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Profiles of the Casey Anthony Trial Jury Members

Jury Sworn In May 20, 2011


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After the end of 11 days of grueling questioning from the judge, the prosecution and the defense attorneys, a panel of 12 jurors and five alternates was sworn in to serve in the first-degree murder trial of Casey Anthony.

Because of overwhelming pre-trial coverage of the case in the Orlando area, jury selection took place 100 miles away in Clearwater, Florida. Anthony is facing several charges in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.

11 Days of Questioning

After determining which jurors would not be placed under financial or other hardship by being sequestered for eight weeks in Orlando, each juror was questioned about their exposure to media coverage of the case and their feelings about the death penalty.

The jurors also answered general voir dire questions by the prosecution and defense.

During the 11 days of questioning, many jurors were excused for cause by the judge because they said they had formed an opinion that Casey Anthony was guilty and they did not believe they could lay that opinion aside and be objective.

A Death Penalty Jury

Likewise, many other jurors were excused because they said they did not believe in the death penalty and they could not vote for the death penalty in any circumstances. At least one juror said she could not vote for a guilty verdict in a death penalty case, because they felt so strongly about it.

Here is a brief profile of each juror who was sworn in by Judge Belvin Perry on May 20, 2011:

Juror No. 1

A white female in her late 60's, who is retired but volunteers as a counselor. She told the defense that she would have no problems facing her friends if she voted not guilty in the case.

Pre-Trial Publicity: She said that she had heard of the case, but had not formed an opinion. She expressed some distrust of the media, whom she said manipulated the news so that it is "tailored for sound bytes."

Death Penalty: During questioning she said, "I value life, but I also value the criminal justice system."

Juror No. 2

A black male probably in his mid-30's who has two children, a 4-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son. He has never served on jury duty before.

Pre-Trial Publicity: Said he had seen limited coverage of the case, but had not formed an opinion.

Death Penalty: Said he would vote for the death penalty if someone in his family was the victim. "God is the one that makes the final judgment." he said.

Juror No. 3

A 32-year-old white female who is a nursing student at St. Petersburg College, who is on break from school presently. She has no children. She admitted that she wanted to be on the jury.

Pre-Trial Publicity: This juror said she had never heard of the Casey Anthony case until she walked into court the first day of jury selection. "I know my ignorance works in my favor at this point," she said.

Death Penalty: She said she would not have a problem considering the death penalty as a possible sentence.

Juror No. 4

A black female possibly in her 40's who said that she did not like to judge people by what other people said about them.

Pre-Trial Publicity: She said nothing that she heard about the case would influence her own opinion.

Death Penalty: She said that she "thinks" she could recommend the death sentence after weighing the aggravating and mitigating circumstances. "I just don't like to point my finger at anyone," she said. "What I mean by that is, judging someone by what they say."

The prosecution tried three times, once for cause and twice with peremptory challenges, to remove this juror from the panel. The prosecution objected, saying that the challenge was racially biased. Judge Perry agreed, and would not allow the peremptory strike.

Juror No. 5

A white female in her 50's who worked as a nurse's aide, but is now retired. She said that she does not own a computer.

Pre-Trial Publicity: Said she was a reader of the St. Petersburg Times but she didn't see much coverage of the case in the newspaper. She said she had not formed an opinion about the case.

Death Penalty: During questioning she said, "I guess I believe in the death penalty. I'd have to know a lot of facts before I really considered it."

Juror No. 6

A 33-year-old white male who has worked as a chef and now sells restaurant equipment. He has two young children, a 6-year-old boy and a 21-month-old girl.

Pre-Trial Publicity: He said he could set aside any information that he had heard and be objective. He said he understood that the burden of proof was on the state.

Death Penalty: Although he had some reservations, he said he could vote to recommend the death penalty. "I think if the law dictated it, I would be able to follow it."

Juror No. 7

A 41-year-old white female who is divorced and does not have children. She was once the victim of a home invasion by a young man with a knife, but she escaped without injury. She works in the corporate office of a company that deals with child welfare issues.

Pre-Trial Publicity: She said that she had heard only a limited amount about the case and that she had not formed any opinions.

Death Penalty: She said that she could vote to recommend the death penalty. "It would be, gosh, a solemn decision, but it is an option under the law," she said.

Juror No. 8

A white woman in her 50's who works as a service representative for Verizon. She is married and has two sons, but no grandchildren. Her father worked in law enforcement.

Pre-Trial Publicity: She said she had very limited information about the case and has not formed an opinion.

Death Penalty: She said she would have no problem recommending the death penalty but she would have to hear "all the facts" before making such a decision.

Juror No. 9

A 53-year-old male who is single and semi-retired. He does odd jobs and is the caretaker for someone who has had a stroke.

Pre-Trial Publicity: He said he thinks he remembers hearing something about "a little girl being found the trunk, I believe."

Death Penalty: He said he believes in the death penalty and could vote to recommend it "in the proper situation."

Juror No. 10

A 57-year-old white male who has never been married and has no children. He has worked 15 years as a billing representative for Verizon.

Pre-Trial Publicity: When asked about what coverage he had seen of the case, he replied, "I don't really know any of the details, and I do believe everyone is innocent until proven guilty."

Death Penalty: He said he sees the death penalty as "a necessary option."

Juror No. 11

A white male in his 30's who has been a 10th grade physical education and health teacher for 15 years. He has an uncle who worked for the FBI.

Pre-Trial Publicity: He said from what he had heard about the case he thought Casey Anthony was probably guilty.

Death Penalty: He said he could lay aside his opinion about the case and he could consider voting for the death penalty if she was found guilty.

Juror No. 12

A white middle-aged female who has two children. She works as a cook at Publix supermarket. She does not own a computer.

Pre-Trial Publicity: She said she had avoided media coverage, but she had heard some information about the case in the past, but not enough to form an opinion.

Death Penalty: She said could consider the death penalty, but she would "like to have all the information" before making a decision.

Alternate No. 1

A white female in her 40's who works as a surgical nurse. She is married with two grown sons. She watches more sports than she does news on television.

Alternate No. 2

A middle-aged white male who has been married three times and has a grown son and two stepchildren. He teaches U.S. government in high school.

Alternate No. 3

A 37-year-old white woman who works as a cashier at a car dealership. She is a widow with a 12-year-old son. She said being on the jury would be an emotional hardship.

Alternate No. 4

A 25-year-old male who is single and lives with his parents. He works as a carpenter, but previously was a daycare teacher. He has a juvenile conviction for drug and paraphernalia possession.

Alternate No. 5

A 39-year-old white male who has no children. Formerly in the Coast Guard, he works as a water plant operator. He did not want to be on the jury: "I've got a good life. I'd rather not interrupt it."

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