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Casey Anthony is Found Not Guilty of Murder… Here are the 10 Things You Need to Know

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Yesterday, after only two days of deliberating, the jury in the CASEY ANTHONY trial came back with their verdict.  And it shocked most legal experts.  They found her NOT GUILTY of murdering her two-year-old daughter.

Here are the 10 things you need to know to be fully caught up on the case.

#1.) In June of 2008, when Casey Anthony was only 22, her two-year-old daughter Caylee disappeared in Florida.  Anthony was eventually arrested for child neglect, and when chloroform was found in her car, she was charged with murder.

#2.) Six months later, Caylee’s bones were found in the woods near their home.  She had been covered in duct tape.

#3.) ALL evidence pointed to Anthony.  The most damning were computer records showing she’d Googled terms like “neck breaking” and “how to make chloroform.”  And a heart-shaped sticker was found on the duct tape on Caylee.

#4.) The trial lasted for seven weeks.  The prosecution believed Anthony had suffocated her daughter, then driven around with her and finally buried her in the woods.

#5.) The defense tried to prove that all the evidence was circumstantial.  They said Caylee drowned and Anthony panicked and covered up the death, burying her daughter in the backyard.

#6.) Legal experts believed Anthony would be found guilty of murdering her daughter.  If so, prosecutors planned to seek the death penalty.

#7.) The jury of seven women and five men returned a verdict of not guilty for murder, not guilty of aggravated child abuse, and not guilty of aggravated manslaughter.  Under double jeopardy laws she cannot be tried for those again.

#8.) They did find Anthony guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.  She could get up to one year in jail for each count and will be sentenced tomorrow.

#9.) None of the jurors spoke with the media yesterday but it’s believed that they’ll say the prosecution didn’t meet the burden of proof.

#10.) After the verdict was delivered, the Internet EXPLODED… at one point, nine of the 10 trending topics on Twitter were about the trial… with the overwhelming majority of people absolutely SHOCKED and DISGUSTED at the result.

(Time / CNN)

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