Casey Anthony Trial: Timeline of Key Events in the Murder Trial of the Florida Mother


Caylee Anthony Timeline of Key Events

June 23: Cindy Anthony claims she, and not Casey, was the one who searched the terms "chloroform" and "neck breaking" on the family's home computer. Those searches were a key piece of prosecutors' circumstantial case because they say that Casey Anthony used chloroform to subdue her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, and then suffocated her with duct tape over her nose and mouth.

June 29: George Anthony deals a blow to his daughter's defense by saying she was the last one to see Caylee alive. He also offered details about his 2009 suicide attempt, which he made just weeks after Caylee's remains were discovered. He said he did it because he was despondent that he had "failed" Caylee.

July 1: The prosecution presented evidence that questioned the truthfulness of Cindy Anthony's claim that she made the incriminating computer searches. They presented records indicating that Cindy Anthony was at work during the time she claimed to have searched for chloroform from home. Computer records revealed that someone using Cindy Anthony's username was logged on to her computer at the hospital where she worked for nearly nine hours on March 17, 2008, and March 21, 2008, the days computer searches for chloroform were done by someone in the Anthony family home.

July 3: Closing arguments begin. Defense attorney Jose Baez and prosecutor Jeff Ashton were both admonished and threatened with expulsion by the judge. The harsh scolding came about after Baez interrupted his summation and yelled to jurors that Ashton was a "laughing guy," as Ashton barely hid a smile behind his hand.

July 5: Casey Anthony is found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. After a trial of a month and a half, the Florida Ninth Judicial Circuit Court jury takes less than 11 hours to reach a verdict in the case. The seven men, five women jury declines to convict Anthony of either first degree murder or manslaughter but does convict her of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement, which are misdemeanors. Anthony could get up to a year behind bars on each count when she is sentenced Thursday, July 7.

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