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On July 5, 2011, following nearly six weeks of testimony, an Orlando, Florida, jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter. The jury chairwoman reads the verdict to a packed courtroom.


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Casey Anthony was arrested for the first time on July 16, after her story that she left Caylee at the apartment of a babysitter is found to be untrue. Casey was charged with child neglect.


Timeline: The Casey Anthony Saga, Spanning Three Years, Comes to a Close

The drama has ended. For now.

Today, after a six-week trial, a jury found Casey Anthony, the 25-year-old Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, not guilty of murder, but guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement personnel.

Below is a timeline of the Anthony case from summer 2008, when Caylee was first reported missing, to the present.

June 15, 2008: Caylee Anthony was last seen visiting her great-grandfather at an assisted living facility.

July 15, 2008: Casey Anthony’s mother Cindy reports that Caylee has been missing for a month. In a call to the 9-1-1 dispatcher, she says, “There is something wrong. I found my daughter’s car today [and] it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.”

July 16, 2008: Police arrest Casey for child neglect, providing false information to investigators, and obstructing a criminal investigation.

August 21, 2008: Casey is released from prison. California bounty hunter Leonard Padilla posted the $500,000 bond a day earlier in order to get more information from Casey about her daughter’s whereabouts.

August 29, 2008: Police re-arrest Casey for charges independent of the Caylee case, which include petty theft and falsifying checks. Her $500,000 bail is revoked, and her new bail is posted as $503, 200.

September 3, 2008: Evidence reveals that chloroform was found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car.

October 14, 2008: Casey Anthony is indicted on seven counts, including first-degree murder.

November 26, 2008: Documents reveal that the terms “neck breaking,” “lost numbers,” “how to make chloroform,” and “household weapons” were Google-searched on a computer that Casey Anthony also accessed.

December 11, 2008: Human bones, suspected to be Caylee’s, are found in the woods near the Anthony home.

December 19, 2008: Medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia declares that the remains do belong to Caylee and confirms the toddler’s death.

January 13, 2009: Roy Kronk, the utility worker who found Caylee’s remains, denies that he played any role in Caylee’s disappearance.

January 23, 2009: After he goes missing for a day, George Anthony, Casey’s father, is hospitalized for reportedly trying to commit suicide.

April 13, 2009: Prosecutors begin to pursue the death penalty for Casey.

December 18, 2009: Judge Stan Strickland rejects the defense’s request to take the death penalty out of the picture, arguing that the jury will decide whether that is the proper punishment.

January 26, 2010: Casey pleaded guilty to 13 check-fraud charges. She was accused of going on a “spending spree” while Caylee was still missing in summer 2008.

March 8, 2010: Judge determines that the trial will take place on May 9, 2011.

March 19, 2010: Judge deems Casey indigent, meaning that taxpayers will pay for her defense.

April 19, 2010: Judge Strickland steps down after cameras caught him having an “inappropriate conversation” about the case with blogger Dave Knechel. Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., takes over.

July 15, 2010: Judge rules Cindy’s 9-1-1 call will be used in the trial.

April 26, 2011: Judge allows the prosecution to present “controversial” evidence to the jury: an FBI analyst to testify regarding a heart-shaped sticker on a piece of duct tape found stuck to Caylee’s head a K-9 unit handler to talk about the dog’s findings near the trunk of Casey’s car and the state to discuss a strand of hair found in the trunk that is said to come from a decomposing body.

May 9, 2011: Jury selection for the trial begins.

May 24, 2011: The prosecution argues that Casey knocked-out her daughter using chloroform, duct-taped her mouth shut, and tossed her body in the woods. Defense lawyer Jose Baez argues that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family’s backyard pool on June 16, 2008. He also maintained that Casey’s father George and brother Lee sexually molested Casey when she was a young girl.

June 23, 2011: Casey’s mother Cindy claims that she, not Casey, Google-searched “chloroform” to figure out whether the chemical “chlorophyll” in bamboo was making her dog tired.

July 1, 2011: Prosecutors bring in Cindy Anthony’s co-workers to testify that Casey’s mother was working and could not have been at home to do those Internet searches.

July 3, 2011: Heated closing arguments take place.

July 5, 2011: Jury deems Casey not guilty of murder, but guilty of providing false information to investigators. Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday.


June 9, 2008 – Casey Anthony and her daughter, Caylee, move out of Casey's parents - Cindy and George Anthony - home, and in with her ex-boyfriend, Ricardo Morales, and friend, Amy Huizenga. [1]

June 15, 2008 – Caylee is videotaped visiting an assisted living facility with grandmother Cindy Anthony that morning, who is visiting her father. [2] Cindy swims with Caylee in the Anthonys' pool later that day, afterwards removing the ladder and closing the gate. [1]

June 16, 2008 – Caylee is last seen alive at the Anthony family residence. According to the defense, Caylee drowned in the family's above-ground swimming pool sometime during this day and both Casey and George Anthony panicked upon finding the body and covered up her death. [1] [2] [3] The timeline of that day follows:

