Casey Anthony Trial Fast Facts

Here’s a look at the 2011 Casey Anthony trial. Anthony was charged with killing his two-year-old daughter in 2008.


Aug 9, 2005 – 19-year-old Casey Anthony gives birth to a daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. The identity of Caylee’s father has not been publicly disclosed.

June 16, 2008 – Caylee was reportedly last seen alive.

July 15, 2008 – Casey’s mother, Cindy Anthony, reports that Caylee is missing.

July 16, 2008 – Anthony is arrested for child neglect, misrepresentation and obstruction. She tells police her daughter is missing after leaving her with a babysitter named Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez, who is also missing.

July 17, 2008 – Officers search Anthony’s car and a corpse dog detects the smell of human decomposition.

Aug 27, 2008 – Authorities say an air sample test from Anthony’s car indicates there were human remains in the trunk.

October 14, 2008 – Grand jury charges Anthony with capital murder and other charges. She pleads not guilty.

December 11, 2008 – Skeletal remains are found in a wooded area near the Anthony House by a utility worker.

December 19, 2008 – Authorities say the remains have been identified as Caylee Anthony.

April 13, 2009 – Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty, overturning an earlier decision not to prosecute the death penalty.

April 2010 – The original judge assigned to the case, Stan Strickland, recused himself and was replaced by Judge Belvin Perry Jr.

May 9, 2011 – The selection of the jury begins.

May 24, 2011 – The prosecution and defense make opening statements at an Orlando courthouse.

June 6, 2011 – Forensic expert Arpad Vass testifies that the only plausible explanation for the smell in the trunk of Anthony’s car is the presence of a decaying human body.

June 9, 2011 – Anthony falls ill and Judge Perry calls on the court to recess for the day.

June 15, 2011 – The accusation rests.

June 30, 2011 – The defense is resting. Antoine does not testify.

July 5, 2011 – The seven women and five men on the jury deliberate for 10 hours and 40 minutes before returning with a verdict of not guilty of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child. Anthony is convicted of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement.

July 7, 2011 – Anthony is sentenced to four years in prison with credit for time served. She is also fined $ 1,000 on each count.

July 17, 2011 – Anthony is released from prison.

Aug 11, 2011 – A report is released by the Florida Department of Children and Families finding Anthony responsible for his daughter’s death. The report says: “The actions or lack of actions of the alleged perpetrator ultimately resulted in or contributed to the death of the child.

September 15, 2011 – Judge Perry decides that Anthony owes the authorities close to $ 98,000 for the costs of investigating Caylee’s disappearance. A few days later, he ordered her to pay an additional $ 119,822.25 to the police, bringing the total to over $ 217,000.

June 12, 2012 – In an exclusive interview with CNN, Anthony tells host Piers Morgan that she didn’t kill Caylee and says: “I have never been a party girl. I don’t drink now. I’ve probably had a handful of beers since I’ve been on probation… The caricature of me over there, it couldn’t be further from the truth.

January 25, 2013 – An appeals court dismisses two of Anthony’s convictions for providing false information to law enforcement. On the same day as the decision, Anthony files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. She claims to have nearly $ 800,000 in liabilities, with only $ 1,000 in assets, including cash on hand and personal belongings.

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