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The Caylee Marie Anthony Case

2-Year-Old Reported Missing After a Month


Muriel Tizol (R) from North Port, Florida stands with Lori Richards from Daytona Beach, Florida
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On July 15, 2008, Cindy Anthony called 9-1-1 in Orlando, Florida to report that her daughter, Casey Anthony, had stolen a car and some money. She called back later to report that her granddaughter, Casey's daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony was missing and had been missing for more than a month.

Police interviewed Casey Anthony and arrested her for child endangerment after she told investigators several lies concerning the whereabouts of Caylee for the past 31 days. See Event Timeline.

Current Developments

Casey Anthony: Zanny Was Real
Feb. 26, 2014
In a deposition in her federal bankruptcy case, Casey Anthony testified that the "Zanny the Nanny" her attorney claimed at her murder trial was fabricated was actually a real person who once did babysit for her. Anthony said she met Zenaida Gonzales at Universal Studios in 2006 and she once cared for Caylee that year.

Previous Developments

Casey Anthony Pays to Protect Her Story
Aug. 2, 2013
A federal bankruptcy judge has signed off on a deal that will allow Casey Anthony to pay the bankruptcy trustee $25,000 in exchange for not having to sell her life story to pay her debts. The trustee had suggested the selling of the rights to Anthony's story could help pay some of $792,000 she owes to creditors.

Casey Anthony Stiffs EquuSearch Again
July 2, 2013
The non-profit organization that spent weeks looking for a missing Florida trial will apparently not be getting reimbursed for its efforts. A bankruptcy judge has partially dismissed Texas EquuSearch's $100,000 lawsuit against Casey Anthony, mother of Caylee Anthony.

Two Casey Anthony Convictions Overturned
Jan. 25, 2013
A federal appeals court has overturned two of the four convictions of a Florida woman found guilty of lying to investigators about the whereabouts of her 2-year-old daughter. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Casey Anthony's attorney that two of the convictions amounted to double jeopardy. In the meantime, Casey declares bankruptcy.

Casey Anthony Appeals Convictions
Jan. 9, 2013
A Florida appeals court has been asked to overturn the misdemeanor convictions of Casey Anthony for lying to authorities during the investigation into the disappearance of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. Anthony told investigators that Caylee had been kidnapped by a nanny named Zenaida Gonzales.

Casey Anthony Gets Four 1-Year Sentences
July 7, 2011
Casey Anthony has been sentenced to one year in jail and $1,000 fine for each of four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. Judge Belvin Perry ruled that the sentences will be served consecutively, therefore effectively giving her a four-year sentence.

Casey Anthony Not Guilty
July 5, 2011
A Florida jury has found Casey Marie Anthony not guilty of all felony charges in connection with the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee Marie Anthony. The jury did find her guilty of four counts of giving false information to police, all misdemeanor charges.

Jury Set to Begin Deliberations
July 3, 2011
As America celebrates Independence Day, jurors in the Casey Anthony trial were scheduled to hear the conclusion of the prosecution's rebuttal closing arguments, instructions from the judge and then begin deliberating. Closing arguments took longer than a full day because of delays caused by clashes between the defense and the prosecution that required sidebars and conferences outside of the jury's presence.

Testimony Ends in Casey Anthony Trial
July 1, 2011
The prosecution wrapped up its rebuttal presentation in the Casey Anthony first-degree murder trial after attacking the defendant's mother's claim that she made computer searches for chloroform, not her daughter. Witnesses presented evidence indicating that Cindy Anthony was at work using her work computer at the time those searches were done on the family's home computer.

Casey Anthony's Defense Rests
June 30, 2011
The defense in the Casey Anthony first-degree murder trial ended its case without the defendant taking the witness stand in her own defense. In response to inquiries by Judge Belvin Perry, Casey Anthony said that it was her decision alone to not testify in her own behalf.

Casey's Defense Calls Grief Expert
June 29, 2011
After accusing George Anthony of trying to commit suicide out of guilt and accusing Roy Kronk of changing his story to help the police, defense attorneys for Casey Anthony called a grief expert to explain their client's behavior during the 31 days before 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was reported missing.

Judge Blocks Defense Witnesses Testimony
June 28, 2011
Defense attorneys accused a meter reader of tampering with evidence, accused George Anthony of having an affair and tried to accuse Lee Anthony of molesting his sister, but that testimony was blocked from the Casey Anthony murder trial. Judge Belvin Perry also blocked the testimony of two other defense witnesses during Tuesday's session.

