The drama has ended. For now.
Today, after a six-week trial, a jury found Casey Anthony, the 25-year-old Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, not guilty of murder, but guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement personnel.
Below is a timeline of the Anthony case from summer 2008, when Caylee was first reported missing, to the present.
June 15, 2008: Caylee Anthony was last seen visiting her great-grandfather at an assisted living facility.
July 15, 2008: Casey Anthony’s mother Cindy reports that Caylee has been missing for a month. In a call to the 9-1-1 dispatcher, she says, “There is something wrong. I found my daughter’s car today [and] it smells like there’s been a dead body in the damn car.”
July 16, 2008: Police arrest Casey for child neglect, providing false information to investigators, and obstructing a criminal investigation.
August 21, 2008: Casey is released from prison. California bounty hunter Leonard Padilla posted the $500,000 bond a day earlier in order to get more information from Casey about her daughter’s whereabouts.
August 29, 2008: Police re-arrest Casey for charges independent of the Caylee case, which include petty theft and falsifying checks. Her $500,000 bail is revoked, and her new bail is posted as $503, 200.
September 3, 2008: Evidence reveals that chloroform was found in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car.
October 14, 2008: Casey Anthony is indicted on seven counts, including first-degree murder.
November 26, 2008: Documents reveal that the terms “neck breaking,” “lost numbers,” “how to make chloroform,” and “household weapons” were Google-searched on a computer that Casey Anthony also accessed.
December 11, 2008: Human bones, suspected to be Caylee’s, are found in the woods near the Anthony home.
December 19, 2008: Medical examiner Dr. Jan Garavaglia declares that the remains do belong to Caylee and confirms the toddler’s death.
January 13, 2009: Roy Kronk, the utility worker who found Caylee’s remains, denies that he played any role in Caylee’s disappearance.
January 23, 2009: After he goes missing for a day, George Anthony, Casey’s father, is hospitalized for reportedly trying to commit suicide.
April 13, 2009: Prosecutors begin to pursue the death penalty for Casey.
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December 18, 2009: Judge Stan Strickland rejects the defense’s request to take the death penalty out of the picture, arguing that the jury will decide whether that is the proper punishment.
January 26, 2010: Casey pleaded guilty to 13 check-fraud charges. She was accused of going on a “spending spree” while Caylee was still missing in summer 2008.
March 8, 2010: Judge determines that the trial will take place on May 9, 2011.
March 19, 2010: Judge deems Casey indigent, meaning that taxpayers will pay for her defense.
April 19, 2010: Judge Strickland steps down after cameras caught him having an “inappropriate conversation” about the case with blogger Dave Knechel. Judge Belvin Perry, Jr., takes over.
July 15, 2010: Judge rules Cindy’s 9-1-1 call will be used in the trial.
April 26, 2011: Judge allows the prosecution to present “controversial” evidence to the jury: an FBI analyst to testify regarding a heart-shaped sticker on a piece of duct tape found stuck to Caylee’s head; a K-9 unit handler to talk about the dog’s findings near the trunk of Casey’s car; and the state to discuss a strand of hair found in the trunk that is said to come from a decomposing body.
May 9, 2011: Jury selection for the trial begins.
May 24, 2011: The prosecution argues that Casey knocked-out her daughter using chloroform, duct-taped her mouth shut, and tossed her body in the woods. Defense lawyer Jose Baez argues that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family’s backyard pool on June 16, 2008. He also maintained that Casey’s father George and brother Lee sexually molested Casey when she was a young girl.
June 23, 2011: Casey’s mother Cindy claims that she, not Casey, Google-searched “chloroform” to figure out whether the chemical “chlorophyll” in bamboo was making her dog tired.
July 1, 2011: Prosecutors bring in Cindy Anthony’s co-workers to testify that Casey’s mother was working and could not have been at home to do those Internet searches.
July 3, 2011: Heated closing arguments take place.
July 5, 2011: Jury deems Casey not guilty of murder, but guilty of providing false information to investigators. Sentencing is scheduled for Thursday.Video: Casey Anthony Verdict