Anthony Leaving Jail on July 16, 2011 with her
June 16, 2008 — 2 1/2-year-old Caylee Anthony is
last seen alive leaving the home of her grandparents,
George and Cindy Anthony, along with her mother
June 18, 2008 — Casey Anthony borrows a shovel
from Brian Burner, a neighbor of George and Cindy
Anthony. Burner says that Anthony returned it an hour
June 20, 2008 — Casey Anthony is captured in
various photos partying at Fusion nightclub and
participating in a “hard body contest.”
June 23, 2008 — Casey Anthony and her boyfriend,
Lazzaro, break into a shed at the Anthony family home to
borrow her father’s gas cans to fill her car, which
had run empty.
June 24, 2008 — Casey Anthony gets into a fight
with George Anthony about the gas can and she storms out
of the home. She tells her father that Caylee is with the
June 25, 2008 — Cell phone records show she was
in the area of her parents’ home.
July 15, 2008 — George and Cindy Anthony pick up
Casey’s car from a tow yard. George Anthony observes
a strong odor emanating from the vehicle. Later, back at
the Anthony family home, Casey tells her mother and
brother, Lee Anthony, that she hasn't seen Caylee in a
month and that a babysitter named Zanaida Fernandez
Gonzalez (Zanny) kidnapped her.
July 15-16, 2008 — Casey Anthony takes police to
the last place she says she saw Caylee. It turns out to
be a vacant apartment. Authorities also take her to
Universal Studios where she said she worked. She kept
walking with them and then suddenly halted when she was
almost at the door of what she claimed was her office.
The police testified that she then suddenly stopped and
stated that she really did not work there. In fact,
supervisors told the police that she hadn’t worked
there in more than two years.
October 14, 2008 — Casey Anthony indicted on
charges of first-degree murder, along with aggravated
manslaughter, aggravated child abuse and four counts of
providing false information to law enforcement.
December 11, 2008 — The skeletal remains of
Caylee Anthony are discovered in a wooded area not far
from the Anthony family home.
January 22, 2009 — The Florida State Attorney's
Office releases 311 pages of new documents in the Caylee
Anthony case. According to the documents, Caylee's
skeletal remains had been placed in a cloth laundry
hamper bag, prior to being placed inside a black plastic
garbage bag. The documents further reveal that a backpack
with the word 'adorable' on it, a Winnie the Pooh
blanket, a size 3T shirt, a pair of child's striped white
shorts and small, cloth-type, iron on letters were found
inside the bag. A search-warrant affidavit which detailed
the discovery of the remains also described a "heart
shaped" sticker that had been placed on duct tape that
was found wrapped around the child's skull.
January 23, 2009 — Casey Anthony's father, George
Anthony, is escorted to a hospital by police after he
allegedly sends suicidal text messages to family
April 14, 2009 — The State of Florida seeks the
imposition of the Death Penalty.
June 19, 2009 — The Orange-Osceola State
Attorney's Office released the 36-page Medical Examiner's
report on Caylee Marie Anthony's autopsy, along with
dozens of other pages of forensic reports.
August 25, 2009 — The state releases more than
2,000 pages of documents in the case, including photos
from a picture-sharing Web site and aerial photos of
where Caylee's remains were found.
September 8, 2009 — A judge in Orlando postpones
making a decision on whether to dismiss a defamation
lawsuit filed against Casey Anthony by Zenaida
September 17, 2009 — Casey Anthony's defense team
files a motion to dismiss the murder charges against her
because the state allegedly failed to preserve evidence
in the case.
September 29, 2009 — The state releases
additional discovery documents in the case, including
forensic reports from the FBI lab in Quantico, Va., that
confirmed Caylee's identity. Among the documents is a
report that states the duct tape found on Caylee's mouth
had been contaminated by an FBI evidence examiner.
October 6, 2009 — Assistant State Attorney Linda
Drane Burdick responds to the defenses motion to dismiss
the charges against Casey Anthony, claiming the motion is
"legally flawed". Burdick contends it will be decided at
the "close of all evidence" whether the state has proven
October 9, 2009 — The state releases 1,400 pages
of documents in the case, including photos and evidence
from the FBI crime lab. Among the photos are pictures of
Casey Anthony's infamous "La Bella Vida" (beautiful life)
October 20, 2009 — Judge Jose R. Rodriguez denies
the motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit against
November 6, 2009 — The state releases more
discovery documents in the case, including reports that a
bullet shell casing was found in the vicinity where
Caylee Anthony's remains were found.
December 11, 2009 — Casey Anthony breaks down in
court when Jeff Ashton gives the State's account of how
Caylee was murdered.
December 18, 2009 — Judge Stan Strickland denies
a request to take the death penalty off of the table in
the prosecution of Casey Anthony.
