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. Can't Stand a Liar/Killer

    Could never understand how a midget like Casey can bamboozle everyone including the jury members will her well known lies. Hope we will see her pay for all her sins soon instead of 100 years from now!

    July 13, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Anon

    I love how this started as being about little Caylee, but like everything else has turned into being all about Casey.

    July 14, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dancing Granny of California

    If the jury didn't get it right and the defense team as disgusting and slimeballs as they are, I hope that God will step in to make the situation right as soon as possible before Casey escapes and creates chaos everywhere. Casey got off easy and we all felt she was very guilty in the death of this innocent little girl! It is time for Casey to pay for all her sins instead of being an Anthony Teflon and pretends she is way above the law. All she is an indigent lowlife animal who cost the struggling Florida taxpayers millions and millions of dollars for her trial. Once she leaves the jail, Casey will be laughing all the way to the bank, thumbing at the legal system, and its people. She knows that she was a GREAT BAMBOOZLER because she was a GREAT LIAR! It's time little Caylee and all the innocent victims get justice and peace in their lives!

    July 14, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Taho

    Defense Attorny Dorothy Simms is someone that irritated me along with Baez and Cheney. She was on The Joy Behar and was asked if she would trust Casey to babysit her children. Simms showed her guilt and feelings about Casey by skirting the issue twice. Joy Behar asked her the same question second time and Simms couldn't give an honest answer. Simms knew Casey was evil and guilty of murdering Caylee and would never trust Casey to be close to any child.

    The defense team lied and twisted the truths...they drank the Casey kool aid and got duped. They all came out as LIARS!

    July 15, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  5. surfer boy

    If the lightning doesn't hit Casey..AIDS may hit her because of her promiscuity. She's had many partners in the past and many more to come because of her Bella Vita lifestyle!

    July 16, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ^_^

    I've got three words for you.

    July 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Curious Grandma

    What would happen if Casey does the disappearing act and not show up for her deposition on Oct 8 for her defamation lawsuit?? Knowing that she's a hardened criminal who duped the legal system with her lies, Casey 's capable of doing anything at this point. Would the Orange County judge , FBI, and US Marshal be able to track her down and bring her back to Orlando to answer the deposition ???? I have been wondering about this.

    July 16, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ole Stomping Feet

    Casey is the daughter of Satan...she has no fear of God whatsoever. But, she will have to face her Creator in great fear someday!

    July 16, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Anonymous

    If Casey was an Afro American, Hispanic, Asian, etc who committed this..they would have been thrown in jail and given the death penalty a long time ago. But, Casey is white and young...justice not fair at all. It sickened me to see her walk out free, ride in a gray SUV while leaving so much disarrays behind her ...

    I lived in Pinellas County for years, went to schools, and worked here. The mentality of the people are way way behind times and aren't up to par with the rest of the country. Florida is so backwards ! I wasn't surprise the lackadaisical approach the 12 nimcompoops jurors took in the Casey's verdict. Just listening to the 3 jurors: juror 3, alternate juror Russell Hueckler, and jury foreman sounded so stupid. I hope next time they have a big trial , the judge and the attorneys would choose people that have more smarts and common sense not the bottom of the barrel type individuals like the Casey trial.

    We heard and read how criminals end up marrying their lawyers ..such as killers Oscar Ray Bolling and Claudine Longet (singer Andy Williams's ex) who murdered her live in lover skiier Spider Savitch years ago. With all her flirtings and goo goo eyes with Baez, it wouldn't shock me if she ends up with him...lover, lawyer, and talent agent. Baez thinks she would be his cash cow...well, she is with those big casavas for a little midget like her. She's only5'1" and top heavy for her size!

    The jury, grandparents, and the justice system REALLY FAILED to seek justice for Caylee. The whole trial became JUSTICE FOR CASEY AND SAVE HER A** deal! The only ones that stood for Caylee were the viewers, public, and the prosecution attorneys! Even if the LIARS DEFENSE won this case, the real winners were the ones that stood for Little Caylee who got lost in the shuffle.

    July 17, 2011 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Tonya

      @ Anonymous...Race has nothing to do with this at all! I think Casey is the biggest disgrace to human as you can get! I agree with the fact that they should not have let her out of jail/prison like they did, but I think she will get her just desserts! The one n only true judge (GOD) will give her what she deserves when she comes to stand in front of him! My bets are that she will be spending eternity in HELL!!

      July 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Vanilla

    Hey eligia
    I agree with you her day will come some crazy person will fin her

    July 18, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matthew

    God is not mad, and things don't happen outside His control. Lightning struck HOURS after the release, not the conviction. Florida gets thousands of strikes every day, so this is not a big deal, just a probably a taller tree. If God were expressing His disapproval of the verdict, don't you think He would have simply struck her dead, directly? He rules all things Perhaps His outrage waits to hit the real culprit?

    July 19, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kim Finchum

    Does anyone know the adress where Little Caylees Memorial is, Im going on vacation at Holliday Inn Vacation Orange Lake Resort on the 29th of July and would love to stop by and leave a card and pay my respects,Thank You, Drop me an e-mail at kflipper49@hotmail.com

    July 21, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neutral

      Nooooo! Stay away you freak!

      August 3, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Anonymous

    To Tonya–Agree with your comments

    July 22, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 23, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Randall

    Sure Caylee is with God, hard to accept but it's better there than being with that HEART LESS "family"

    July 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
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