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time will score. it's sickening. >> thanks for your time tonight. appreciate it. tonight in our survey i asked you are the republicans negotiating in good fate on the debt ceiling. 9% said yes, and 91% said no. great to be back with you. that's "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. the msnbc special the casey anthony trial starts now. the trial has riveted much of the nation. >> did you kill caylee? >> the story of a young mother accused of killing her 2 1/2-year-old daughter. her father came into her room and touched her inappropriately. >> accusations that pit parent against child. >> have you ever sexually molested your daughter, casey anthony? >> is casey anthony a selfish
casey is accused of killing her 2 1/2-year-old daughter, caylee marie. >> this particular case has just fascinated everybody. >> the toddler was last seen alive in june 2008, a month later casey claimed the little girl was missing, kidnapped by a baby-sitter. her skeletal remains were found six months later. nbc's kerry sanders has covered the case from the beginning. >> trial is unique because of the emotional connection that strangers can have because there's a little girl here who died. >> the casey anthony murder trial. >> dramatic evidence today in the casey anthony murder trial. >> the massive attention the
trial has received so far indicates that the story has touched a nerve. >> people are shocked to think that a mother could murder her own child. >> you may be seated. >> nearly three years after caylee anthony disappeared, judge belvin perry jr. calls the case to order. >> it is time to tell the story of a little girl named caylee. >> prosecutor linda drane-burdick arguing that casey anthony killed caylee and for 31 days she lived the good life, shopping, clubbing, and partying with friends. >> casey anthony is just gal vanting around orlando captured on video at target, captured at video at bank of america. no one knows where caylee is. >> meanwhile, cindy anthony, caylee's grandmother, was trying desperately to see the little girl. the prosecution says that casey avoided her, putting her off with a escalating series of lies
about a fictitious job, made-up locations and a nanny that never existed. >> cindy anthony pressing her daughter wants to know where caylee anthony is. where is caylee anthony? >> caylee, the prosecution says, was already dead. >> you will learn that three pieces of overlapping duct tape covered the nose and mouth of caylee anthony. >> the prosecution then spells out the motive. >> caylee's death allows casey anthony to live the good life, at least for those 31 days. >> everyone wants to know what happened. >> defense attorney jose baez has long suggested that the truth will come out at trial. >> how in the world can a mother wait 30 days before ever reporting her child missing? it's insane. it's bizarre.
something's just not right about that. >> when he makes his opening statement, it's a bombshell. >> the answer is actually relatively simple. she never was missing. caylee anthony died on june 16th, 2008 when she drowned in the family's swimming pool. >> pure accident. if they're able to prove that, that's a complete defense to every degree of murder. >> if it was an accident, why didn't casey report it and why 31 days later did he say caylee was kidnapped by a baby-sitter. the defense's explanation is shocking. >> it all began when casey was eight years old and her father came into her room and began to touch her inappropriately. >> as casey looks on in tears, baez argues that her father george anthony sexually abused her and that casey learned to cope with lies and denial. this, they say, explains her behavior in the wake of caylee's
death. >> she acted as if it never happened. it never even happened. you hear stories of this zani the nanny. it's true. for two years she pretended she had a job and pretended she had a nanny. is that normal? is that bha normal people do? that's what casey had to do to live. she forced herself to live in a world that she wanted to, not the one she was thrust into. >> the defense argues that after finding caylee's dead body in the family pool, george and casey covered it up together. >> george began to yell at her. look what you've done! your mother will never forgive you, and you will go to jail for child neglect for the rest of your fricking life. she's not guilty of murder. this is not a murder case. this is not a manslaughter case.
this is a sad, tragic accident. it snowballed out of control. >> so many times defense attorney jose baez said the real story will come out when we get to court, and boy, did he deliver. >> coming up, a look back at the investigation into caylee's disappearance. >> there's something wrong. i found my daughter's car today, and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car. >> later casey's father stays the stand. have you ever sexual molested your daughter casey anthony? this past year alone there's been a 67% spike in companies embracing the cloud-- big clouds, small ones, public, private, even hybrid. your data and apps must move easily and securely to reach many clouds, not just one. that's why the network that connects, protects, and lets your data move fearlessly through the clouds means more than ever. introducing the schwab mobile app.