Casey Found Competent, Trial Continues
June 27, 2011
It was a busy day in the first-degree murder trial of Casey Anthony as the defendant was declared competent to proceed, her defense filed a motion for another mistrial based on a recent court decision and the jury saw videotapes of a search of the area where Caylee's remains were found a month before she was actually found.

Casey Anthony Trial Abruptly Delayed
June 25, 2011
Loyal Casey Anthony trial viewers will be glued to their screens when court resumes Monday in hopes of finding out why the trial was abruptly halted Saturday with a line of witnesses waiting outside to testify. Judge Belvin Perry adjourned court before the jury was called into the courtroom Saturday, saying only it was due to "legal issues."

Caylee Could Climb Pool Steps
June 24, 2011
During an emotional day of testimony apparently aimed at giving jurors a look inside the dysfunctional dynamics of Casey Anthony's family, defense attorneys also continued to raise doubt about the prosecution's theory in the case. Cindy Anthony identified pictures showing her granddaughter Caylee climbing the steps of the family swimming pool with little help a year before she disappeared.

Cindy Anthony: 'I Searched for Chloroform'
June 23, 2011
The state of Florida's circumstantial case against Casey Anthony for the death of her daughter Caylee took two stunning blows when the defendant's mother testified that she used the family computer to search for "chloroform" and the stain in the trunk of the Pontiac Sunfire was there when the car was purchased in 2000.

Lack of Evidence Focus of Casey's Defense
June 22, 2011
Attorneys for Casey Anthony called six witnesses on a shorten court day Wednesday to continue to highlight the lack of evidence and inconclusive forensic testing done by experts in her first-degree murder case. The defense attacked soil, hair and air testing that turned up little or no evidence relating to the disappearance and death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.

Casey's Defense Continues Forensic Attack
June 21, 2011
Defense attorneys for Casey Anthony used expert witnesses again to try to counteract the evidence presented by the prosecution in the first-degree murder trial. Defense witnesses were used to challenge the lack of DNA evidence, the lack of chloroform evidence and the time the remains of Caylee Anthony were in the woods near her home.

Caylee's Autopsy Was Shoddy, Expert Says
June 18, 2011
An eminent forensic pathologist told jurors in the first-degree murder trail of Casey Anthony that the initial autopsy on her 2-year-old daughter Caylee was "shoddy" and could not have ruled out an accidental death.

Expert: Body Couldn't Have Been in Trunk
June 17, 2011
A forensic entomologist testified that the insects that were found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car indicate to him that there was never a dead human body present. Timothy Huntington said he found no evidence to suggest 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's body had ever been in the car.

Casey's Defense Focuses on Lack of Evidence
June 16, 2011
The defense opened it's case in Casey Anthony's murder trial by focusing on forensic evidence, or more specifically, the lack of forensic evidence found by investigators.

Judge Denies Casey's Motion to Dismiss
June 15, 2011
The prosecution rested its case in the Casey Anthony first-degree murder trial prompting the usual motion by the defense to dismiss the charges due to a lack of evidence. But attorney Chaney Mason's emotional argument for the dismissal was anything but usual as he told the judge the prosecution had presented no evidence of premeditation or a pattern of child abuse.

Witnesses Link Key Evidence to Casey
June 14, 2011
The prosecution used its last witnesses to link key pieces of evidence found with the remains of Caylee Anthony to her mother, Casey Anthony, and documented her 'Bella Vita' tattoo, applied two weeks after the 2-year-old went missing.

Heart Shape Seen on Caylee's Duct Tape
June 13, 2011
A FBI latent fingerprint expert told the jury in Casey Anthony's murder trial that she saw the outline of a dime-sized heart-shape sticker on the duct tape found with the remains of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony. Elizabeth Fountaine said the outline disappeared before she could photograph it.

Bug Expert Says Caylee's Body Was Moved
June 11, 2011
From the types of flies found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car, an entomologist testified that Caylee Anthony's body was moved twice before it was found only a few steps away from a road near her grandparents' Orlando home.

Caylee's Manner of Death: Homicide
June 10, 2011
In its effort to obtain a conviction and a death sentence for Casey Anthony, the prosecution presented testimony from the medical examiner and expert witnesses to show that the manner of Caylee Anthony's death was homicide and the murder weapon was duct tape.

