Casey Anthony has been found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The jury declined to convict her of either first degree murder or manslaughter.
The jury found Casey Anthony guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.
Clutching the hand of her defense attorney Jose Baez, Casey Anthony began to sob as the verdict was read. The rest of her defense team stood beside her, also clutching hands. She thanked Baez as she was swarmed by the defense team.
Her parents, Cindy and George Anthony, left the courtroom as Judge Belvin Perry read further instructions to the jury and did not join their daughter in the courtroom.
Casey Anthony, who sat grim faced throughout the six weeks of testimony, beamed happily as she was fingerprinted in the courtroom for her conviction of providng false information to law enforcement.
Sentencing on the guilty counts will be held on 9 a.m. Thursday.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton, who had entered the courtroom to roaring applause, sat shaking his head after the verdict.
Outside the courtroom, spectators screamed “Lord!” as the learned of the not guilty ruling.
At the heart of the case was Casey Anthony’s fantastic lie that a babysitter named Zenaida, referred to in court as “Zanny the nanny,” had stolen Caylee Anthony.
Prosecutors claimed that Casey Anthony killed her daughter by drugging Caylee with chloroform and suffocating her with duct tape over her mouth and nose.
She killed Caylee, prosecutor Jeff Ashton claimed in his closing argument, because Casey Anthony had to choose between her child and “the life she wanted.”
“We submit to you the evidence in this case shows that the choice she made was her child,” Ashton said.
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Lawyers for Casey Anthony, who never took the stand, admitted on the first day of the trial that the 25-year-old single mother had made up a complex web of lies. Defense attorney Jose Baez said that the truth was that Caylee had accidentally drowned in the family pool and instead of reporting her death, Casey “went into a dark corner, to pretend as if nothing was wrong.”