Judge in Casey Anthony trial speaks out about verdict

A judge who presided over the sensational case of Casey Anthony says she probably caused her daughter to die but not on objective. Evidence at the trial showed that Anthony searched online how to use chloroform as a sedative, and traces of the chemical were later found in her vehicle. Perry tells WFTV the accidental killing theory is "the most logical thing that [could have] occurred, in my eyesight, based on everything I know about the case". Judge Perry agrees that Anthony did not murder Caylee, but he does think she probably killed her by accident. After telling a small Orlando blog that he thought Anthony may have unintentionally killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, with chloroform, he clarified his remarks. Much to the collective shock and anger of an American public who had been watching the case nearly religiously, Anthony was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and aggravated child abuse.

Still, Judge Perry made it clear that this was just his personal theory.

Caylee Anthony disappeared in 2008 and in one of Florida's most sensational trials, her mother was found not guilty of her death in 2011.

Casey Anthony has laid low in the years since the jury acquitted her in 2011. Prosecutors, meanwhile, argued Anthony suffocated her daughter with duct tape. The big question that was not answered: "How did Caylee die?"

"As I've expressed, the only person that really knows what happened was Casey", Perry said. Just four days after Caylee allegedly drowned, Casey Anthony was at a Florida bar competing in a "hot body contest".

  • Larry Hoffman