Even if you aren’t an Orlando resident, you have probably been bombarded with news about the Casey Anthony trial. This story has attracted nation-wide media coverage and has turned into a sort of event. This can be seen as fights breaking out over just getting a seat in the court room. All this may be coming to end, however, since on Friday, July 1st, both sides wrapped up their case setting the stage for a verdict to be reached.
If you have not been following the story, I will quickly recap:
- Caylee Anthony went missing in the middle of 2008.
- Casey Anthony’s mother, Cindy Antony, finally called the police a month later to report Caylee missing after not seeing her for over a month.
- Casey Anthony said that she had been frantically searching for her daughter when she had been seen partying at various clubs.
- Casey Anthony sent police on a wild goose chase, giving them false leads such as Zenida Gonzalez, a nanny who Casey claimed to have kidnapped her daughter. She even lied and said that she still worked at Universal Studios and sent police there to search for evidence.
- Caylee was finally found dead off the side of road near the end of 2008. She was in a trash bag, wrapped in a blanket with duct-tape around her mouth.
Almost three years later and the Casey Anthony trial was finally underway. Opening remarks left every stunned as the defense stated that on June 16, 2008, Caylee Anthony actually drowned in the family pool. They also said they George, Casey’ father, and Casey tried to cover it up and they were the ones who dumped the body. The defense also alleged that George and even her brother molested Casey when she was young.
The rest of the trial commenced with both sides calling to the stand the family, friends, forensic scientists and police officers. It seemed as if everyone had a chance to testify except Casey herself, whom the defense decided not to call up.
So, as we are nearing July 4th, the jury has a big decision to make. They have to decide whether the evidence presented to them is enough to convict this young woman of murder and potentially the death penalty.
If you were sitting on that jury.. what would you think?