February 16, 2010 — The state releases three CD's
of photos and documents in the case, including
photographs of a syringe, Gatorade bottle and a child's
April 6, 2010 — Prosecutors release copies of
letters that were allegedly exchanged between Casey
Anthony and a jailhouse companion. Within the letter,
Anthony allegedly claims Zenaida Gonzalez does not exist.
Prosecutors further allege the letter reveals details
about Caylee's remains that only her killer would be
April 19, 2010 — Judge Stan Strickland steps down
after Casey Anthony's defense team files a motion
accusing him of having a personal relationship with a
pro-prosecution blogger. Strickland granted the motion
not on the basis that the relationship was inappropriate,
but because the accusation would "generate renewed
allegations of bias". Judge Belvin Perry Jr. is appointed
to take over the case.
April 23, 2010 — The state releases 300 pages of
documents in the case, including FBI lab notes, which
show investigators tore apart four vacuum cleaners that
had been taken from the Anthony family home. The vacuum
cleaners were examined for human hair with
characteristics of human decomposition. None were
July 15, 2010 — Judge Belvin Perry rules the jury
will be permitted to hear a 911 call made by Casey
Anthony's mother, Cindy, in which she says the odor
coming from her daughters car smells like a dead
July 26, 2010 — Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose
Baez, lashes out at an unidentified blogger for allegedly
using photos from his Facebook profile. In addition to
removing the photos, Baez claims he has contacted a civil
lawyer to prepare a court case against the blogger.
July 30, 2010 — Casey Anthony's defense attorneys
spend three hours deposing Roy Kronk, the former Orange
County employee who found Caylee Anthony's remains in
August 9, 2010 — Casey Anthony's defense team
files a motion accusing George and Cindy Anthony's former
attorney, Mark NeJame, of obstruction and promoting his
own interests by approaching crime writer David Lohr
about writing a book on the case and discussing a plea
deal Anthony had allegedly been offered. NeJame
acknowledged he did discuss a book with Lohr, but says
there was a misunderstanding about the plea deal.
August 16, 2010 — George and Cindy Anthony's
attorney, Brad Conway, steps down because of a motion
filed by Casey Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez. The defense
attorney claimed Conway was given unrestricted access to
documents belonging to Texas EquuSearch, the missing
person search and recovery group that searched for
two-year-old Caylee Anthony. Baez claimed he was not
given the same access to the documents.
August 30, 2010 — Casey Anthony's lawyers submit
an amended witness list to the court that includes
Anthony's family members, expert witnesses, law
enforcement officials and David Lohr, a crime writer who
covered the search effort for Investigation
September 28, 2010 — Judge Belvin Perry denies a
request made by Casey Anthony's defense attorneys to
allow Dutch experts to do additional DNA testing on
evidence that is to be submitted at trial. According to
the Orlando Sentinel, Perry said he did not feel
comfortable allowing evidence to leave the court's
November 2, 2010 — The State of Florida releases
1,000 pages of evidence in the Casey Anthony case. The
documents include letters that were sent to Casey Anthony
in jail, as well as e-mail conversations among Anthony
family members from 2008.
November 29, 2010 — Judge Belvin Perry denies a
request made by prosecutors to order Casey Anthony's
defense team to turn over information about their expert
witnesses, including contracts, communications and
billing records. In making his decision, Perry said
prosecutors could obtain the information via the
witnesses themselves or a subpoena.
2011February 11, 2011 — Judge Belvin Perry rules
that Casey Anthony's alleged history of lying and
stealing is admissible in court.
February 15, 2011 — Judge Belvin Perry rules that
postings by Casey Anthony allegedly made to social
networking websites prior to her indictment can be
presented to a jury by prosecutors. Perry also ruled that
only portions of Anthony's sex life will be admissible at
April 27, 2011 — Judge Allows Chloroform Test
evidence to be presented at trial, rejecting a motion by
Casey Anthony. The prosecution claims tests revealed
significant amounts of chloroform in the trunk of Casey's
May 9, 2011 — Jury selection begins in Clearwater
for Casey Anthony’s murder trial.
May 24, 2011 — Trial begins in Orlando, Florida.
The prosecution shows jurors a photo during opening
statements of Caylee Anthony alive and smiling, along
with a picture of the girl’s skull as it was found
in 2008. They say Anthony used duct tape to suffocate
her. The defense contends the child actually drowned in
her grandparents’ swimming pool.
June 17, 2011 — Casey Anthony defense expert
contradicts state entomologist.
July 3, 2011 — Closing arguments are given.
July 5, 2011 — Casey Anthony acquitted of all
felony charges (i.e., of first-degree murder, aggravated
manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse), but is
convicted of misdemeanor charges of giving false
information to police.
July 7, 2011 - The judge sentences Casey Anthony to
one year in jail and ,000 in fines for each of the four
counts of providing false information to a law
enforcement officer. Based on three years credit for time
served plus additional credit for good behavior, her
release date was set for July 13, 2011.
July 16, 2011--Casey Anthony was released from jail
just after midnight on July 16.