  • 7:00 a.m. Cindy Anthony testified that she left for work a few minutes before 7:00 a.m. while everyone in the home was still asleep. [4]
  • 7:52 a.m. Activity from Casey Anthony's password-protected account on MySpace and research for "shot girls" costumes for Tony Lazarro's night club events. [4]
  • 7:56 a.m. AIM account was used to chat on the computer. [4]
  • 12:50 p.m. According to George Anthony, Caylee departed with Casey by car around 12:50 p.m. with backpacks on their shoulders. (Note: Although George testified that Casey and Caylee left the house at 12:50, there is further computer activity on the home computer associated with Casey's account and her cell phone pings do not leave the area of the Anthony family home until 4:11 pm.) [4]
  • 1:39 p.m. Activity associated with Casey's AIM, MySpace, and Facebook accounts at 1:39 p.m. on the home computer. The last browser activity during that session is at 1:42 p.m. [4]
  • 1:44 p.m. Casey calls friend Amy Huizenga. [4]
  • 2:21 p.m. Call with Amy Huizenga ends. [4]
  • 2:30 p.m. George Anthony testified that he left the home at this time to go to work.
  • 2:49 p.m. Casey Anthony's cellphone connects with a tower nearest to the home, and the Anthony family's desktop computer is activated by someone using a password-protected account Casey Anthony used. [4]
  • 2:51 p.m. A Google search is made for the term "fool-proof suffocation," misspelling the last word as "suffication". The user clicks on an article criticizing pro-suicide websites that promote "foolproof" ways to die. [4]
  • 2:52 p.m. Activity on MySpace. [4]
  • 2:52 p.m. Casey answers phone call from Jesse Grund. He describes this conversation as "abnormal", where Casey stated to him that her parents were divorcing and she had to find a new place to live. [4]
  • 3:04 p.m. Casey disconnected the phone call from Jesse Grund to take an incoming call from George Anthony. According to the defense, the 26-second call from her father took place as soon as he got to work to tell her "I took care of everything," telling her he disposed of the body and warning her not to tell her mother about the child's death. [4]
  • 3:34 p.m. Casey made a phone call to her boyfriend, Tony Lazarro. Unanswered. [4]
  • Between 4:10 and 4:14 p.m. Casey made six unanswered phone calls to her mother. [5]
  • 4:11 p.m. Casey's cellphone pings indicate it was at or near the house until she headed toward Lazzaro's apartment at 4:11 p.m.
  • 7:54 p.m. She and Lazzaro are seen entering and walking around casually at a Blockbuster video store. Caylee is not with them. [6]

June 17, 2008 – George and Cindy Anthony notice that the gate to the swimming pool is open and the ladder is next to the pool. [1] [7]

June 20, 2008 – Casey Anthony is captured in various photos partying at the Fusion nightclub and participating in a "hot body contest". [8]

June 23, 2008 – Anthony Lazzaro testified that he helped Casey break into the shed at her parents' home to take gas cans for Casey's car, which had run out of gas. Lazarro said he watched Casey open the trunk of her car. Although he did not see the inside of the trunk, he said there was no odor that he could detect. [9]

June 24, 2008 – George Anthony called police to report the break-in and report the gas cans missing. Later this day, he saw Casey at the Anthony residence and confronted her about taking them. George said that when he went to get them out of his daughter's car, she ran past him, quickly opened the trunk and retrieved the gas cans herself, yelling, "Here's your fucking gas cans!" George testified that he smelled gasoline in the car, but did not detect any other odors. [9]

June 30, 2008 – Casey's car is towed from a parking lot after being there for several days her purse and a child's car seat are found in the car's back seat. [1]

July 2, 2008 – Casey gets a tattoo on her back saying "Bella Vita" which means "beautiful life" in Italian. [2]

July 15, 2008 – George and Cindy Anthony pick up Casey's car from the impound yard. George Anthony observes a strong odor emanating from the vehicle. An inspection of the car trunk reveals a plastic bag containing trash. Distressed because Casey has not brought Caylee home in a month, Cindy tracks down and meets with Amy Huizenga who takes Cindy to the apartment where Casey is staying and makes Casey come home. [1] Casey tells her parents that she hasn't seen Caylee in a month and that a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez ("Zanny") may have kidnapped her. Cindy Anthony immediately calls 911 and reports her granddaughter Caylee missing. [10]

July 16, 2008 – Police investigators discover Casey Anthony has been lying about her place of employment and where she says her nanny lives. As a result, Casey is arrested and charged with child neglect, making false official statements, and obstructing an investigation. [1] [2] [11]

July 17, 2008 – Casey appears in court, during which time the judge denies bail, saying she showed a "woeful disregard for the welfare of her child." The policemen from the Sheriff's Office search Casey's car and takes several items of evidence. [1]

July 18, 2008 – Casey Anthony hires Jose Baez as her legal attorney, [12] who writes a letter to Orange County Sheriff's Office about Casey's willingness to cooperate with law enforcement. [13]

July 22, 2008 – Because of police testimony about allegedly incriminating evidence from the car, Circuit Court Judge Stan Strickland sets Casey Anthony's bail at $500,000. [2]

July 29, 2008 – Judge denies defense motion to ban the release to the media all jailhouse recordings, 911 tapes and visitor logs. [2] Florida public records law mandates record requests by media be honored promptly. [14] Over the next three years thousands of pages of audio, video, forensic information and legal documents detailing the criminal investigations will be released. [15]

August 5, 2008 – The State Attorney's Office files formal charges against Casey Anthony for one felony count of child neglect. [1]

August 8, 2008 – WFTV reports that investigators suspect Caylee may have drowned in the family swimming pool on June 16. [1]

August 11, 12, 13 – Meter reader Roy Kronk reports suspicious bag to police. [16] A police officer meets Kronk at the scene and Kronk tells him he had seen a skull and bones in a bag. However, the officer was rude and conducted only a cursory search. [17]

August 21, 2008 – After bail bondsman Leonard Padilla pays Casey Anthony's $500,000 bail [1] she is fitted with an electronic monitoring device and released. [2] [18]

August 29, 2008 – Casey Anthony is arrested again on charges of writing four checks worth nearly $650 on Amy Huizenga's checking account without permission. [19] [20] Orange County police said the charges are "unrelated to the investigation." [21] Prosecutors offer Casey a limited immunity deal related to "the false statements given to law enforcement about locating her child." She refuses it soon after. [2] (The offer is renewed on August 25 [22] and again refused. [23] )

September 5, 2008 – Casey Anthony's parents post a $500,000 bond and she is released from county jail into their custody after being fitted with an electronic tracking device. [24] [25] [26]

September 6, 2008 – Deputies seize a handgun from the trunk of George Anthony's car because having a gun on the property violates Casey's bail. [2] George says he planned to use it to force Casey's friends to tell him what happened to Caylee. [27]

September 10, 2008 – The whole family allegedly refuses to take a lie detector test offered by both the FBI and local authorities. [1] [28]

September 15–16, 2008 – Casey Anthony turns herself in on new check fraud charges, fraudulent use of identification, and petty theft. [1] She is released the next day on $1,250 bond, and again fitted with an electronic tracking device. [2]

