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article imageCasey Anthony judge thinks she accidentally killed daughter

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 3, 2017 in Crime
Orlando - For the first time since July 2011 when Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, the judge who presided at her trial is speaking out and gave his theory about how Caylee died to an Orlando television station.
Circuit Judge Belvin Perry Jr. presided over Anthony’s trial in 2011. The young woman was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter and aggravated child abuse in the 2008 death of her daughter Caylee. The jury acquitted Anthony of all charges in connection with the little girl’s death.
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Perry left the bench in 2014 and is now in private practise. For the first time since the 2011 verdict, the former judge is giving his opinion on what he thinks happened to Caylee. Perry thinks the girl’s death was accidental.
Little Caylee went missing in 2008 and her body was discovered by a utility worker five months later. The body, found in a wooded area, was too badly decomposed to determine the cause of death but duct tape was found covering Caylee’s mouth.
The prosecution’s theory was that Anthony intentionally killed her daughter so Anthony would not have to look after her while she partied. Although the defense threw out many theories including Anthony’s father George killed her and the utility worker who found the body was actually the killer, their main theory was Caylee accidentally drowned in Anthony’s parents' swimming pool.
In his first interview since the trial ended, Perry said he believes Caylee’s death was an accident. He believes Anthony put chloroform on duct tape and placed it over her daughter’s mouth with the intention of putting her to sleep. The former judge does not believe Anthony intended to kill the little girl but simply used too much chloroform.
Perry pointed out surgeons used chloroform as an anesthetic in the past.
Perry bases his theory on two factors. Evidence was adduced at trial that showed Anthony did computer searches to find out how chloroform can be used as a sedative. And further evidence established traces of chloroform were found in the trunk of Anthony’s car. This was consistent with the theory Anthony placed Caylee’s body in the trunk of her car and drove to the wooded area where Caylee's body was found.
Although the former judge did not criticize the jury for its verdict, he said if they believed what he believes, they would have probably convicted Anthony of second-degree murder or manslaughter.
Perry emphasized that his theory is just that—a theory and he does not know what really happened. He said, “The only person that actually knows what happened is Casey Anthony.”
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