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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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. Bryan

    Funny how all the people that freaked out over this verdict (which was the correct verdict given the charges...the prosecutors screwed up and over-reached) haven't lifted a finger or raised a peep over the thousands of children that have been killed and/or kidnapped in the year since. Real consistent guys.....it's pretty obvious you only cared about Casey going down, not kids.

    July 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TODAY

    Jury believed lier

    July 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  3. geelolickers

    ugh... we're back on this story? Are they going to bring it up again next year at this time?

    July 5, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. deb

    O.K If Casey did not kill Caylee who did. Casey or gGrandma or police don't want to find out who did .Or no one cares as long as Casey did't do it. Explain to me why.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bigida

      They need to take a real hard look at Dad

      July 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. investigation

    So does this mean that the police are still looking for the killer? That must really irk them knowing they are expected to waste time when the real killer will never be brought to trial, again.

    How frustrating for them.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RJ

    For those of you who don't understand the law, Casey Anthony was charged with Manslaughter and Murder. No one ever questioned whether she did it, but without being able to determine which charge she was guilty of, they had to say not guilty on both. You have be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person committed the crime to convict them. No one knows which one it was, so they couldn't convict her.

    It was actually the fault of the prosecution for giving the jury "options" on how she committed it. They were torn so she got off. No one is questioning who killed the girl. They just couldn't pin down which charge again.

    But go on, keep listening to what Nancy Grace tells you. She got a TV show for a reason right? Must have been because she's so knowledgable and ethical!

    July 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. nyclady71

    If she didn't kill her daughter, why is she not out there doing everything in her power to find the supposed killer?

    July 5, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • okiezac

      I never knew Nancy Grace had groupies until I started reading these comments.

      July 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dj

    Does anyone else think she looks like Alyssa Milano

    July 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • conrad

      No, Allysa Milano is beautiful.

      CA has an odd shaped head with neaderthal brow, eyes too close together, and a strange blank stare.

      July 5, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  9. okiezac

    Its comical how many of the individuals who cannot spell are also the individuals who do not understand the legal system in this country.

    She did not have to prove her innocence, the prosecution was burdened with (wait for it) PROVING HER GUILT BEYOND A WHAT?? REASONABLE DOUBT!!

    This is not Judge Joe Brown, so to all you daytime tv watching, 1/2 carton of cig a day smoking, welfare abusing pieces of trailer trash please educate yourselves or stick to debating who's Nascar jacket has the most flare.


    A concerned american.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herky515

      "its" without an apostrophe is possessive, as in "comical belongs to it". "it's" with an apostrophe is a contraction of "it is", as in "it is comical..."

      So, that begs the question, what kind of trailer do you own?
      (or rent... I don't want to be presumptuous)

      July 5, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Herky515

      Same goes for "who's" and "whose", but I didn't want to belabor the point...

      July 5, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • dakattack

      wow, get over "yurself" dude! Your Penthouse has been repoed!

      July 5, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • J1789

      Actually, that's an incorrect use of the phrase, "begs the question." The phrase actually means "assumes the answer to" - which is nearly the opposite of how you used it. And no, it does not mean "demands that you answer the question".

      July 5, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • dakattack

      oh, btw, Denny Hamlin, Hands down

      July 5, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kyle

    The thing I don't understand is, fine there wasn't enough physical evidence to convict her, but how is she not convicted of child endangerment or neglect. She never called the police after her child was missing for over a month. The only reason the police knew the little girl was missing was because Casey's mother called them. So if she never called how long would this have gone on before the police even became involved? These have to be the dumbest jury in history, and if you think I'm un American for speaking freely and questioning our legal system you can move to Russia because I'm more American than you.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      1) She wasn't charged with child endangerment. 2) There's no law that *requires* you to report your child missing within certain period of time. That doesn't qualify as child endangerment under the law. She could have been looking for her child on her own, following her own leads for a month, until she decided that she needed to call the cops. Not saying that happened, just saying it could be her defense. Regardless, not calling authorities to not report a child missing isn't illegal.

      July 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Kareen

    Casey and O.J. should get together when O.J. is free and hunt down the real killers. lol

    July 5, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mtngoatjoe

    The Casey Anthony Jury: Proof positive that it is indeed possible to find the 12 stupidest people in Florida and put them on the same jury.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Henry

    Juries are NEVER picked randomly. That's what Voir dire (questioning of potential jurors ) is all about.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bigida

    Why can not CNN dump Nancy Grace. She is the MOST offensive woman ?? that I have ever seen

    July 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. twh

    I'm surprised Casey is still alive.

    July 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chad

      She's physically attractive hence the reason she's still breathing.

      July 5, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
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