September 25, 2008 – Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, the woman Casey Anthony reportedly named as an alleged baby sitter and suspect in the case, files a defamation lawsuit against her. [29]

October 14, 2008 – Casey Anthony is indicted by a grand jury on charges of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and four counts of providing false information to police. She is arrested later that day. [30] [31] Judge John Jordan orders that she be held without bond. [32] Because it is a capital crime, Casey Anthony faces possible death penalty. [2] [33]

October 21, 2008 – Charges of child neglect are dropped against Casey Anthony on assumption the child is dead. [34] On October 28 Casey Anthony is arraigned and pleads not guilty to all charges. [35]

November 8–9, 2008 – Texas EquuSearch leads hundreds of volunteers in a search of a grid for Caylee, but when nothing is found they suspend their search. [1] [2]

November 15, 2008 – The Anthony family's private investigator, Dominic Casey, searches the area where Caylee's remains later are found. The search is videotaped. The family's attorney denies asking Dominic Casey to search there. The defense questioned who sent him to the area he said that a psychic gave him the tip. [36] According to the prosecution, the area was under several inches of water at the time. [37]

December 5, 2008 – The state initially says it will not seek the death penalty against Casey Anthony. [2]

December 11, 2008 – After yet a fourth tip from Roy Kronk, skeletal remains of what appeared to be a small child are found one-quarter mile from the Anthony home. [2] Orange County Sheriff's Office obtains warrant and searches Anthony residence. [1]

December 19, 2008 – Police announce DNA testing confirms that the remains belong to Caylee Anthony. [29] [38]

January 23, 2009 – Police discover George Anthony, who had been text messaging family members, despondent and possibly under the influence of alcohol and medication in a hotel room. Police also discovered a lengthy suicide note. [2] [29]

January 29, 2009 – Judge Stan Strickland orders Casey Anthony to appear at all court hearings in her case. [2]

April 14, 2009 – The State of Florida reverses self and will seek the imposition of the death penalty. [29] [39]

September 17, 2009 – Casey Anthony's defense team files a motion to dismiss the murder charges against her because the state allegedly failed to preserve evidence in the case. The motion is denied. [1]

November 24, 2009 – Defense attorneys accuse Texas EquuSearch's Tim Miller of lying to the court in their claim that only 32 people searched in the area where Caylee's remains were eventually found and that the number was much higher. [2]

December 18, 2009 – Judge Stan Strickland denies a request to take the death penalty off the table in the prosecution of Casey Anthony. [1]

January 26, 2010 – Casey pleads guilty for 13 fraudulent check charges, takes responsibility for her actions, [2] and makes full restitution. The judge sentences her to time served. [20]

April 19, 2010 – Judge Stan Strickland steps down after Casey Anthony's defense team files a motion accusing him of having inappropriate conversations with a writer, Dave Knechel, who blogged about the case. Strickland granted the motion because the accusation would "generate renewed allegations of bias". Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. is appointed to take over the case. [1] [2]

May 11, 2010 – Judge Perry will allow the state to seek the death penalty. [2]

August 14, 2010 – Cindy Anthony appears as a guest on the "Today" Show where she calls Casey a victim, and also claims she's not involved with what happened to Caylee's remains. [2]

August 16, 2010 – George and Cindy Anthony's attorney, Brad Conway, steps down because he disputes a Jose Baez motion claiming Conway was given unrestricted access to documents belonging to Texas EquuSearch to which he was not given the same access. [1]

January 4, 2011 – Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. postpones ruling on over two dozen defense motions to exclude evidence from the trial. [40] Over the next several months Perry rules for or against these various motions to exclude evidence. [2] He admonishes, and later financially sanctions, defense attorney Jose Baez for failing to turn over expert witness discovery information to prosecutors before a certain deadline. [41]

April 1, 2011 – After numerous outbursts by lawyers in court over what is and is not scientific evidence, Judge Perry ruled more such behavior would result in a fine of $100 per outburst, with the proceeds to go to the United Way. [2]

May 20, 2011 – After eleven days of jury selection, Judge Perry swears in a jury of five men and seven women, plus three men and two women as alternate jurors. [2]

May 24, 2011 – Trial begins in Orlando, Florida. The prosecution states Casey Anthony used duct tape to suffocate Caylee Anthony. The defense contends the child actually drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool, that Casey's father George Anthony warned Casey she would be imprisoned for life for child neglect and then covered up the death thus she failed to report the incident for 31 days. Also, because George Anthony had sexually molested Casey as a child she had a habit of hiding her pain and lying. [42] Baez admits Casey had fabricated the story of the nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzales. [43] Baez also questions whether Roy Kronk, who found the remains, actually removed them from elsewhere and questioned police motivations for pursuing a murder investigation. [42] [44] [45] Prosecutors call George Anthony as their first witness and he denies to them having ever sexually abused his daughter Casey or covering up the death of Caylee. [46]

May 25, 2011 – The prosecution calls various friends of Casey Anthony who testify about her fabricated stories during June and July 2008 of having a job and employing a nanny for Caylee. A neighbor testifies that in mid-June 2008 Casey and a boyfriend borrowed a shovel from him to dig up a bamboo root. [47]

May 26, 2011 – Former boyfriend testifies Casey told him her brother, Lee Anthony, sexually groped her. George Anthony is called back to the witness stand where he says that he did not smell decomposition in Casey's car on June 24, 2008 and states he put duct tape over a hole in one of the plastic gas cans she had returned to him. [48]

May 27, 2011 – A tow truck company manager and George Anthony testify that from their experience the smell from Casey's car resembled human decomposition. [49] During cross-examination, George Anthony tells Jose Baez that he did not sexually abuse Casey. [50]

May 28, 2011 – Former boyfriend testifies about Casey's normal behavior on June 16, 2008. Cindy Anthony testifies that they swam that day and that Caylee could get up the ladder into the pool. She also believed Casey worked at Universal Studios Orlando Resort and had a babysitter named Zanny. [51]