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onlookers is george anthony, casey's father, caylee's grandfather. the defense made startling claims against him in is opening statement. >> and it all began when casey was 8 years old and her father came into her room and began to touch her inappropriately. >> the story of what happened to little caylee anthony has been a changing one, and the defense has just outlined a very different series of events. >> house is very quiet. >> but in 2008 while the search for their granddaughter was under way and so much was still unknown, george and cindy anthony spoke to msnbc news about life with and without their granddaughter. >> she's just -- she's been our blessing, you know, and she's just our entire life, and without her it's very, very empty. >> caylee marie anthony was born august 9th, 2005. casey, a single mom and her daughter live with george and cindy. >> it was just nice being grandma, it was nice coming home from work and, you know, having caylee there.
i never got tired of caylee. i scooped her up every chance i got. >> june 15th, 2008 -- >> father's day weekend on a sunday, cindy took caylee with her to go visit cindy's father at a nursing home. >> give papa a hug and a kiss. >> this is the last known footage ever recorded of caylee anthony. >> the next day on the 16th, monday, george sees casey leaving for work. caylee is with her. they both have their backpacks. >> and that is the last time george and cindy say they ever see caylee. cindy reaches out to casey to find out where she and caylee are. again and again casey avoids her. >> you know, she had an explanation every day of where she was and a reasonable explanation. >> but cindy grows desperate as days turn to weeks and still no
caylee. then george finds out their car, the white sun fire casey has been driving has been towed. concern gives way to panic when they get close to the car and smell something. >> they get there and they say there's this overwhelming stench just coming from the car. you're three feet away and you can smell it. >> george is a former sheriff's deputy and later tells police he knows the smell. >> it smells like a decomposing body. >> after retrieving the car, cindy anthony finally tracks casey down through a friend and confronts her. >> when casey came to the door, you know, i asked her where caylee was and she said she was with the nanny, and i said let's go pick up caylee, and she said no, mom, you know, it's kind of late in the evening. i told her, i said one of two things is happening, you know, either we are going to drive to, you know, pick up caylee or i'm going to take you to the police
station and someone else is going to help me pick up caylee. >> casey confesses to cindy that she hasn't seen caylee in a month and says a baby-sitter cindy has never left has kidnapped the toddler. >> i have a possible missing child of a 3 year old that's been missing for a month. >> a 3-year-old? >> yes. >> have you reported that? >> cindy reports caylee's disappearance and something else. >> there's something wrong. i found my daughter's car today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the damn car. >> investigators get to work. first, they look for the baby-sitter casey says took caylee, but the details and location casey gives them don't check out. police believe that the story is a lie. the baby-sitter doesn't exist. >> casey and truth have a problem. everything she said almost is a complete lie or it's not checking out. >> casey continues her charade,
bringing police to universal studios where she says she works. when they get there, she finally admits she hasn't worked there in two years. >> she took police to an imaginary job, a place that she didn't work. how do you bring the cops to a place that you don't work to show them the cubeical that you don't sit in. >> police begin piecing together a disturbing picture of what casey has been up to in the 31 days since caylee disappeared. ron stucker is chief of the criminal investigation in orange county at the time of caylee's appearance. >> she goes and gets a new tattoo which says bella vitae which means beautiful life. she is text messaging her friends setting up appointments
to do things. in none of those does she express concerns about her child. >> with casey behind bars, crime scene investigators descend on the anthony home. >> we had cadaver dogs alerting in the parents' backyard. they are already indicating to us that there's been a dead body in that trunk. >> after five weeks in jail and still no sign of caylee, casey is released on bond. coming up, a utility worker makes a gruesome discovery. >> yes. this is the emergency dispatch. we found a human skull. >> and later -- >> did you dispose of the body of your granddaughter? [ male announcer ] introducing the ultimate business phone --
