Tensions are reaching an all-time high after last week’s shocking not guilty verdict in the Casey Anthony case. Authorities recently reported that a 42-year-old man struck a woman during a fight about the case.
Robert Hakimoglu was purportedly discussing the trial with others at the city pier in Melbourne Beach, Fla., when an argument broke out, according to The Associated Press.
Hakimoglu was one of the very few who agreed with the jury’s decision – not guilty on charges of first-degree murder, manslaughter, and child abuse – and told people that he wanted to maybe have kids with Anthony and that he desired to meet her.
Sergeant Rick Dovale told AP that the man started to physically fight with others when they began to argue with him, eventually leading to Hakimoglu hitting a woman.
When the Melbourne Beach police arrived at the scene, the man jumped into a lagoon in order to escape.
Hakimoglu was eventually found and arrested at his parent’s home and charged on three counts, including resisting arrest and battery.
The public is continuing to react to the verdict, protesting outside the courthouse and trying to seek justice on their own for 2-year-old Caylee Anthony, whose remains were found nearby the Anthony home in December 2008.
Caylee was last seen in June 2008, with her mother Casey. Prosecutors believed that Casey suffocated her daughter with duct tape and chloroform, placed her in the back of her trunk, and dumped her body in the nearby woods in order to escape the restraints of motherhood.
Defense attorneys, however, sought hard to cast different stories accounting for the toddler’s death, including drowning in the family swimming pool. They also shed a suspicious light on Casey’s father, George Anthony.
The defense managed to convince jurors that there was no evidence of murder beyond a reasonable doubt, securing a surprising victory last Tuesday.
Casey, 25, will be released from prison on July 17, 2011, after serving time for four counts of lying to law enforcement. For obvious safety issues, she may be transported to another facility before being released to the public.
She will most likely have to hire a bodyguard while living under the scrutiny of the media and the public after her release.