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.

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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. V. Wurthmann

    Didn't you mean to start this article with "A year ago Tuesday" instead of Thursday? I still feel sick for those grandparents and that beautiful little girl.

    July 5, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JWT

    The jury made the right legal decision. Kudos to them

    July 5, 2012 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • peridot2

      You're absolutely right. The police screwed up by ignoring the report of Caylee's body discovered in the woods. The prosecutor also mishandled the filing of the charges in the case. It's a crying shame Caylee didn't find justice in court.

      We all know Casey's mother lied about the records on her computer. This dysfunctional family is broken beyond all repair. They all deserve one another. Their lies will haunt them forever. That will be their punishment. One cannot think of a better.

      July 6, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. yvette

    Not even worth a comment. She's guilty as hell!!!!

    July 5, 2012 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jason83

    I second that.

    July 5, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ancient Texan

    THe jury blew this one, just the O.J. Simpson one did. Next change for a jury to miss the correct verdict will be the Zimmerman trial.

    July 5, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeannine

    wow!! cant it is one year already that a GUILTY woman gets to "walk" with absoluely NO JUSTICE served! As one other person said earlier, "I still cant believe that she (Casey) is still alive" – amen to that, neither can I! Casey has to look at herself every day in the mirror.... I couldnt do it!!!! As far as the jury is concerned, they were either paid off (like O.J. Simpsons jury) or every single one of them had no brain! Little Caylee is in heaven nownn & I know that, that iis one place Casey nor the Jury will see!!
    Rest in peace sweet lil Kaylee!!

    July 6, 2012 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jennifer

    Just to clarify, You HAVE legal training!! good for you. This forum is for people to express their opinions.
    This is not a attorney forum to discuss legal facts. Although I am sure its open for anyone to comment on. Thanks for making sure everyone knows how smart you are. People are allowed to express their opinions without your "legal training backlash".

    July 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. fringedweller

    "Kneeling on bare rock...a mean ego vanishes. I become a transparent eyeball; i am nothing; i see all; the current of the Universal Being circulates through me...and i am particle of God". – R. W. Emerson
    Judge not so that you will not be judged

    July 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Whoopingcough

    she has a pretty dirty car...

    July 7, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. R Patton

    Only one person really knows.

    July 7, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Johnross1968

    I hope Nancy Graceless is somewhere having a stroke over this.

    July 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Nanita

    We will never know.She committed the perfect crime. but i bet her life out of jail is nothing compare of what she had plan.

    July 8, 2012 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Susan

    If I learned anything from this whole case, it's that a person is not necessarily innocent even if their found not guilty in a court of law.

    July 8, 2012 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  14. andrea

    who cares, and CNN is sorry as hell and must NEED ratings to keep putting these evil people on that tv screen,,,,people don't care where that baby killer is, nor do they care what that evil lawyer is up to. I see the lawyer is up to defending that man who took that woman on a vacation and she disappeared, and now he is filing for the insurance money...what a scam and anyone that doesn't think that man killed that women is a stupid fool..evidence or no evidence, and people like that man Baez gets these killers off so it seems everyday....CNN is a sorry excuse for news these days....going to the dogs

    July 9, 2012 at 6:51 am | Report abuse |
  15. andrea

    It's agencies like CNN that keep that evil woman and her lawyer in the spotlight....what smucks....CNN will sell out to the devil it seems for a rating.

    July 9, 2012 at 6:52 am | Report abuse |
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