Jurors in the Casey Anthony murder trial will start deciding today whether Anthony killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Prosecutors were left with three more hours of argument, after which the jury will decide the fate of Casey, who is accused of killing her two-year-old daughter three years ago.
Casey Anthony, who had appeared flirtatious during trial last week, broke down in tears Sunday as prosecutors hammered home evidence to prove that the 25-year-old killed her toddler daughter and hid her body in the car trunk before dumping it in a swamp -- all because Casey wanted to live her life without bother.
Casey Anthony decided on June 16 that something had to be sacrificed, that the conflict between the life that she wanted and the life that was thrust upon her was simply irreconcilable and something had to give. She took her daughter's life and put her in the trunk and forgot about her. After a couple of days, she couldn't forget anymore and she disposed of her body in a swamp, said the prosecution in its closing.
Meanwhile, the defense attorney said there was insufficient evidence to convict Casey Anthony and that the key question in this case, ‘how did Caylee die?’, would never be answered. The prosecution reiterated its stance that Casey sacrificed her daughter in cold-blooded fashion so that she could enjoy her life to the fullest.
Baez made some impassioned rhetoric arguing that Casey Anthony was innocent and tried to swing emotional balance in favour of her.
I'd like to call this next phase, the state's fantasy of forensics... Phantom stickers, phantom stains...no DNA, no fingerprints, nothing. But she's a liar and a slut., Baez said, rejecting the evidence presented by the prosecution.
Convict her on that...she made some stupid decisions, but let's make her pay with her life, he said sarcastically.
Casey Anthony is accused of murdering her daughter by applying chloroform first and sealing her mouth with duct tapes, looked away. Caylee's death took place in June 2008.
Casey Anthony denies the charges that she murdered her toddler daughter. She contends that Caylee drowned accidentally in the swimming pool.
If she is found guilty here are the possible verdicts the jury can reach:
*If she is found guilty of capital murder, the first degree murder with special circumstances, she could be sentenced to death by lethal injection or life in prison without possibility of probation.
*If she is found guilty of first degree murder, a murder committed with intent and malice aforethought, she could be sentenced to life in prison with possibility of probation.
* If she is found guilty of second-degree murder, a murder that is intentional but not premeditated, she could be sentenced to 16-3/4 years to life in prison with possibility of probation.
* If she is found guilty of Manslaughter (jury believes that Casey did not intend for death to occur, but acted in negligence), she could be sentenced up to 15 years in prison.