May 31, 2011 – Cindy Anthony says her description of Casey's car smelling "like someone died" was just a "figure of speech." She tried to get rid of the smell by spraying Febreze household odor eliminator. She says she found the pool ladder in the pool the evening of June 16. Casey's friend Amy Huizenga talks of Casey's frustration about getting help with Caylee and reveals that on June 27, Casey texted her about a dead animal on the frame of the car. [52]

June 1, 2011 – The first officers to arrive at the Anthony home on July 16, 2008 testify that they did not smell human decomposition in Casey's car and admit they did not search the other two family cars. They also testify about Casey going to Universal Orlando Resort with Casey that day, where she confessed she no longer worked there and did not have a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez. [53]

June 2, 2011 – Video tapes are shown of Casey lying to her parents in jail and denying to an officer on July 16, 2008 that Caylee had drowned in the pool, as he suggested. [54]

June 3, 2011 – Investigators describe evidence collection from Casey's car and obtaining from the towing yard the plastic garbage bag that had been in it. One investigator states he smelled human decomposition. [55]

June 4, 2011 – An FBI forensic scientist testifies the single hair removed from the car trunk was similar to a hair from Caylee's hair brush and had "root-banding" consistent with that from a decomposing body. [56]

June 6, 2011 – Dr. Arpad Vass of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory describes using a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer to find signs of human decomposition and a high level of chloroform in the trunk of Casey's car. The defense challenges Vass' financial motivation and the chain of evidence. [57] [58]

June 7, 2011 – FBI forensic chemist confirms chloroform residue in trunk of Casey's car, but also states that household cleaning products leave traces of chloroform. A dog handler describes dog alerting to human decomposition in the trunk, as well as Caylee's playhouse. [57]

June 8, 2011 – Second dog handler says his dog smelled decomposition in back yard. Computer analysts confirm a search for "chloroform" on Casey's computer March 17, 2008 and "how to make chloroform" on March 21, 2008. [59]

June 9, 2011 – Software analyst John Bradley states someone used the Anthony computer to search the website Sci-spot.com for "chloroform" 84 times on March 21, 2008. During cross-examination, he admits that automatic page reloading could account for that number and there was no way of knowing who performed the searches. [60] Investigators show photographs of the remains, including of duct tape that appears to be over the mouth area. One admits that duct tape might not originally have been on the mouth and could have shifted position as he collected remains. Casey Anthony becomes ill looking at the photographs and the jury is dismissed for the day. [61]

June 10, 2011 – Medical examiner states that the death is ruled a homicide because of the delay in reporting the disappearance, the fact the body was hidden, and the existence of duct tape, but states under cross-examination she did not know how the child died. [62] Crime scene investigators describe similar maggots found in the car trunk and at the crime scene. [63]

June 11, 2011 – An expert in forensic entomology states he found flies related to decomposition in the trunk of Casey's car. Orange County, Florida crime scene investigators identify a piece of Henkel brand duct tape found at the scene and testify it is the same brand as George Anthony put on the red gas can. One states that no Henkel brand tape was found elsewhere in the Anthonys' home. [64]

June 13, 2011 – FBI examiner states a hair from the child's skull is consistent with but not identical to the single hair found in the trunk. FBI agent could not find any fingerprints on duct tape found near the remains but initially did find adhesive in the shape of a heart on a corner of a piece of duct tape later she could not find it again. [65] [66] [67]

June 14, 2011 – FBI quality assurance specialist says the hair found in trunk could have come from any member of the Anthony family. [68] A crime scene investigator says heart shaped stickers were found in Casey's room but did not link them to the one alleged to be on the duct tape. [69] Testimony about and photo of Casey's "Bella Vita" tattoo made on July 2, 2008. [70]

June 15, 2011 – Prosecution rests its case. Defense makes a motion to acquit based on insufficient evidence a murder was committed, which the judge denies based on previous case rulings. [71]

June 16, 2011 – Defense begins its case, often recalling state witnesses for further testimony. Crime scene investigator says no blood was found in Casey's car or incriminating stains on her clothes. [72] FBI analyst states no DNA evidence was found in the car or at the crime scene. She states FBI did a paternity test that showed Lee Anthony was not Caylee's father. [73] Crime scene investigator and forensics supervisor state a heart-shaped sticker was found far from the body. An FBI forensic document examiner found no evidence of a heart shaped sticker on the duct tape found near the remains. [72] [73]

June 17, 2011 – Forensic entomologist called by the defense states if there was a body in the trunk, there should have been hundreds or even thousands of blow flies trapped in the trunk as well. [74]

June 18, 2011 – Defense calls a new witness, Dr. Werner Spitz, who questions the medical examiner's autopsy, including the failure to open the skull, and says there was no indication the death was a homicide. He believes the duct tape was placed on the skull after decomposition and that the crime scene photos of the position of the hair on the skull were staged, possibly by the medical examiner. [75]

June 21, 2011 – A defense-called forensic botanist challenges the prosecution's theory of when the body was placed at the crime scene. An expert in analytical chemistry who works with Dr. Vass challenges the process of testing for the presence of chloroform. [76]

June 22, 2011 – An FBI forensic examiner says no dirt from the crime scene was found on shoes at the Anthony home or a neighbor's borrowed shovel. FBI forensic toxicologist found no toxins in the hair from Caylee Anthony's skull. A scientist who worked with Dr. Vass who testifies tests did not conclusively prove there was a body in the trunk. The FBI's forensic chemist examiner could not find traces of chloroform in the car. The FBI forensics expert found no hair in the trunk liner showing signs of decomposition. She also testified the duct tape at the crime scene was dissimilar to that in the Anthony home. [77]

June 23, 2011 – An FBI hair and fiber expert says only one hair from the car truck had a sign of decomposition. There is a long debate among prosecutors and defense over the reliability of "root banding." An expert in forensic toxicology testifies Dr. Vass's test "lacked organization and planning" and had "minimal standards of quality control." He also mentions that chloroform is a byproduct of chlorinated swimming pool water. [78]

