An expert lip-reader believes that Casey Anthony may have mouthed the truth about who was to blame for the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony.
According to ABC News, Anthony supposedly made inaudible comments during the state’s closing arguments when prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick was speaking.
Terry Ruane deciphered “it’s not his fault” from Anthony’s lips, in reference to Burdick’s statement that the defendant was trying to point the finger at her father, George Anthony, whom the defense has been claiming covered up Caylee’s allegedly accidental death.
All throughout the trial defense attorneys were hoping to prove that the toddler drowned in the family swimming pool, and that Casey’s father convinced his daughter not to say anything to anyone. He purportedly then took his granddaughter’s lifeless body and dumped her in the nearby woods.
The defense further tried to show that Cindy Anthony, Casey’s mother, forgot to leave the ladder down to the above-ground backyard swimming pool, causing the 2-year-old to climb the ladder and subsequently drown.
But Casey Anthony seemed to deny her mother’s responsibility as well.
When Burdick said to the court on Monday, “Casey Anthony would have you believe this is all her mother’s fault anyway for leaving the ladder down, let’s twist the knife in my mom a little bit more,” Ruane believed Anthony mouthed, “I never said anything like that, it wouldn’t have been my mom,” according to ABC.
Seemingly taking away the burden on both of her parents and casting doubt on the defense’s theories, was Anthony then taking full responsibility?
Legal analyst Dan Abrams told ABC that wasn’t necessarily the case. “It seems to me she could be saying, ‘It’s his fault,’” he remarked, contrasting Ruane’s analysis.
Though either claim was unsubstantiated, the importance of Anthony’s words, whatever it may have been, was evident because jurors could have been watching.
“Even if [the jury is] not directly looking at the defendant, they can see the defendant,” he added to ABC. “They can try to look, they can look out of the side of their eyes.”
Jurors deliberated Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning, reaching a verdict earlier today. Casey, 25, was found not guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, and aggravated manslaughter of child.
She was found guilty on four counts of providing false information to law enforcement officers, which the court will sentence Thursday morning.
Amid tears of joy, Casey and her defense team celebrated the victory with many hugs and smiles.