Because the evidence is so damming however, as a judge I would probably give her the maximum sentence for that.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • ukwild1

      The child ended up in a swamp with duct tape from the family home around her and Casey ( pathological liar) didnt report her missing at all for 31 days guilty

      July 4, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      Hi willa. I am also no fan of Casey Anthony and the patholigical liars club she represents. But I agree that the facts of the case are important, not simply handing her over to be fried. The case did NOT prove First degree murder nor even second . I dont even think they proved manslaughter but I believe thats what is most probable and thats what the jury will come back with, as well as negligence and the 4 counts of lying to the cops. Enough for 15 to 20 anyways. And she is such a head case she wont see parole early.

      July 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DallasWriter

      Did you follow the trial at all? Apparently not, or you would know that the photos came after the child died. That's the entire point of the preposterous defense's claims. Your "other theories" about her sedating the child aren't "other" at all; it's exactly what the state has claimed. Both the prosecution and the defense agree that she died on June 16. Pay attention to the facts presented by the state before you claim the state didn't prove their case.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Momof2girls

      I hope she is found guilty of first degree murder! To think that some people are saying there is no DNA no real evidence is garbage! The pictures of her partying were after Caylee was missing just in case you haven't been following the trial since the beginning. Let us suppose it was an accident, why not just say it was. She had 3yrs to come clean and she didn't. She sits there crying those fake tears in some moments and then sits there with a mad face like she can't believe the things the Prosecution is saying, Really? She put herself there! Yes everyone has different ways of dealing with guilt and pain but to go out and party and get a tattoo and act like nothing is wrong for days is coldhearted! Also, she tried to blame her father? Please she continues to lie! I say GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY! I am a mother of two and could never think of hurting my children and if God forbid they were to be in an accident under my supervision try to make it look like a murder. If that wasn't your intention then you wouldn't be scared of saying the truth! People talk about she grew up with a family who lies come on. There are people out there who grow up in environment with abuse and know that they could never do it to their children because they know exactly how it feel and wouldn't want their children to go through that.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • tom

      The defense does not have to prove anything. You guys replying to Wilma are trying to make it seem that she is guilty until proven innocent. Its not the way it works. Its irrelevant if Casey was partying afterwards, as in irrelevant to whether she killed Caylee or not. The state had to prove Anthony pre meditated and then murdered her daughter. They presented no evidence other than a speculative theory . Even the medical examiner said she didnt know how Caylee died. You cant just believe what you want to believe and then stick Casey in the electric chair for vengeance .
      Every single person on here that I read that claims her to be guilty always writes the same thing. Casey his horrible, carried her kid around in the trunk, partied and lied. Yes, every bit of its horrible but NO, NOT ONE BIT OF IT proves she murdered her kid

      July 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ukwild1

    I cant believe some of you think she is innocent. The pathological liar didnt report her child missing for 31 days hello guilty.

    July 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |

      My true thoughts are that Casey got the cloroform idea from her boyfriend. I can imagine that she communicated to him that she could not get Caylee to sleep so she could go out with him or whatever. That's why he sent here that e-mail msg "WIN HER OVER WITH CLOROFORM". Just a thought.

      July 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich Sinensky

      We don't think she's innocent. the verdict of NOT GUILTY is a far cry from declaring her innocent. Personally, I think she is guilty as sin but I l also think the State did not offer any conclusive evidence that she is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. there is no eyewitness, no finger prints; no one is absolutely sure that she died at the hand of her mother. All we are sure of is that she died and her mother is beyond doubt guilty of reckless endangerment, severe child neglect, and perhaps depraved indifference.

      July 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Werner

      I have to agree with ukwild. I have never heard of a mother whos child disappears for 31 days and doesn't report it. I don't know just how screwed up ainCasey Anthony is in the brain, but this about a horrible murder, not Casey. Guilty as charged, based upon what ukwild1 and I said.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trisha

      Agreed with ukwild...31 days of partying and not reporting a "missing child"...GUILT! the manner of how little Caylee's remains were all points to guilt! Child neglect and abuse any way you look at it, at the minimum.. Resulting in death is manslaughter/murder...its very unfortunate that none of us, only God knows what really happened to little Caylee Marie..
      If i was on this vote would be guilt on all counts!

      July 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Willa45

      She was first reported missing in mid july 08. Prior to that, there is a one month window between mid June and mid July where nothing was known, hence no search had begun. Any serious forensic investigation didn't happen until after mid July. She presumably died during that one month window, but her remains were found months later. How did they determine that the party pictures were taken after the child died? I don't like her much and she is a bold faced liar, but I'm afraid that without knowing how this little girl died or by whose hand, they don't have much of a case for capital murder.

      July 4, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Momof2girls

      It is frustrating to hear just caused she partied doesn't mean anything or Prosecution didn't prove a thing! Although they probably didn't have the evidence for them directly accusing Casey they proved that she had a motive and showed her actions before, during and after the death of her daughter! I bet most of the ones who are saying innocent until proven guilty are not parents and if you are I can't help to think what kind of parent are you!

      July 4, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. teona

    Guilty Guilty Guilty

    July 4, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
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