June 24, 2011 – Cindy Anthony is recalled to the stand where the defense shows her a photograph of Caylee on the pool ladder and she again mentions the ladder was in the pool on June 16 when she returned home from work that evening, adding that she called George to ask about it since she took out the ladder from the pool on the previous day after swimming there with Caylee. The defense also showed the jury a picture of Caylee appearing to open a sliding-glass door at her home. Cindy says Caylee was capable of opening the sliding door to the back yard and the pool. [79] Lee Anthony states he was not told Casey was pregnant until days before Caylee's birth. Search volunteer testifies about duct tape being used at search headquarters. [80]

June 25, 2011 – Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. temporarily halts proceedings after defense motion to determine if Anthony was competent to proceed with trial, based on a privileged communication from Casey Anthony. [81] [82] [83]

June 27, 2011 – Casey Anthony is found competent to continue after psychological evaluation. [84] June 27 also is the date the prosecution states it discussed with defense attorney Jose Baez software analyst John Bradley's post-testimony admission to prosecutors that there was only one search for chloroform, not 84. [85] [86] In testimony, the lead detective admits cadaver dogs had not searched inside the Anthonys' home, or in two other Anthony cars. A professor of chemistry called by the defense says there is no scientifically valid instrument that can identify decomposition, [82] that there is no consensus on what chemicals are typical of human decomposition [87] and that chemical compounds identified by Dr. Vass in air samples can be found in household products and garbage. Three witnesses discuss the November 2008 videotaped search by Anthony family private investigators in the woods where Caylee's body later was found. [82]

June 28, 2011 – A Texas EquuSearch team letter discusses their November search for Caylee of the site where the body later was found. George Anthony denies he had an affair with Krystal Holloway, borrowed money from her, or told her Caylee's death was "an accident that snowballed out of control." He admits going to her home and sending her a text message. He testifies he bought a gun to threaten Casey's friends into telling him where Caylee was, even though he knew having one violated Casey's bail. Cindy Anthony denies she sent private investigators to search the site where Caylee's body later was found her son Lee Anthony and the case's lead detective then testify she did so, after talking to a psychic. [88] Roy Kronk testifies about his calls to police and finding the body. He denies he told his son finding the body would make him rich and famous, [89] but admits he did receive $5,000 after Caylee's remains were identified. [88] Judge Perry does not allow jury to hear Casey's ex-fiancée say that Casey told him Lee had once tried to grope her while she was sleeping. [90]

June 29, 2011 – Cindy Anthony says Casey's response to the media theory that Caylee drowned was "Surprise. Surprise." Baez asks George Anthony about his suicide attempt in January 2009 and the next day the judge allows the jury to see the suicide note. [91] [92] Roy Kronk's son states that Kronk did say that finding Caylee Anthony would making him rich and famous. Kronk testifies about why he changed his story about lifting the skull. An expert on grief and trauma testifies that pretending nothing had happened and partying was one of many different ways people, especially young people, express grief. [91]

June 30, 2011 – Casey Anthony tells Judge Perry she does not want to testify. [93] Perry will not allow the jury to sniff air samples from the car trunk. [68] / [94] Defense calls search volunteer Krystal Holloway who states that she had an affair with George Anthony. She states that George Anthony told her that Caylee's death was "an accident that snowballed out of control." Under cross-examination, she also agreed with her earlier statement to police in which she said George Anthony did not say he knew it was an accident. After Holloway steps down, Judge Perry tells jurors that her testimony could be used to impeach George Anthony's credibility, but that it is not proof of how Caylee died. [91] [95] George, Cindy and Lee Anthony all testify that their pets had been buried in the back yard. Cindy calls it a "tradition" to wrap them in blankets and a plastic bag duct tape was used to keep the plastic bags from opening. After this final witness, the defense rests. [93] The prosecutor rebuttal begins with showing the jury photographs of Caylee's clothes and George's suicide note. [96]

July 1, 2011 – The prosecution continues rebuttal with two representatives of Cindy Anthony's former employer explaining why their computer login system shows Cindy was at work the afternoon she said she went home early and searched her computer for information about chloroform. A police computer analyst says someone had purposely searched online for "neck + breaking." Another analyst testifies she did not find evidence that Cindy Anthony had searched certain terms she claimed to have searched. An anthropology professor is recalled to rebut a defense witness on the need to open a skull during an autopsy. The lead detective states that there were no phone calls between Cindy and George Anthony during the week of June 16, 2008, but admits he did not know that George had a second cell phone. [97]

July 3, 2011 – Judge Perry rules that during closing arguments the defense could argue there was a drowning involved in the death of Caylee because there was sufficient evidence of that, but could not argue George had sexually abused Casey. [98] Prosecution does an hour and a half of closing arguments, offering a timeline of events and asserting that Casey intentionally suffocated Caylee to death by putting three pieces of duct tape place over her face. The alleged motive was that the child interfered with her partying lifestyle and spending time with her boyfriend. The prosecution states the defense' story that Caylee drowned and George encouraged Casey to cover up the accident made no sense. The defense counters with four hours of arguments insisting there was no proof of how Caylee died, challenging the prosecutors' most important evidence as "fantasy," and emphasizing the reasonable doubt that Casey killed Caylee. It again insists that after the child drowned, Casey panicked and George Anthony made the death look like a murder and that he was the one who put the body in the nearby woods. [9] [99]

July 4, 2011 – Prosecutors Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick present a rebuttal to the defense closing, telling jurors their forensic evidence had proved their case, while the defense made claims they did not prove. The case then goes to the jury. [100] Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. issues final instructions to the jury. [101]

July 5, 2011 – After about ten hours of deliberation, the jury acquits Casey Anthony of all felony charges (i.e., of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse), but convicts her of all four misdemeanor charges of giving false information to a law enforcement officer. [8]

July 7, 2011 – Judge Perry sentences Casey Anthony to one year in county jail and $1,000 in fines for each of the four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. The judge orders all sentences to run consecutive to each other, with credit for time served. [102] Based on three years credit for time served plus additional credit for good behavior, her release date is set for July 17, 2011. [103] Judge Perry announces he will not release the juror's names for seven days saying some people "disagree with their verdict" and "would like to take something out on them." [104]

July 13, 2011 – Texas EquuSearch, which assisted in the search for Caylee, sues Casey Anthony for the costs of the search. [105]