Casey Gets Ill As Skull Photos Shown
June 9, 2011
An apparently shaken Casey Anthony was removed from the courtroom and court was adjourned an hour and a half early as graphic photos of the remains of Caylee Anthony were shown to the jury. Casey turned away from the displays, but witnesses described the photos of the child's skull in detail.

Casey Googled 'Chloroform' Experts Testify
June 8, 2011
Expert witnesses testified that Casey Anthony did Internet searches for 'chloroform' and 'how to make cloroform' on a desktop computer at her parents' home when both of her parents were at work. The testimony is key in the prosecution effort to prove that the death of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony was premeditated.

Cadaver Dog Alerted on Casey's Trunk
June 7, 2011
An Orange County Sheriff's Department dog handler told jurors that his cadaver dog alerted on the trunk of her car after it was impounded by authorities. But Deputy Jason Forgey didn't need his K-9 partner to tell him the trunk had the smell of death. "I smelled it. Clear as day," he said.

Dead Body in Trunk Only 'Plausible Explanation'
June 6, 2011
An expert witness from Oak Ridge National Laboratory told jurors he found shockingly high levels of chloroform in the trunk of Casey Anthony's car as her trial moved into the third week of testimony. Dr. Arpad Vass also said could find "no other plausible explanation" for other chemicals he found on carpet in the trunk except the presence of a dead body.

Expert: Caylee's Hair in the Trunk
June 4, 2011
FBI expert Karen Korsberg Lowe testified that a single 9-inch hair found in the trunk of Casey Anthony's could be from 2-year-old Caylee Anthony's head after the child died.

CSI Says Casey's Car Smelled Like Death
June 3, 2011
Crime scene investigator Gerardo Bloise, who has 23 years of experience. told jurors that the trunk of her car smelled to him like human decomposition.

Jury Hears Casey's Jailhouse Tapes
June 2, 2011
Jurors spent several hours listening to audio and video tapes of the elaborate lies she told to investigators, friends and her own family after Caylee was discovered missing.

Testimony Highlights Casey's Elaborate Lies
June 1, 2011
Putting on the witness stand her brother and several law enforcement officers, the prosecution began to show the jury the elaborate lies Casey Anthony told everyone around her when they realized her 2-year-old daughter was actually missing.

Cindy Anthony Relives 9-1-1 Calls
May 31, 2011
Cindy Anthony emotionally broke down on the witness stand, as jurors heard how the family first found out that 2-year-old Caylee was missing.

Cindy Anthony Removed Ladder From Pool
May 28, 2011
Tony Lazzaro, Casey's boyfriend, was angry and betrayed when he found out Casey Anthony's daughter had been missing a month. Cindy Anthony said she took the ladder down from the above-ground swimming pool the night before the child allegedly drowned.

Maggot Testimony May Be Problem for Prosecution
May 27, 2011
Casey Anthony's father and the manager of a towing company told the jury they smelled the human decompensation when they retrieved her car from the impound yard. George Anthony said he personally saw maggots in the trunk of the car.

Casey Told Ex-Boyfriend of Abuse
May 26, 2011
Casey Anthony's former boyfriend Tony Lazzaro testified that she claimed she was sexually abused by her brother Lee and physically by her father George. The jury did not hear that part of his testimony, however.

Casey Acted 'Normal' After Caylee's Death
May 25, 2011
According to several witnesses, Casey Anthony acted normal and never mentioned to her boyfriend, his roommates or nightclub friends that her 2-year-old daughter was missing in the days after Caylee Anthony's death.

Casey Anthony Trial Begins
May 24, 2011
In opening statements, the prosecution said whoever put duct tape on Caylee Anthony's mouth, nose and hair never intended for it to be removed and the defense said the 2-year-old was never missing she was found drowned in the family swimming pool by her grandfather George Anthony.

Profiles of Casey Anthony Trial Jury Members
May 20, 2011
It took 11 days of intense questioning from the judge, prosecutors and defense attorneys to come up with a jury of 12 jurors and five alternates.

Jury Selection Continues for Casey Anthony
May 16, 2011
After six days of detailed and sometimes tedious questioning, 12 jurors have been selected in the Casey Anthony first-degree murder trial.

Tampa Jurors to Hear Casey Anthony Case
May 9, 2011
A panel of potential jurors from the Tampa Bay area began the process of being selected for the first-degree murder trial of Casey Anthony. The location of the jury selection was not announced until early this morning because of unprecedented media interest in the trial of the mom accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

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