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august 2008, no one has seen little caylee marie anthony for more than two months. her mother casey has been charged with obstructing the investigation. her troubles are about to multiply. casey is again arrested. this time on charges unrelated to caylee's disappearance. >> she had used some moneys and checks in an account that did not belong to her. it belonged to someone else. >> casey would later plead guilty to check fraud. meanwhile, the orange county sheriff's office goes on to reveal preliminary findings of
its forensic investigation. >> we do have returns that indicate human decomposition was present and located in the defendant's vehicle. >> among the findings, elevated traces of chloroform found in the spare tire cover and trunk liner, and some disturbing internet searches on the family computer. someone had used the computer before caylee disappeared. back in march there were google searches for neck breaking and household weapons and even more significantly. >> was on the computer is where we found that there were searches for the word chloroform and trying to find information about chloroform. >> the google searchs on the anthony computer are really troublesome. >> casey's family continues to stand by her amid the flood of forensic evidence and increasing public hostility.
an orange county grand jury indicts casey on october 14th, 2008. >> to first count is first degree murder. >> casey pleads not guilty to all the charges against her, including first degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated man slaughter and four counts of lying to investigators. in a jailhouse visit with her parents, casey steadfastly maintains that caylee is alive and with the mysterious baby-sitter, the one police believe she made up. >> she needs to return caylee. i don't know what her reasons are? >> mom, i don't know. i forgive her. my only concern is that caylee comes back to us and she's smiling and she's happy and that she is -- that she's okay. >> but on december 11th, 2008, six months after caylee is last seen, a utility worker makes a
startling discovery. >> this is orange county utility emergency dispatch. we found a human skull. >> oh, my gosh, what he 's the location? >> the remains of a young child are found inside a sealed plastic bag about a quarter of a mile away from the anthony home. duct tape is wrapped around the skull. the medical examiner announces her findings. >> with regret, i'm here to inform you that the skeletal remains found on december 11th are those of the missing toddler, caylee anthony. the cause of death is going to be listed as homicide by undetermined means. >> in late january, a month after caylee's remains are found, george anthony is taken to the hospital, then released after an apparent suicide attempt. police track him down at a daytona beach motel after his family reports him missing. >> he's been through a lot. the entire anthony family has
been through i a lot. >> a year and a half later as casey's trial approaches, george and cindy anthony once again sit down with msnbc news. >> i want my daughter home. then again, we need to see this through. we have always said we always wanted to find out what happened to caylee, no matter where the road or the path takes us. >> i want the truth to come out and i want the evidence to show that casey had nothing to do with it. >> in may of 2011 the long awaited trial finally begins. casey anthony could face the death penalty if she's convicted in the murder of her daughter. >> the most anticipated murder trials in florida history has started. >> day one already made shocking allegations. casey is actually a victim. >> who is going to believe a liar? especially if they cry sexual abuse. >> her attorneys argue that her father, george, sexually abused casey as a child and covered up what was actually the accidental drowning of caylee.
the prosecution waste no, ss no addressing the claims. it calls its first witness, george anthony. >> have you ever sexually molested your daughter, casey anthony? >> no, sir. have you ever committed any sexually inappropriate act with or in the presence of your daughter, casey anthony? >> no, sir. >> the prosecution had no choice but to bring george anthony onto the stand immediately because that question was in the jury's minds. immediately the prosecution answered it. >> were you present in your home when caylee anthony died? >> no. when i heard that today, it hurt really bad.
because if i would have known something would have happened to caylee, we wouldn't be here today. >> did you dispose of the body of your granddaughter? >> no, i did not. >> coming up, who is casey anthony? a self-absorbed party girl capable of killing or a loving mother unjustly accused. >> casely and caylee had a very special one. the network. a living, breathing intelligence that's helping drive the future of business. in here, inventory can be taught to learn. ♪ machines have a voice. ♪ medical history follows you. it's the at&t network -- a network of possibilities... committed to delivering the most advanced mobile broadband experience to help move business... forward. ♪ jeremy, look at me.
