July 5th, 2012
07:30 AM ET

A look back: Casey Anthony found not guilty of killing daughter one year ago

One year ago Thursday, Casey Anthony entered a courtroom in a pink ruffled shirt, her hair pulled back in a ponytail. She waited to learn whether a jury had found her guilty in the death of her daughter, Caylee.

The tension was palpable. The case had gripped the entire country, and emotions were flaring outside the courthouse. Inside, Anthony was biting her nails and her lower lip and taking deep breaths at the defense table.

Then came the words that would divide many: not guilty. Her trial was one that had gripped the nation. It was a summer obsession for many, who stayed glued to the TV from the moment Caylee went missing to the moment that verdict was read.

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Anthony had been found not guilty of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter and of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter. The woman whose face was known around the world, who had been dubbed "tot mom," had her day in court.

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 She wiped tears from her eyes, clutched her attorneys' hands and hugged them.

One year later, Anthony remains in hiding, fearful for her safety and her life. She says she's received numerous threats because people still believe she is guilty of the crime. But she continues to fight to convince them that she is not guilty, exactly the finding a jury decided 12 months ago. Anthony said the world may have one view of her, but she knows who she truly is.

"There’s obviously several misconceptions," Anthony told CNN's Piers Morgan in June. "Obviously, I didn’t kill my daughter."

Anthony told Morgan that she cherished her daughter and did not want to get rid of her, as many people had suggested during and after her trial.

"If anything there’s nothing in this world I’ve ever been more proud of, and there’s no one I loved more than my daughter," Anthony said. "She’s my greatest accomplishment."

As the anniversary nears, here is a look back at evidence and testimony, the verdict as it happened, analysis of the "historic decision" by the jury and some key video from the trial.

Defense: 'Caylee drowned'

The defense argues the Casey Anthony case is not a murder case but a tragic coverup that "snowballed out of control."

Casey: 'All I want is my kid back'

In a conversation taped in jail, Casey Anthony lashes out at the media over coverage of Caylee's disappearance.

Cindy Anthony: 'I lost it'

In court, Casey's mother, Cindy Anthony, describes her journey to finally see Casey and realizing Caylee was missing.

Lee Anthony: 'I was really hurt'

Brother Lee Anthony breaks down in court when asked about Casey's pregnancy.

soundoff (255 Responses)
  1. GAPeach1977

    CNN, check your link from the home page to this article. The headline reads "One year ago today, Casey Anthony found GUILTY of murdering her daughter". I'm sure it's just a typo, but you all are supposed to be professional journalist. One word does make a difference in this story.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jhlang

    LOL. I noticed it too. Whoops. Freudian slip?

    July 3, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Portland tony

    Another Casey Anthony story. Someone on CNN's staff a Casey nut? Trial is over. Find a real story!

    July 3, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      Say "it's over for me"
      For many, it won't be over, till "she is over"...get i?

      July 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary Jane

    She's out there somewhere right now planning her next great adventure...Some poor dude will end up knocking her up and then he'll be stuck with this loser

    July 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Aaron Chaney

    Romney vs. Frankenstein (Obama)

    Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney.

    July 3, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. peace

    Well d deed has been done poor little girl had to be the prey

    July 3, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Maddy Gascar

    Are they going to revisit this bs every year?

    July 3, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |

    It made them money before and saves them money now. to reprint, instead of reporting on the multiple cases, and far more gruesome,that happen within our nationon an almost daily basis by mothers and fathers to their children.

    Of course they are not high profile and have so few characters whose lifestyles so closely match the accused, and therefor commercually exploitable.
    Innocent or guilty one will never know, a tragedy for a child most assurredly, and but a reflection upon our society at large.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hope

    Rest in peace, Caylee. Everybody knows you didn't drown, Sunshine Girl. Keep shinin' til we meet again.


    July 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Hope

    I'm sorry, but who buries a drowning victim under her playhouse, then triple bags her, sprays chloroform all over her, to kill the bugs; drives around with her in the trunk only to throw what's left, after some time, in a swamp?

    At the very least it's abusing a corpse... but I think it was murder.


    July 3, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    I agree...unfortunately, the jury didn't.
    Have a safe and happy 4th!

    July 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Thanks, banasy©!

      You do the same...


      P.S. Be safe...

      July 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat)©


    I was commuting from the Borough of Queens to my job in Manhattan. Id finished reading the morning paper and was saving it to bring to friends on the job. How do you save a newspaper on the subway?

    You sit on it. A new commuter came in, saw the newspaper under my rear and asked the second most stupid question Ive ever heard: Are you reading that paper?

    I stood up, turned the page, sat down on the paper and answered, Yes.

    July 3, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      When I worked downtown, I got asked that all time while I was reading it!
      It's like, "Um, yeah...."

      July 3, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • PRS

      That's from George Carlen's standup routine in the 1970's. No original!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      July 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  13. @ Bobcat

    Thank you for the laugh. TFF!!

    July 3, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    "obviously" she didn't kill her daughter? "obviously"? Really??? She's still buying her own lies and delusions and still trying to sell them to us.

    July 3, 2012 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Donald in CA

    This horrible person should be in a prison cell with o.j simpson and charles manson.

    July 3, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
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