One of the jurors who voted to acquit Casey Anthony of first-degree murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter now regrets the decision a decade later and says it “haunts me to this day.”
“I think now if I were to do it over again, I’d push harder to convict her of one of the lesser charges like aggravated manslaughter,” an anonymous juror claimed, according to People magazine. “At least that. Or child abuse. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing, and I didn’t stand up for what I believed in at the time.”
Anthony was 25-years-old when she was put on trial in 2011 for aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. It was widely believed at the time by many Americans that she was guilty. She was acquitted on those charges but convicted on four counts of lying to a law enforcement officer, which is a felony.
Ironically, Anthony is reportedly now launching a private investigation business in Florida. Anthony will partner with private investigator Pat McKenna who was on her defense team to create the firm Case Research & Consulting Services, LLC. After the trial, the 73-year-old PI allegedly moved in with Anthony. He was also an investigator for OJ Simpson’s defense team.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) January 3, 2021
Anthony’s proclaimed goal is to help other so-called wrongfully accused women.
The jury that acquitted Anthony was comprised of seven women and five men. They were sequestered in a hotel during the trial. Reportedly, 91 people were called to testify.
The anonymous juror who spoke to People this week claims to think about the notorious case “at least once, every single day.”
“Every time I see her face or hear her name, I get a pit in my stomach,” the juror claimed. “It all comes flooding back. I think about those pictures of the baby’s remains that they showed us in court. I remember Casey. I even remember the smell of the courtroom.”
This same juror spoke to People one month after the trial concluded in 2011. At that time, the juror stated that others on the jury did not like the defendant: “She seems like a horrible person. But the prosecutors did not give us enough evidence to convict,” the juror remarked at the time. “They gave us a lot of stuff that makes us think that she probably did something wrong, but not beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The anonymous source wished they had “don’t a lot of things differently.” The juror went on to add: “But it’s a part of who I am. This case will stick with me for the rest of my life.”
Anthony’s defense attorney Jose Baez posited that the little girl accidentally drowned in the family pool. But that’s not how prosecutors saw the case. They contended that Anthony used chloroform to knock the toddler out and then suffocated her by putting duct tape over her mouth and nose. The child’s remains were not found until five months after she went missing. They showed up in a wooded area not far from the defendant’s home. A cause of death was never established by the authorities.
Former Judge Belvin Perry Jr. who presided over the trial told the Associated Press in 2017 that it was his belief that an accidental killing was the most likely explanation for the little girl’s death. Based on the evidence presented at trial, he believes that too much chloroform was used on Caylee and she died because of it.
Anthony stated in a 2017 interview that she’s “still not even certain” what happened to her little girl.
Casey Anthony is not liked on social media either and many don’t have a high opinion of those that were on the jury:
Some days I feel like a complete failure but then I remember that I wasn’t on Casey Anthony’s jury.
— Michelle (@SoSofieFatale) May 21, 2021
Casey Anthony is the biggest example of female privilege within the justice system because she was guilty as sin.
— 𝙈𝙖𝙡𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙢 (@TheAngelKing47) May 19, 2021
Should’ve thought about it then. It’s 10 years too late to feel sorry for literally not giving a dead child justice. I hate seeing her face AND now she has the AUDACITY to try and write a book about what happened.
— Smriti will always wear her mask (@SmritiPal13) May 22, 2021
Yip. The fact her mother said she smelled a dead body in trunk was prob enough. I watched every minute and it was clear she was not completely innocent. IMO she drugged her and put her in trunk and she died accidentally. & then she hid body. I think proof was there.
— ktlink (@ktlin60) May 22, 2021
The fact they didn’t think she was guilty when she was out partying while her baby was missing/dead…. just shows their lack of common sense
— Jamie (@JamieSmith61088) May 22, 2021
She killed that baby and she got away with it!
— Karina (@NinaNyC01) May 22, 2021
When the jurors kept saying prosecutors only had circumstantial evidence.. A lot of circumstantial evidence but they were not intelligent enough to realize circumstantial evidence is evidence and she was/is guilty.
— Tiffany MaryJean (@TiffanyMaryJean) May 21, 2021
I remember it like yesterday and the utter shock and disbelief of the acquittal. It haunts ME to this day, but I didn’t have the power to give her the punishment she deserved. Stupid jury. RIP #cayleeanthony
— JoanneO (@mojo2it) May 22, 2021
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