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>> casey anthony is on trial for her life. the prosecution argues that the 25-year-old mom was more interested in socializing than in her daughter. >> caylee's death allowed casey anthony to live the good life. >> they call witnesses who describe her behavior after the disappearance. >> she always seemed like she was having a good time. >> did she ever tell you that her daughter was missing? >> no, sir. >> that her daughter had been kidnapped? >> no, sir. >> anthony, casey's ex-boyfriend takes the stand. he was with her at the video store after her daughter disappeared, june 16th, the same day defense now claims caylee drowned. >> how would you describe her demeanor? >> the way she was every day. >> which was? >> happy.
happy to see me. >> later that week casey takes part in a contest in a nightclub called fusion. >> what is that a photograph of? >> that is a photograph of -- >> i'm sorry? >> the hot body contest going on. >> whether she killed her or the child went missing, she really was never out there looking for little caylee. she was happy she had her freedom. >> but on cross-examination, defense attorney shows a completely different side of casey. friends and family call a loving and doting mother. >> how often during that time did you see casey and caylee hugging and showing affection with one another. >> pretty much the whole time. >> casey and caylee had a very special bond. >> and did it appear genuine to
you, mallo yo you? >> it did. they were just great together. >> the version of casey anthony that's been shown is a cold-blooded liar who just wants to party, who cares nothing about her daughter when she's missing in those 31 days, but they have also seen another side through other witnesses who say she's a great mother and they had an extraordinary bond. so it's complex and the jury is going to wonder how both things could be true. >> the prosecution also plays the 911 call cindy anthony made after learning her granddaughter had been missing for weeks. listening to the tape seems to bring the grieving grandmother back to that day when life as she knew it ended. >> i called a little bit ago the deputy sheriff's and found out my granddaughter has been taken. she has been misinformed. the mother finally admitted that she's been missing. >> we are talking about a 3-year-old little girl. oh, my god i finally admitted that the baby turned 4.
i need to find her. >> cindy anthony's reaction to the 911 tape was visceral. >> how long has she been missing for? >> i had not seen her since the 7th of june. >> sitting on the stand and then listening and slowly falling down behind the witness stand in tears crumpled over in agony, i don't think there's a single person who didn't feel sorry for her. >> after a short break, cindy returns to the stand and the prosecution plays another audiotape. this time in a phone call from jail casey seems angry with her mother about what cindy said in a recent media appearance. >> well, i just saw your nice little cameo on tv. you don't know what my involvement is and stuff? >> casey. >> mom. >> what. >> no, i don't know what your involvement is, sweetheart. you're not telling me where she's at. >> because i don't [ bleep ]
know where she's at. are you kidding me. >> casey, don't waste your call to scream and holler at me. >> waste my time sitting in the jail. >> who's fault is it that you're sitting in the jail? you're blaming you for sitting in the jail. what do you mean it's not your fault, sweetheart? if you would have told them the truth and not lied. >> i don't want to talk to you. >> when her friend gets on the call, it only seems to irritate her more. >> oh, my god. a waste, huge waste. >> usually if the defendant doesn't testify, you have to just kind of guess at what they sound like or what they are like or what they would say if they could talk. well, here we see what this young lady is actually really like. >> the prosecution goes on to
present jailhouse videos of visits in 2008 between casey and her family. videos the defense tried to keep out of court, but judge barry denied the request. >> it's kind of like candid camera, the behind the scenes look, and it ain't pretty. >> i'm just as much of a victim as the rest of you and it hasn't been portrayed that way and probably won't be but i know that. >> that is a narcissism to the nth degree. >> george desperately seeking information about caylee. if the defense's theory is true, george would already know that his granddaughter had drowned in the pool. >> the agencies can come up with a plan to get caylee, get caylee safely, believe me. that can happen. that can happen. >> i understand that, dad. >> so we just need all the cooperation we can get, sweetheart. >> i have given you guys everything that i have and some.
