Today, the 12-member jury in the Casey Anthony trial returned a verdict: Anthony is not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie. However, she was convicted of lying to the police and will be sentenced at 9 a.m. on Thursday.
“The verdict means 25-year-old Anthony was found not guilty of all charges except for four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officer. She will be spared a death sentence, but could still potentially face years behind bars in a Florida prison,” the Orlando Sentinel reported. “Jurors deliberated for less than 11 hours over two days, pondering the witness testimony and hundreds of pieces of evidence they were presented with over the several-week trial.”
The trial became a media sensation, with live footage being streamed every day on the websites and channels of mainstream news outlets. HLN TV personality Nancy Grace dubbed Anthony “Tot Mom” and covered the trial on a nearly 24/7 basis.
“Well, I hope this is a lesson to those of you who have indulged in media assassination for three years,” defense attorney Cheney Mason reportedly said after the verdict.
“While we’re happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case. Caylee has passed on far, far too soon,” another of Anthony’s defense attorneys, Jose Baez, reportedly said. “Today, our system of justice has not dishonored her memory.”