Ten Years Later, a Casey Anthony Juror Reflects on the Notorious Murder Case: ‘I Have a Recollection of Feeling Sick’
It’s been a decade since Casey Anthony was acquitted of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, but one juror continues to be haunted by the infamous 2011 case.
“Every single day, I think about the case at least once,” the unidentified male juror told People in a new interview published on Friday, May 21. “It was an odd summer. I was aware of the case’s public interest, but it wasn’t until I was sequestered that I realized the entire world was watching.”
Many people were outraged and stunned ten years ago when Anthony, now 35, walked free following a high-profile trial that garnered international attention. From May to July 2011, 12 jurors, seven women and five men, were forced to conceal themselves from the public eye and sit through over a month of testimony, examine hundreds of pieces of evidence, and hear 91 witnesses testify.
At the conclusion of the trial, jurors found Anthony not guilty of murder, manslaughter, or abuse — but convicted him of four counts of lying to police, two of which were dropped. She was released shortly afterwards.
Numerous jurors previously stated that they chose “not guilty” at the conclusion of their deliberations solely because the state was unable to establish how Caylee died.
“Every time I see her face or hear her name, I get a pit in my stomach,” the juror explained. “It all floods back. I’m reminded of the photographs of the baby’s remains they showed us in court. I recall Casey. I even recall the courtroom’s aroma.”
Caylee, 2, was last seen on June 16, 2008, but Anthony did not notify authorities until July 15. Anthony was later arrested on suspicion of child neglect. Casey was charged with first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse after the toddler’s remains were discovered and identified in December 2018.
Throughout the trial, it was debatable whether Caylee’s death was an accident, causing Casey to panic and attempt to cover it up, as the prosecutor contended, or whether the toddler was murdered intentionally by her mother.
“I believe that if I had it to do over, I would push harder to convict her of one of the lesser charges, such as aggravated manslaughter,” the male juror admitted in retrospect. “At the very least that. Alternatively, child abuse. I had no idea what I was doing, and I failed to stand up for what I believed in at the time. I recall feeling queasy every time one of [the jurors’] names appeared on my phone. As a result, I muted the chat and ceased to engage. It was simply too difficult.”
The juror admitted that if given another chance, he would have “done a lot of things differently,” but “it’s a part of who I am.” “This case will haunt me for the remainder of my years.”
Regarding Anthony’s life following the infamous trial, it appears she will one day tell her story in greater detail, a source exclusively told In Touch in March 2020. “Casey is composing a detailed and definitive account of her life, the tragedy of losing Caylee, and the events that ensued.”