>> the videotapes tell us that the real deal is if you don't have those videotapes, the defense can spin any kind of story that you want but the videotapes aren't alive. you are seeing it for real. there is nothing but truth right there and that's what the jury is getting. >> i wish i could have been a better dad and better grandma, you know. >> you've been a great dad and you've been the best grandfat r grandfather. don't for a second think otherwise. you and mom have been the best grandparents. caylee's been so lucky. >> when the jury hears casey anthony on these jailhouse tapes singing her parents' praises, they are going to have a very hard time of the same person who says she's a victim of family incest, it cuts against casey anthony's credibility. >> in one conversation cindy is distraught over a story the press has released. is it a hint at what will become casey's defense. >> someone just said that caylee
was dead this morning that she drowned in the pool. that's the newest story out there. >> surprise surprise. >> those jailhouse videotapes are revealing. they tell us her personality. they tell us her character. but there's one thing that those videotapes don't answer. and that is did she murder her daughter? coming up, accident or homicide? the medical examiner takes the stand. >> there is no child that should have duct tape on its face when it dies. ♪ [ male announcer ] if it's true that sharks can sense even a drop of blood from a quarter of a mile away, which razor would you use? ♪ ♪
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25-year-old casey anthony stands trial for the murder of her little girl. the detective testifies about an auto taped interview with casey just days before she said her daughter is kidnapped. >> i'm scared i don't know what where my daughter is. >> what's the name? >> za naida. i know that i have documentation on my computer somewhere. >> the detective would soon learn there is no nanny. >> she's portraying this drama for you and she's trying to suck you into it and the more detail she thinks she gives you, the more likely you will believe believe her. >> casey goes on fabricating intricate details about the so called nanny. >> she had a couple of roommate. >> did you know any of those
roommates? >> darrel and jennifer. >> i think casey thinks that she can talk her way out of anything, get her way out of anything, and i think she operates in a world in which she really believes in the moment what she's doing and what she's saying. >> do you know where she's from with a name like -- >> she's puerto rican and her father is black. she's from new york. she lives in miami. >> just on and on, lie after lie and no remorse about the lies. if you catch her had n a lie, she doesn't care. >> in 2008 casey took investigators to universal studios where she claimed she worked, but again, she was caught in the lie when they discovered she was fired two years earlier. >> ms. anthony told us she worked at universal studios. she was very matter of fact when she told us what she did. >> did you lie to us? >>
>> if you do point it out to her and say wait a minute i know that was a lie when she got to universal studios, and then she moves on to her next lie. >> how old is she. >> she's almost three. >> do you think she -- >> because she's with someone else. >> she's with someone else. she hid her from you for five weeks. but she was -- >> the jury listens as investigators seem to get fed up with casey's stories. >> here's where the truth needs to come out. okay, no more lies, no more opening up your mouth. we have been very respective.
