The not-guilty verdict of Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who has always maintained innocence in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, had stunned the country back in 2011. Now, years later, prosecutor Marcia Clark (best known for her work in the O.J. Simpson trial) claims new evidence has emerged that she believes puts Anthony's acquittal into question.
According to The Wrap, Clark, who reexamines the case for an A&E show, discovered the alleged evidence while reviewing the contents of a book by Anthony’s lawyer, Jose Baez. Clark now says that searches from Anthony's computer showed the mother looking for “foolproof suffocation" shortly before the death of Caylee (Casey's daughter). Baez maintained that Casey's suicidal father, George Anthony, had searched those terms as he was distraught over his granddaughter's death.
Says Clark: “The program that the defense attorney’s expert used was incorrect as to the time stamp. And that it wasn’t 1:51 when the search was done, it was 2:51 — at which point we know based on cellphone pings that George Anthony was at work, he was not at home. And that the only person who was at home when ‘foolproof suffocation’ was searched for was Casey Anthony. A pretty big deal.”
Baez has not offered a comment on Clark's claim.
Casey had officially been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter of a child, and four counts of providing false information to police, according to CNN. She was found not guilty of first-degree murder, manslaughter and the abuse charges, but was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of providing false information to law enforcement, according to ABC News. An appeals court later overturned two of those misdemeanor convictions.
In the wake of the trial, stricter laws were created that would force parents to notify police in the case of a child's death.
Caylee's grandparents, George and Cindy Anthony, released the following statement in July of 2011:
"While the family may never know what has happened to Caylee Marie Anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life. They will now begin the long process of rebuilding their lives. Despite the baseless defense chosen by Casey Anthony, the family believes that the Jury made a fair decision based on the evidence presented, the testimony presented, the scientific information presented and the rules that were given to them by the Honorable Judge Perry to guide them. The family hopes that they will be given the time by the media to reflect on this verdict and decide the best way to move forward privately..."
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