July 15, 2011 – Casey Anthony appeals convictions of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. [106]

July 17, 2011 – Casey Anthony is released from jail at 12:10 AM, with $537.68 in cash. [7]

July 19, 2011 – Prosecutors write a letter responding to a New York Times article about alleged withholding of exculpatory evidence about the chloroform searches and says they were about to give the jury a Notice of Supplemental Discovery but did not do so because jurors had reached a verdict. [107] [108]

July 26, 2011 – Judge Belvin Perry, Jr. rules juror names will remain secret until October 2011, citing public "outrage and distress" over the not guilty verdict. He also appeals to Florida legislators to bar the release of juror's names in some cases "in order to protect the safety and well-being of those citizens willing to serve." [109]

August 1, 2011 – Orange County, Florida Circuit Judge Stan Strickland signs amended court documents that order Casey Anthony to return to Orlando within 72 hours to serve one year of supervised probation for the check fraud charge that Anthony pleaded guilty to in January 2010. [110] Jose Baez accuses Strickland of bias in the ruling. [111] Strickland recuses himself from the case. [112]

August 5, 2011 – Baez obtains an emergency hearing with Judge Perry arguing Anthony already had served her probation and that Strickland no longer had jurisdiction over her. Perry postpones a decision calling the situation "a maze." [112]

August 10, 2011 – The Florida Department of Children and Families releases report concluding that Casey Anthony failed to protect Caylee, and that Casey's actions or lack of actions resulted in the death of the child. The finding has little legal relevance. [113]

August 12, 2011 – Judge Belvin Perry upholds Judge Strickland's order, ruling that Casey Anthony must return to Orlando to serve one year's probation for check fraud, reporting no later than noon on August 26. The judge declares that her residential information during the probation period may be kept confidential because of threats made against her life. [114]

August 23, 2011 – After defense attorneys file motion to appeal Judge Perry's probation ruling, [115] the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeals upholds it. [116] Casey Anthony reports for probation at a secret location on August 24. [117]

September 15, 2011 – Judge Belvin Perry rules Casey Anthony must pay $97,000 of the $517,000 the state of Florida wanted her to pay for investigative and prosecution costs to the state under a provision of Florida sentencing law. He ruled she only had to pay those costs directly related to lying to law enforcement about the death of Caylee, i.e., search costs up to September 30, 2008, when the Sheriff's Office stopped investigating a missing-child case. [118] [119] In earlier arguments Attorney Cheney Mason had called the prosecutors' attempts to exact the larger sum "sour grapes" because the prosecution lost its case. He told reporters that Anthony is indigent. [120]

September 23, 2011 – Judge Belvin Perry rules Casey Anthony must pay an additional $119,000 for the recalculated costs of the sheriff's search for Caylee Anthony, for a total of $217,000. [118]

October 8, 2011 – Casey Anthony answers a few questions and takes the Fifth Amendment repeatedly in a video deposition regarding the Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzales lawsuit. [121] [122]

October 25, 2011 – Judge Perry releases names of jurors in Casey Anthony trial. [123]

February 15, 2012 – Casey's first monthly court payment of $20 is due. [124]

June 11, 2012 – Casey motions for a new trial to have convictions of counts of lying to police overturned.

November 20, 2012 – WKMG-TV television in Orlando reported that police never investigated Firefox browser information on Casey Anthony's computer the day of Caylee's death they only looked at Internet Explorer evidence. The station learned about this information from Casey Anthony's attorney Jose Baez who mentioned it in his book on the case. [125]


Casey Anthony juror reveals regret ten years after she was acquitted of murdering daughter

A man who served on the jury during the infamous 2011 trial of Casey Anthony claims she should have been convicted of manslaughter in a new interview.

The unnamed juror, who had voted to acquit Anthony on a number of charges including first-degree murder, said his decision ‘haunts’ him to this day and he wishes he ‘did a lot of things differently,’ he told People.

‘My decision haunts me to this day. I think now if I were to do it over again, I’d push harder to convict her of one of the lesser charges like aggravated manslaughter. At least that. Or child abuse,’ he told the magazine.

‘I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, and I didn’t stand up for what I believed in at the time.’

He said: ‘It’s traumatic to think about, and I wish I had done a lot of things differently, but it’s a part of who I am. This case will stick with me for the rest of my life.’

Casey Anthony, 35, was indicted on charges for murder in the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008. She is pictured during her trial

The unnamed juror, who had voted to acquit Anthony on a number of charges including first-degree murder, said his decision ‘haunts’ him to this day

Caylee’s body was found in a garbage bag in December2008 – months after she was last seen alive

Casey Anthony is pictured with her two-year-old daughter Caylee before her death

Casey Anthony, 35, was indicted on charges for murder in the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony in 2008.

Caylee was last seen alive on June 16, 2008 and was reported missing to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office by Casey’s mother Cindy Anthony a month later on July 15.

A detective with the sheriff’s office started investigating the disappearance and questioned Anthony about her daughter’s disappearance. She told the detective Caylee was kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez.

It was determined Anthony had no nanny and that Fernandez-Gonzalez had never met her daughter, or other family and friends.

Anthony was first arrested on July 16, 2008 and charged the next day with giving false statements to law enforcement, child neglect, and obstruction of a criminal investigation and was initially denied bail by a judge.

Her bail was set at $500,000 at a bond hearing on July 22, 2008 and she was released a month later when the bond was posted by the nephew of California bail bondsman.

She was indicted by a grand jury on charges of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and four counts of providing false information to police on October 14, 2008 and arrested again.

The remains of a child were found in a trash bag on December 11, 2008 with more remains found in nearby woods, which were determined by a medical examiner to belong to Caylee on December 19, 2008.

Jury selection for the trial began on May 9, 2011 and finally ended on May 20, 2011 at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center in Clearwater, Florida.

Casey Anthony poses for a portrait next to a photo of her daughter, Caylee, in her West Palm Beach bedroom in 2017

Casey Anthony, then 22, smiles as she attends a court hearing at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Florida in 2009

Jurors were sequestered in a hotel during the six-week trial to minimize influence from media and the public on the case.