but we're tired of the lies. no more lies. what happened to caylee? >> i don't know. >> you do know. >> i don't know where she is. >> the prosecution may have succeeded in painting casey a liar, but now they turn to the forensic evidence to try to convince a jury she's also a murderer. key to this part of the trial an overwhelming odor that smelled like a dead body. >> i opened the driver's side. i immediately smelled the odor of decomposition. >> samples were stored in cans to preserve the smell. >> prosecution is trying something very novel in this case which is introducing evidence of a smell of death from a trunk of a car. >> dr. vos, a senior researcher with the oak ridge national lab tested those samples. >> do you have an opinion as to whether it was a decomposing human body in the trunk of that
car at some point? >> i can find no other plausible explanation other than that to explain all the results we found. >> now that's going to be very damning evidence, but it doesn't automatically link casey to that dead body. >> also found in the trunk, a strand of hair consistent with caylee's that prosecutors say showed signs of decomposition. and then there was the chloroform. the prosecution suggested the potentially toxic substance played a role in caylee's death. >> did the amount of chloroform that you found in the crow mat gram surprise you? >> we were shocked. >> why? >> we have never seen chloroform in that level in environmental samples before, at least i never have. >> the prosecution continues to connect the dots going from the chloroform found in the trunk of the car to dozens of internet searches on the anthonies' home computer for chloroform and how to make it. >> how many times was that site
visited? >> according to the history 84 times. >> they argue casey was the only one at home who could have made those searches, searches that took place in march 2008, three months before caylee disappeared. >> i think it's going to automatically make a jury think she was looking into murder, ways of murdering her child. the defense could have argued an accidental chloroforming. she was trying to put her to sleep but not kill her. but again, they are not going with that strategy. >> after testimony about the computer searches, the prosecution turns to the gruesome findings of december 2008. medical examiner dr. jan garvolia explains there is no other logical conclusion other than homicide to explain caylee's death. >> there is no child that should have duct tape on its face when it dies. there's no reason to put duct tape on the face after they die. based on our experience we've
seen that in cases of homicide. >> and there's more disturbing details about that duct tape. according to the prosecution, it's the same brand of duct tape that was found covering a gas can in the anthony home, a brand not widely available. and something else, a haunting detail. >> an outline of a heart appeared in one of the corners on the edge of that piece of duct tape. >> an fbi forensic examiner testifies about a heart-shaped sticker that she believes was placed on the duct tape over caylee anthony's mouth. a set of heart stickers was also found in the anthony home. after more than 50 witnesses and 19 days of trial, the prosecution rests. >> the prosecution has done a compelling job. they have given us the character of this 25-year-old woman. they have shown us her ability
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if they can't, the jury is going to punish them for having made that promise. >> on june 16th the third anniversary of the day that caylee anthony was last seen alive, the defense begins its case. >> in 2008 -- >> it's first order of business, attacking the holes in the state's forensic evidence. mainly, what wasn't found. no blood or dna in the trunk of casey's car. >> there was no dna profile generated from those items. >> no chloroform found in the anthony home. >> did you find any containers that at one time or another contained chloroform? >> no, not at all. >> in the only dna found on the duct tape that the prosecution claims covered caylee's nose and mouth was from an fbi analyst who handled it. >> did you later find out that it was your profile on the duct tape. >> i did and it was. >> i think folks have come to expect with csi and law & order that the dna is going to be
there, and that's going to be the thing that says see, there's the evidence. it's not there. >> forensic pathologist dr. warner spitz testifies that the duct tape couldn't have played a role on caylee's death because it was placed on her skull after it had already decomposed. >> if duct tape were attached to the body on the face, there would have been dna on the face. >> no explanation as to why someone would locate a skeleton in the woods, get duct tape out, and then leave. that's a really curious question. >> the defense doesn't answer that question, but instead tries to raise suspicion about the utility worker who found caylee's remains, roy kraung. >> that was a horrific thing for me to find. >> the defense has long pinned its hope for reasonable doubts on what they believe is his dubious story. >> roy krnon notifies the authorities that he knows where
