Verdict Reached in Casey Anthony Murder Trial - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty of Daughter's Murder

ORLANDO, FL (AP) - A Florida jury has acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Anthony began crying when the jury's verdict was read Tuesday after more than 10 hours of deliberations. She hugged her attorney afterward, and a prosecutor shook his head in disbelief. She could have received a death sentence if she had been convicted of first-degree murder.

She was found guilty of lying to investigators. Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday. She could receive up to a year in jail for each count.

Caylee disappeared in June 2008 and her body was found in woods near her grandparent's home six months later.

The lead defense attorney for Casey Anthony says he is happy that his client was found not guilty of killing her toddler daughter, but that there are no winners in this case.

Attorney Jose Baez said Tuesday that 2-year-old Caylee Anthony died far too soon and that he has mixed feelings about the case. He says he is ecstatic for Casey Anthony and wants her to be able to grieve and grow, and somehow get her life back together.

The jury did convict Casey Anthony on four counts of lying to law enforcement.

Baez also acknowledged prosecutors, calling called them a fine group of attorneys.

The jurors who found Casey Anthony not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter have told court officials that they do not want to talk to the media at this time.

Court officials told the media Tuesday that the jurors are asking for the media to respect their privacy and don't want to make any comments at the courthouse. The group of seven women and five men were brought in from the Tampa Bay area and sequestered for the entire trial that started in mid-May.

They reached their verdict after less than 11 hours of deliberation over two days.

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