A jury has acquitted 25-year-old Casey Anthony of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee after a lengthy trial that captivated the nation.
The jury deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days before reaching its verdict. Anthony was found guilty of lying to investigators about the circumstances surrounding Caylee's death. She could have faced a death sentence if she had been convicted of first-degree murder.
Prosecutors argued in closing arguments that Anthony killed her daughter in June 2008 by putting duct tape over her mouth because the toddler interfered with her partying lifestyle and love life. Casey Anthony herself did not take the stand.
The defense contended that the girl drowned in the family's pool but
that Anthony's father panicked and decided to make the death look like
a homicide by putting duct tape over her mouth and dumping the body in the
woods. Her father, George Anthony, denied any involvement in Caylee's death or disposing of the body.