caylee's remains are in august. they are not found. >> i originally called -- >> he then notifies the authorities. he knows where they are in november, an officer shows up, they aren't found. then in december he walks into the woods and he finds the remains again. >> the defense suggests could kronk have moved or tampered with caylee's remains? prosecution quickly brings the focus back to the hard facts. >> you have never had any access to casey anthony's pontiac sun fire, i take it? >> no, ma'am. >> you have never had any access to the computer in the anthony family residence, i take it? >> no, ma'am. >> and never had access to any of the duct tape in the anthony family home? >> yes, ma'am. >> but if there is a bombshell moment for the defense, it's this. >> if those computer entries were made, then i made them. i was --
>> cindy anthony reveals that she was the one, not casey, who did searches for chloroform on the computer. it happened while she was looking up the word colorphil. >> both of the dogs would eelt the bamboo leaves and i started looking up chloroform. >> that was a moment in this entire trial. in one fell swoop, there goes first degree premeditated murder. >> but in the hard hitting cross-examination, prosecution put cindy's story to the test. >> were you on that website 84 times? >> i don't know. >> did you do 84 searches for the effects of colhloroform on your animals. >> i didn't do 84 searches of anything, but i don't know what my computer does while it's running. >> the prosecution points to her
timecards from work that indicate she couldn't have been there at the date and time on those searchs. >> is it your testimony in front of the jury that you were home between 2:16 and 2:28 p.m. ? >> it's possible. i mean -- >> were you or weren't you? >> i think cindy anthony looked like a liar, and i think all of a sudden it became clear that this family is a family of liars. >> i did not search -- >> cindy was lying about the chloroform search. then maybe she was lying in earlier testimony and she goes from being one of the prosecution's star witnesses to one of their worst witnesses and the case is falling apart. >> the defense turns to its story of an accidental drowning. >> do you know what that photograph is of mrs. anthony? >> yes. >> a tearful cindy anthony describes how just a year prior to her death caylee barely needed help getting up the ladder into the pool. could she have climbed up that
ladder on june 16th, 2008 to her death as the defense claims? and did george anthony confide to an alleged mistress about the drowning? >> he had said that it was an accident that snowballed out of control. >> george anthony denies the affair and says that conversation never took place. then the defense comes back to the story laid out in its opening statement that the anthony family has dark secrets. leave anthony, casey's older brother breaks down on the stand as he tells how casey's pregnancy was kept from him. >> i was very angry at my mom and i was also angry at my sister. they didn't want to include me. and didn't find it important enough to tell me. >> and then george anthony takes the stand denying the defense's
claims that he sexually molested his daughter. >> my question is you would never admit to it, would you, sir? >> sir, i would never do anything to harm my daughter in that way. >> only in that way. >> the defense presses george about his suicide attempt six weeks after caylee's remains were found. diaz had claimed that the suicide attempt. >> george anthony carried around this guilt for many months. >> the prosecutor reads from the suicide note to make a different point. >> she was so close to home. why was she there? who placed her there? >> george's anguished words proof the prosecution says that george had no idea what happened to caylee and couldn't have taken part in a cover-up of an accidental drowning. asked about his granddaughter's death, george cannot contain his feelings. >> had you held out the hope that caylee would be found alive? >> absolutely, every day from
july 15th until the day we were told it was caylee. >> then after sitting silently through weeks of emotional testimony, casey anthony speaks answering the question on so many minds, will she take the stand. >> and it is your decision not to testify? >> yes, sir. >> and with those words -- >> under, the defense rests. >> in closing arguments, the prosecution -- >> casey anthony is guilty of murder in the first degree. >> and then the defense. >> you have to rely on the evidence. you can't speculate. if you don't know what happened, it wasn't proven. >> one day into its deliberations, the jury announces it has reached a. >> as to the charge of first degree murder, we the jury find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of aggravated child abuse, we the jury find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of aggravated
manslaughter of a child, we the jury find the defendant not guilty. as to the charge of providing false information to a law enforcement officer, we the jury find the defendant guilty of providing false information to a law enforcement officer as charged in the indictment. >> a stunned jaw dropping moment. there was a lot of expectation it would be either guilty of first degree premeditated murder or a lesser manslaughter charge. >> we are disappointed with the verdict today and surprised because we know the facts and we put in absolutely every piece of evidence that existed. >> i am very happy for casey and i want her to be able to grieve and somehow get her life back together.