ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – A Florida jury on Tuesday found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder in the June 16, 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
The defense had argued that Caylee died in an accidental drowning.
Jurors deliberated nearly 11 hours over two days.
The jury also found 25-year-old Casey not guilty of aggravated child abuse or aggravated manslaughter of a child.
She was found guilty of four counts of providing false information to a law enforcement officer.
Casey Anthony initially told detectives that Caylee had been kidnapped by a nanny, triggering a nationwide search that ended on December 11, 2008.
That’s when Caylee’s skeletal remains were found in woods near the Anthony family home with duct tape dangling from her skull.
The trial lasted for seven weeks and riveted the nation, with curiosity fed by live coverage of testimony on cable news. The notoriety of the case has prompted comparisons to the murder trial of O.J. Simpson.
(Reporting by Barbara Liston; Editing by Peter Bohan and Jerry Norton)
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