Casey Anthony is not guilty of first-degree murder in the killing of her two-year-old daughter Caylee Marie.
After deliberating for less than 11 hours over two days, a jury decided this afternoon that prosecutors did not prove Casey Anthony was guilty of capital murder in the death of the toddler her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Marie.
After the courtroom was cleared, a beaming Jose Baez, Casey Anthony's defense attorney, said, "while we are happy for Casey, there are no winners in this case."
He said Caylee passed much too young, but added: "Casey did not murder Caylee; it's just that simple."
As soon as the verdicts were read, Casey Anthony embraced Baez in the silent courtroom. The prosecutors in the case, Jeff Ashton and Linda Drane Burdick, looked somber.
Her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, walked out of the courtroom while Casey Anthony was being fingerprinted.
The verdict means 25-year-old Anthony was found not guilty of all charges except for four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officer.
As soon as the jury left the courtroom, Casey tightly hugged Baez, and then the rest of her defense team. All of them appeared to be crying.
In a news conference after the verdict, defense attorney Cheney Mason lashed out at the media and at the legal pundits that have been following the case for three years.
"I hope that this is a lesson to those of you that have indulged in media assassination the last three years," said Mason. He expressed anger at some of his fellow attorneys commenting on the case and criticizing the defense. He expressed appreciation for the jury.
The jury's verdicts represent a stunning victory for the defense and especially Baez, who came from relative obscurity to perhaps the most recognized criminal defense attorney in the world.
A pundit once questioned whether Baez was capable of a "My Cousin Vinny" moment. That moment apparently came when the jury heard his arguments during this trial.
Baez graciously thanked those people supporting him through the case during the last three years, especially Mason. He too noted the challenges this case presented to the justice system and the media.
"You cannot convict someone until they've had their day in court," Baez said.
He credited the prosecution and said all three prosecutors "serve the state of Florida very well."
He says now is the time to let Casey "grieve and grow and somehow get her life back together."