The 12 jurors and five alternates sat through 33 days of testimony – examining more than 400 pieces of evidence while hearing from 91 witnesses – as 40 million Americans watched it all unfold on live television.

The verdict was finally announced on July 5, 2011 leaving many Americans shocked by the surprise results, as many surmised that she would be found guilty.

The jury found Anthony not guilty on one count of first-degree murder, one count of aggravated manslaughter of a child, and one count of child abuse. She was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to cops.

Anthony was given credit for time served in prison and was released on July 17, 2011.

A month after the verdict was announced, the same male juror told People that none of the jurors ‘liked Casey Anthony at all.’

‘She seems like a horrible person. But the prosecutors did not give us enough evidence to convict,’ he said at the time.

‘They gave us a lot of stuff that makes us think that she probably did something wrong, but not beyond a reasonable doubt.’

People noted that the jurors have kept a low-profile since verdict and many of them were even forced to move after they were publicly named.


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Prosecutors sat solemnly in their seats, looking stunned. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton shook his head slightly from side to side in apparent disbelief. Across the room, Anthony's father wiped tears from his eyes. Without speaking to Casey, he and his wife left the courtroom escorted by police as the judge thanked the jury.

"We felt very strongly about our case. We always felt that (the prosecution's) case was built on nothing," defense attorney Jose Baez told Fox News' Geraldo Rivera. "The jury saw through all of the fantasy and forensics and saw through a lot of the lies presented before them."

Baez told reporters at a news conference shortly after the verdict that, "while we're happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case."

"Caylee has passed on far, far too soon. And what my driving force has been for the last three years has been always to make sure that there has been justice for Caylee and Casey, because Casey did not murder Caylee. It's that simple," he said. "Our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction," he said.

State Attorney Lamar Lawson, meanwhile, called the verdict disappointing.

"We’re disappointed with the verdict today and surprised because we know the facts," Lawson told reporters.

Lawson, who praised the prosecution's efforts, called the trial a "dry bones" case that was "very difficult to prove" because it relied largely on circumstantial evidence.

Caylee's remains were found six months after she was reported missing, and no cause of death was ever determined -- a fact Lawson said "worked to our considerable disadvantage."

The lead prosecutor on the case, Jeffrey Ashton, has reportedly retired, effective Thursday. He notified State Attorney Lawson of his decision prior to the verdict being read.

George and Cindy Anthony, Casey Anthony's parents, left the courtroom shortly after the verdict was read.

"While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life," the Anthony family said in a written statement.

Anthony's attorneys claimed during the trial that the toddler drowned accidentally in the family swimming pool, and that her seemingly carefree mother in fact was hiding emotional distress caused by sexual abuse from her father.

Prosecutors contended that Caylee was suffocated with duct tape by a mother who loved to party, tattooed herself with the Italian words for "beautiful life" in the month her daughter was missing and crafted elaborate lies to mislead everyone, from investigators to her own parents.

Captivated observers camped outside the courthouse to jockey for coveted seats in the courtroom gallery, which occasionally led to fights among those desperate to watch the drama unfold.

Prior to the verdict on Tuesday, the judge said: "To those in the gallery, please do not express any signs of approval or disapproval upon the reading of the verdict."

Anthony did not take the stand during the trial, which started in mid-May. Because the case got so much media attention in Orlando, jurors were brought in from the Tampa Bay area and sequestered for the entire trial.

Baez conceded that his client had told elaborate lies and invented imaginary friends and even a fake father for Caylee, but he said that doesn't mean she killed her daughter.

"They throw enough against the wall and see what sticks," Baez said of prosecutors during closing arguments. "That is what they're doing . right down to the cause of death."

He tried to convince jurors that the toddler accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool and that when Anthony panicked, her father, a former police officer, decided to make the death look like a murder by putting duct tape on the girl's mouth and dumping the body in woods about a quarter-mile away.

Her father firmly denied both the cover-up and abuse claims. The prosecution called those claims "absurd," saying that no one makes an accident look like a murder.

Lead prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick concluded the state's case by showing the jury two side-by-side images. One showed Casey Anthony smiling and partying in a nightclub during the month Caylee was missing.

The other was the tattoo she got a day before her family and law enforcement first learned of the child's disappearance.

"At the end of this case, all you have to ask yourself is whose life was better without Caylee?" Burdick asked. "This is your answer."

Prosecutors hammered on the lies Anthony, then 22, told from June 16, 2008, when her daughter was last seen to a month later when sheriff's investigators were notified. Those include the single mother telling her parents she couldn't produce Caylee because the girl was with a nanny named Zanny -- a woman who doesn't exist. She also said she and her daughter were spending time in Jacksonville, Fla., with a rich boyfriend who didn't exist, and she claimed that Zanny had been hospitalized after an out-of-town traffic crash and that they were spending time with her.


A Lost Rembrandt Masterpiece Has Been Found After Falling From a Wall

‘Adoration of the Magi’, 1632. Rembrandt van Rhijn (1606-1669). Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images

According to the Italian Heritage Foundation, a Rembrandt canvas painted in 1632 or 1633 called The Adoration of the Magi has been found after it accidentally fell from the wall in a home in Rome, Italy. The painting, which depicts the three Biblical wise men visiting a resting baby Jesus, was discovered in 2016 when the Roman family who reside in the aforementioned house sent the painting to be restored following its tumble from the wall. Restorer Antonella Di Francesco quickly suspected that the humble canvas may have been created by the famous painter, and on June 22nd the French Academy of the Villa Medici in Rome definitively confirmed that the painting was an original work by Rembrandt.

“During my work one of the most beautiful things that can happen during a lifetime: the sudden awareness of being in front of a work by a very great author who reveals himself to you, which comes out of its opaque zone and chooses you to be redeemed from the darkness,” Di Francesco said in a statement. “This is the moment in which we must overcome the vertigo capable of making us sink into that wonderful sense of belonging to history. It is a thrill that has no equal, which vibrates until it drags you into an unstoppable impulse of morbid curiosity. I don’t fight it and I let myself be carried away by the spell.”

