Casey Anthony Case
On July 5th, 2011, Casey Anthony, a 22-year-old mother, was acquitted on charges of first degree murder, aggravated manslaughter of a child and aggravated child abuse.
Belvin Perry Jr. (born October 10, 1949, in Orlando, Florida) is a personal-injury attorney and former chief judge in the Florida’s Ninth Judicial Circuit. He was the presiding judge for the high profile Casey Anthony murder trial.
Born on March 19, 1986, in Warren, Ohio, Casey Anthony was one of two children of Cindy and George Anthony, with George having worked in law enforcement. Casey was a bright, personable young girl with friends and what many thought was an ordinary American family.
When she was 19, Casey gave her family yet another shock. She had put on weight, and her parents suspected she was pregnant. Casey denied it, claiming she was a virgin. Months into her pregnancy, she told her parents the truth. The identity of the baby’s father, however, remained a mystery.
In mid-June 2008, with her suitability as a mother called into question by Cindy, Casey left her parents’ home after a major argument, taking Caylee with her.
Over the ensuing weeks, Cindy called her daughter to check on Caylee. Each time, Casey told her the little girl was out with a babysitter, Zenaida “Zanny” Fernandez-Gonzalez.
On July 13, 2008, Cindy and George Anthony received a letter saying that Casey’s car was in a tow yard. When George went to pick the car up, he found Casey’s purse, along with Caylee’s car seat and toys. George noticed a strong smell, like that of organic matter decomposing, coming from the trunk. Alarmed, Cindy found Casey at the home of her boyfriend, Tony Lazaro, and brought her home. Casey broke down, telling her mother and brother Lee that she had left Caylee with nanny Zenaida Fernandez-Gonzalez in Orlando on June 16, and that Gonzalez had kidnapped the toddler. Click here to read the full story