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article imageCasey Anthony judge states there was enough evidence to convict

By Andrew Dyer     May 6, 2013 in Crime
Orlando - Judge Belvin Perry told NBC's "Today" show that he believed there was enough evidence to convict Casey Anthony, the Florida mother found not guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
In July 2008, Caylee was reported missing by her maternal grandmother Cindy Anthony. Cindy reported that her daughter Casey had told her multiple stories regarding the whereabouts of Caylee before finally admitting that the little girl had been missing for weeks. When detectives became involved, Casey continued to tell stories including that her daughter had been kidnapped by a nanny and she had been trying to find her. Casey was charged with 1st-degree murder in October 2008 and Caylee's remains were found in a wooded area near the family home in December 2008.
Judge Perry stated that although most evidence was circumstantial, there were sufficient grounds to charge Anthony with 1st-degree murder when she stood trial almost two years ago. Instead, she was convicted of making false statements to police for which she received a sentence of time served.
According to the Miami Herald, Judge Perry was so shocked at the verdict that he had to read it twice when he received it. He stated that Casey Anthony had two sides to her, one of a grieving mother that she wanted the public to see and one of a manipulative woman quick to anger and was afraid to berate her attorneys.
Perry stated that he felt the prosecution did a good job, however the defense was able to ultimately plant enough reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors which lead to the not guilty verdict.
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