Jury finds Casey Anthony not guilty of murder

Jury finds Casey Anthony not guilty of murder

ORLANDO (RNN) - The Florida jury reviewing the fate of 25-year-old Casey Anthony has cleared the former mother on counts of murder, manslaughter and child abuse.

The seven women and five men spent just more than 10 hours deliberating on the 25-year-old mother's fate.

Anthony faced seven counts, including first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter, in the June 2008 death of her infant Caylee.

If convicted of first-degree murder, Anthony could have been sentenced to death.

The mother was convicted on all four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.

Anthony has pleaded not guilty to all charges. Her defense attorneys claim that the 2 year old mistakenly drowned in the family's swimming pool.

Anthony, they say, with the help of her father, covered up the accidental drowning in a fit of panic after discovering the dead body.

Prosecutors argued that Anthony suffocated young Caylee with duct tape.

The murder case was handed over to the jury on Monday after Lead Prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick rested the case after more than six weeks in the courtroom.

"Whose life was better?" Burdick asked. "That's the only question you need to answer in considering why Caylee Marie Anthony was left on the side of the road dead. There's your answer."

Florida Circuit Judge Belvin Perry sent the jury home for the evening at 6 p.m. ET in advance of Fourth of July festivities. The jury resumed its work Tuesday morning at 8:30 a.m. ET.

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