Infamous Florida mother Casey Anthony was acquitted in July of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, after a six-week trial that gripped the nation. Caylee was reported missing on July 15, 2008, after Casey Anthony told her parents she had not seen Caylee since she was kidnapped by a nanny on June 16, 2008. Caylee's decomposed body was found in the woods near the Anthonys' home in December and a medical examiner was never able to determine how she died. At trial, the defense said Anthony lied about the nanny, claiming that Caylee had actually died in the family swimming pool on June 16. They stated that her seemingly carefree attitude was in fact a way for her to hide the emotional distress caused by sexual abuse from her father.
The prosecution contended that Caylee was suffocated with duct tape by her mother, who loved to party, tattooed herself with the Italian words for "beautiful life" in the month her daughter was missing and crafted elaborate lies to mislead everyone from investigators to her own parents about what had happened to her daughter.
Many dedicated followers of the trial camped outside the courthouse daily to get a spot to watch the drama unfold inside. It was this public fascination and heavy media attention that caused jury selection to take place outside of Orlando. Jurors were brought in from the Tampa Bay area and sequestered for the entire trial.
Anthony was acquitted of murder, and found guilty of four lesser charges of providing false information to a law enforcement officer. With credit for time served she spent only one additional week in jail after her sentencing.
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ORLANDO, Fla. - The meter reader who discovered the remains of Casey Anthony's 2-year-old daughter in 2008 is suing her for defamation.
Roy Kronk's suit was filed Wednesday. His attorney says Anthony's defense team made multiple false statements, including that Kronk killed 2-year-old Caylee, that he was a child snatcher and that he moved the remains, according to a story in The Orlando Sentinel.
Anthony initially reported her daughter had been abducted, but her attorney, Jose Baez, said during trial she knew her daughter had drowned in the family pool.
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Anthony also faces lawsuits from Texas EquuSearch and Zenaida Gonzalez, whose name Anthony initially gave authorities as a possible abductor.
Anthony was acquitted of killing Caylee and released from jail in July.
A message left for Baez wasn't immediately returned.
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