Casey Anthony Not Guilty of Murder

She is also acquitted on child abuse and manslaughter charges
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 5, 2011 1:32 PM CDT

A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The jury also cleared her of child abuse and manslaughter charges after deliberating a total of about 11 hours. She was found guilty only of four counts of lying to investigators, and Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday. She could get up to a year on each count. Anthony, who cried in court as the verdict was read, could have faced the death penalty had she been convicted of the first-degree murder charge.

After the verdict was read, Casey Anthony hugged attorney Jose Baez and later mouthed the words "thank you" to him. Prosecutor Jeff Ashton, meanwhile, shook his head in disbelief. Anthony's parents left the courtroom without speaking to her as the judge thanked the jury. "While we're happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case," Baez said at a news conference after the hearing. "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." (More Casey Anthony stories.)

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