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. ObamaJoe

    Who cares,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    But ,,,,,,,,,if she is guilty but found not guilty ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,improve the judgement system,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    That's the right thing to do,,,,,,,,,,,,

    July 5, 2012 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Michele

      if you took the time to post you must care

      July 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kathy Smith

    This is not news TODAY!!!
    It is not newsworthy.
    Do not give this family and her lawyers any press.
    They just want to sell books

    July 5, 2012 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • ladylillie62

      So, why did you read it and respond to it?

      July 5, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jackie

    I have totally been thinking about how it has been a year since that horrible verdict. I followed that trial closely. The verdict disgust me just as much now as it did one year ago, and I still feel like throwing up every time I think about it. Shame on those lazy, stupid jurors!

    July 5, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • The Truth

      Of course you are right Jackie, don't listen to anyone who says otherwise. Just remember one thing – the jury foreman bragged after the trial how easy it was for him to sway the jurors who wanted to convict Casey on one of the more serious charges. If it wasn't for the foreman it would have been a hung jury at best for Casey!

      July 5, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • OMG

      Get over it, you are lazy have not thing to do, but following the trail. She is no guity. Great system

      July 5, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
  4. GenericMan

    Nothing to see here, found innocent. Move on with your lives.

    July 5, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. yahmez

    The prosecution in the Casey Anthony trial went about it all wrong. They tried to prove Caylee's death was a murder, and set about to prove exactly how it happened with insufficient evidence. The jury did the right thing and found Casey Anthony 'not guilty'. Although Casey did lie to police and conceal Caylee's body, it was not possible to prove murder charges with the evidence at hand.

    July 5, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. ninjaguy

    Agreed just like poor zimmerman.can't even defend your life in this country Damn liberals they wanna wrap us all in bubblewrap and take our guns away

    July 5, 2012 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Joseph

      Yeah, because what we need is a bunch of paranoid idiot's like you running around with a gun.

      July 5, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigida

      ninjaguy YES

      July 5, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobbierdorf

      I'll remember that if I ever see you walking down my street looking "funny."

      July 5, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jason

    Wondering if anyone else noticed in the Piers morgan clip, Cheney Mason says how Casey's reaction was different after her "child disappears". That wasn't their defense, it was that Caylee drowned and George covered it up....no?

    July 5, 2012 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jeanne

    Please let this story go. Not guilty is not innocent. She is as self centered today as a year ago. Mother of course forgiving and father trashed. What is new in this family?

    July 5, 2012 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. Saidso

    That was a year ago???

    July 5, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Nancy Disgrace

    CNN should at least be honest and give up all presences of being a legitimate news organization with any shred of journalistic integrity. It's basically a socially-leftist version of Fox News but with more annoying, less competent "journalists" [sic.] (if that's possible)

    July 5, 2012 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. JL

    She's guilty. I'm glad at least the public is punishing her for the crime she committed. Horrible.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • ninjaguy

      I'm sorry I forgot u witnessed the crime ...do any of u people believe in the justice system or are all you just stupid .and believes only what u want even when all the evidence proves u innocent.then Casey Anthony.now zimmerman.who next? We need to stop all of the media assassins.because they wind up all the idiots like up here into believing bs

      July 5, 2012 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  12. TheXDude

    It may be a slow news day, but is this really necessary? Really? How about making better use of your time and energy and report on some positive news for a change... No one wants to read about this crap again. It serves absolutely no purpose and isn't even news.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • ladylillie62

      Relly? No one wants to read it....hmmm...well, you obviously wanted to. And since there were 115 responses so far at least 115 other people did. Now that's not even including the people who don't respond.

      July 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joni Alexander

    How are we supposed to accept the murder of an innocent, pure, trusting, dependent 2 year old? She didn't do it herself, for crying out loud! Her grandmother and grandfather know WHO murdered Caylee, and have chosen not to acknowledge it, as well as Jose Baez, Cheney Mason and all the other fame and money mongers associated with her 'defense'.....(haven't they shown their colors?) If it weren't for Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick that baby would have died without ANY defense at all.

    July 5, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  14. JS

    CASEY ANTHONY for PRESIDENT– they're both criminals who get away with murder!! CASEY 2012

    July 5, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. LMR

    Are we going to continue to observe this date in history forever? For Heaven's sake, let it go already! And just for the record, "Not Guilty" is a legal term and does NOT mean "innocent". A jury cannot, and in this case, did not, find a defendant "innocent".

    July 5, 2012 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Nikki

      I agree with you wholeheartedly! Let's move on.

      July 5, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • thomas

      I guess CNN wants to wring out the last drop of revenue from this old story.

      July 5, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • jdmortag

      It is ONE YEAR AGO... We are not 5 years removed. And it IS important to remember as Casey Anthony NEEDS to be REMINDED of what SHE DID. And yes I was yelling at you with the CAPS. SMH..

      July 5, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
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      July 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
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