The jury in the Casey Anthony murder case has reached a verdict: not guilty.
The deliberation took 10 hours and 40 minutes and the jury, which ranged in ages from 32 to 65, handed down their decision at 2:15 p.m
Casey Anthony, who was red-faced and held back tears as the verdict was read, was acquitted of murder.
Anthony’s trial began on May 24. The accused was found not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter.
The jury did find her guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers. However, these are all misdemeanor offenses.
Due to the absence of physical evidence against her and a plausible defense theory Casey Anthony managed to get acquitted.
“I really do have mixed feelings over the whole situation,” defense attorney Jose Baez said Tuesday after the verdict was pronounced.
“Caylee has passed on far, far too son,” said Baez, “and what my driving force has been for the last three years has been always to make sure there is justice for Caylee and Casey because Casey did not murder Caylee. It is that simple. And today, our system of justice has not dishonored her memory by a false conviction.”
When asked about the future of his client, Baez answered, “I’m ecstatic for her, and I want her to be able to grieve and grow and somehow get her life back together.”