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Casey Anthony Trial Underway; Florida Mom Accused of Killing 2-Year-Old Daughter

Casey Anthony Trial Updates

Casey Anthony Trial Updates

One of the most momentous trials in Florida history began in Clearwater this morning as dozens of potential jurors filed into the Pinellas County Courthouse for the start of Casey Anthony’s first-degree murder trial.

The start of Anthony’s trial comes nearly three years after the search for Anthony’s two-year-old daughter Caylee captured the nation’s attention. Some 1,500 to 1,800 people scoured the area near Anthony’s home, making it one of the largest searches ever for a missing child.

Casey Anthony Trial Updates

Caylee was last seen on June 16, 2008, and her remains were found in December 2008 near her family home. Casey Anthony has long maintained her innocence and claims her daughter was abducted by a babysitter.

“We are about to begin jury selection the case of the state of Florida versus Casey Anthony,” Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry said at the start of the hearing. “This is a criminal case.”

Anthony cried as Perry read the charges against her, which include capital murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child and misleading law enforcement. The prosecution, Perry told the jury, is seeking the death penalty.

About $500,000 has already been spent in the Anthony case and officials estimate her trial will cost Florida taxpayers an additional $360,000. Roughly 600 journalists from around the world have requested media credentials, leading to speculation that coverage of the trial will even outweigh that of O.J. Simpson’s 1995 murder trial; which, at the time, was often referred to as the “Trial of the Century.”

Anthony, who has spent much of the past three years incarcerated in the Orange County Jail in Orlando, was transferred to the Pinellas County Jail today for the jury selection phase of her trial.

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