The retired judge who presided over Casey Anthony’s murder trial said the Florida mom probably killed her daughter by accident with chloroform — but he has no beef with the jury’s “not guilty” verdict.
A jury, serving before former Circuit Judge Belvin Perry Jr. in 2011, found Anthony guilty of giving false information to cops, while acquitting her of murder charges, stemming from the death of 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony.
The tot vanished in 2008 just months before what would have been her third birthday.
“The most logical thing that occurred, in my eyesight, based on everything I know about the case was that (Anthony) did not intentionally kill her daughter,” Perry told WFTV in an interview aired Tuesday.
“I think upon the evidence, the most logical thing that happened was that she tried to knock her daughter out by use of chloroform (leading to an accidental death).”
If jurors had reached the same conclusion as Perry, who retired from the bench in 2014, they could have found her guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter.
Evidence at trial showed that Anthony, who is now 30, searched online how to use chloroform as a sedative. Traces of chloroform were found in the truck of Anthony’s car, according to testimony.
“There was a possibility that she may have utilized that to keep the baby quiet … and just used too much of it, and the baby died,” Perry told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday.
Perry said he had no complaints with the jury that found Anthony not guilty of first-degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.
“As I’ve expressed, the only person that really knows what happened was Casey,” Perry said. source