Casey Anthony remains, juror contempt interview confession speaks out

The juror who acquitted Casey Anthony reverses his decision.

Nearly a decade after Casey Anthony's stunning murder acquittal, an insider revealed the decision that continues to haunt him.

It was one of the most contentious murder acquittals in US history, and nearly a decade after Casey Anthony walked free, one of the jurors involved has revealed he regrets the decision to release her.

Anthony faced trial in 2011 for the 2008 death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, in a case that captivated not just America, but the entire world.

Anthony was charged with murdering her daughter in 2008 and disposing of her body in a Florida swamp near her Orlando home due to the fact that she was an impediment to her lifestyle.

Casey Anthony's reaction to being acquitted of murder charges. Photograph courtesy of Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images.
Casey Anthony's reaction to being acquitted of murder charges. Photograph courtesy of Joe Burbank-Pool/Getty Images.

Anthony has maintained her innocence to this day, claiming she is unaware of who is responsible for Caylee's death.

According to People, one male juror stated anonymously that the Anthony trial was "traumatic to contemplate" and that he wished "I had done a lot of things differently."

The juror stated that the decision not to convict Anthony of her daughter's murder "haunts me to this day" and he wishes he had been able to "push harder."

“If I had it to do over again, I believe I would push harder to convict her of one of the lesser charges, such as aggravated manslaughter. At the very least. Or child abuse,” he said in an interview with People.

“I had no idea what I was doing, and I was unwilling to stand up for what I believed in at the time.”

Prosecutors alleged during the trial that Anthony killed Caylee by giving her chloroform and then gagging her with duct tape and leaving her to die in her car boot.

Although experts testified that Anthony's boot contained decaying human remains, her DNA was never discovered on the duct tape allegedly used to suffocate Caylee.

After a month and a half of deliberation, the jury found Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse in just 11 hours.

Rather than that, Anthony was convicted of four counts of lying to police — two of which were later dropped — and released from prison just weeks after the trial concluded due to time served.

Prosecutors asserted that Anthony murdered Caylee because her daughter disrupted her lifestyle.
Prosecutors asserted that Anthony murdered Caylee because her daughter disrupted her lifestyle.

According to the anonymous juror, he found the prosecutors "arrogant," while Anthony's defense attorney Jose Baez appeared caring.

Mr Baez floated the controversial theory during the trial that Caylee drowned and Anthony's father, George Anthony, covered it up while sexually abusing his own daughter for years.

Mr Anthony denied the allegations, and Anthony has never asserted that Mr Baez's alternate theory occurred.

The juror stated that he still thinks about the Anthony trial "at least once" a day and experiences a "pit in my stomach" when he sees images of Caylee, whose death remains unsolved.

“It all floods back. I'm reminded of the images of the baby's remains they showed us in court,” he explained.

Caylee was first reported missing on July 15, 2008, by her grandmother, Anthony's mother Cindy — a month after she was last seen.

Mrs Anthony complained to police that her daughter Anthony's car smelled "as if it contained a dead body."

Anthony was arrested for child neglect a day after the missing persons report was filed, claiming Caylee had gone missing while with a babysitter.

Cindy and George Anthony
Cindy and George Anthony

Anthony has maintained a low profile and avoided media attention since her murder acquittal, with the exception of a series of interviews with the Associated Press in 2017.

“I'm still not certain what happened as I stand here today,” Anthony said, adding that "everyone has their theories."

“As I stand here today, I am unable to state one way or the other. When I last saw my daughter, I believed she was still alive and would be fine, and that is what I was told,” she explained.

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