Further evidence that suggests the painting is an original Rembrandt: the painting measures in at 54 by 44.5 centimeters (21.3 by 17.5 inches), and the painting also includes a rare technique used by Dutch masters in the 1630s. The Rome family who made the extraordinary discovery have decided to lend the painting to museums and galleries rather than sell it, and currently the painting is in the possession of art dealers.


Casey Anthony acquitted of murdering daughter

1 of 9 ORLANDO, FL - JULY 5: Defense attorney Dorothy Clay Sims, in gray jacket, hugs her client Casey Anthony, along with the rest of the defense team after Anthony was acquitted of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse on July 5, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. Casey Anthony had been accused of murdering her two-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008 and was found not guilty of manslaughter in the first degree. Pool/Getty Images Show More Show Less

2 of 9 Jenn Keller, right, reacts after Casey Anthony's not-guilty verdict was announced outside the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Anthony was acquitted Tuesday of murdering her 2-year-old daughter in what prosecutors portrayed as a cold-blooded attempt to free herself to party and be with her boyfriend. Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Show More Show Less

4 of 9 Christine Powell, right, and Kristen Welsh react in shock as they watch the Casey Anthony "not guilty" verdict on television screens at Ramshackle Cafe in Leesburg, Florida, Tuesday, July 5, 2011. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Stephen M. Dowell/MCT Show More Show Less

5 of 9 Alan Holt and his grandson Mark Likins, of Thomasville, Ga., visit the memorial of Caylee Anthony before Casey Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse. in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Alan Diaz/AP Show More Show Less

7 of 9 Casey Anthony, center, is overcome with emotion following her acquittal of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. Anthony had been charged with killing her daughter, Caylee. Red Huber/AP Show More Show Less

8 of 9 FILE -This undated photo released by the Orange County Sheriff's Office in Orlando, Fla. on Friday, July 18, 2008, shows Caylee Marie Anthony. Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, was found not guilty Tuesday, July 5, 2011, of killing her 2-year-old daughter three years ago in a case that captivated the nation as it played out on national television. Orange County Sheriff's Office/AP Show More Show Less

Casey Anthony's eyes welled with tears and her lips trembled as the verdict was read once, twice and then a third time: "Not guilty" of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Outside the courthouse, many in the crowd of 500 reacted with anger, chanting, "Justice for Caylee!" One man yelled, "Baby killer!"

In one of the most divisive verdicts since O.J. Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of murdering his wife, Anthony was cleared of murder, manslaughter and child-abuse charges after weeks of wall-to-wall TV coverage and armchair-lawyer punditry that one of her attorneys denounced as "media assassination."

Anthony, 25, was convicted only of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators who were looking into the child's June 2008 disappearance.

Anthony could get up to a year behind bars on each count when she is sentenced Thursday. But since she has been in jail for nearly three years already, she could walk free. Had she been convicted of murder, she could have gotten the death penalty.

After a trial of a month and a half, the Florida Ninth Judicial Circuit Court jury took less than 11 hours to reach a verdict in a case that had become a national cable TV sensation, with its CSI-style testimony about the smell of death inside a car trunk and its story line about a seemingly self-centered, hard-partying young mother.

Prosecutors contended that Anthony - a single mother living with her parents - suffocated Caylee with duct tape because she wanted to be free to hit the nightclubs and spend time with her boyfriend.

Defense attorneys argued that the little girl accidentally drowned in the family swimming pool, and that Anthony panicked and concealed the death because of the traumatic effects of sexual abuse by her father.

State's Attorney Lawson Lamar lamented the lack of hard evidence, saying, "This is a dry-bones case. Very, very difficult to prove. The delay in recovering little Caylee's remains worked to our considerable disadvantage."


Casey Anthony detectives overlooked Google search for "fool-proof" suffocation methods, sheriff says

(CBS/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - The Florida sheriff's office that investigated the disappearance of Casey Anthony's 2-year-old daughter overlooked evidence that someone in their home did a Google search for "fool-proof" suffocation methods on the day the girl was last seen alive.

Watch Crimesider's interview with Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, where he discusses the Internet searches and other evidence that never made it to trial.

Capt. Angelo Nieves of the Orange County sheriff's office said Sunday that the agency's computer investigator missed the June 16, 2008, search. The admission was first reported by CBS affiliate WKMG.

It's not known who performed the search, but the station reported that it was done on a browser primarily used by Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of the girl's murder in 2011.

Anthony's attorneys argued during trial that Casey Anthony helped her father, George Anthony, cover up the girl's drowning in the family pool.

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WKMG reported that sheriff's investigators overlooked over 1,200 entries including the suffocation search from the computer's Mozilla Firefox browser, which was most commonly used by Casey Anthony. Investigators also pulled 17 vague entries from the computer's Internet Explorer browser.

Whoever conducted the Google search looked for the term "fool-proof suffication (sic)" and then clicked on an article about suicide that discussed taking poison and putting a bag over one's head, the station reported.

The browser then recorded activity on the social networking site MySpace, which was used by Casey Anthony but not her father.

A computer expert for Anthony's defense team found the search before the trial. Her lead attorney, Jose Baez, first mentioned the search in his book about the case but suggested it was George Anthony who conducted the search after Caylee drowned because he wanted to kill himself.

Not knowing about the computer search, prosecutors argued that Caylee was poisoned with chloroform and then suffocated by duct tape placed over her mouth and nose. The girl's body was found six months after she disappeared in a field near the family home and was too decomposed for an exact cause of death to be determined.

Prosecutors presented evidence that someone in the Anthony home searched online for how to make chloroform, but Casey Anthony's mother, Cindy, claimed on the witness stand that she had done the searches by mistake while looking up information about chlorophyll.

Baez told WKMG that he expected prosecutors to bring up the search at trial.

"When they didn't, we were kind of shocked," Baez, who no longer represents Anthony, told the station.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton told WKMG it's a "shame" that they didn't have the suffocation search as evidence.

"This certainly would have put the accidental death claim in serious question," he said.

The sheriff's office didn't consult the FBI or Florida Department of Law Enforcement for help searching the computer in the Anthony case, a mistake investigators have learned from, Nieves said.


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