Casey Anthony Found Guilty on Some Charges

July 5, 2011 by  
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The jury in the first-degree murder trial of Casey Anthony resumed deliberations on Tuesday morning.

Jurors spent nearly six hours considering the case on Monday, getting no break for the Independence Day holiday.

They received the case just after noon and deliberated until Judge Belvin Perry recessed court at 6 p.m. Jurors were then sent back to their Orlando hotel rooms, where they have been sequestered since the closely watched trial began six weeks ago.

Not Guilty on murder charge, but guilty on smaller charges.

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Dalia Dippolito Found Guilty in Florida Case

May 13, 2011 by  
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West Palm Beach Florida

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The jury of six took barely three hours to come back with a guilty verdict on the one count of solicitation to commit first-degree murder.

The 29-year-old Dippolito barely showed any emotion as the verdict was read. Dippolito, who now faces up to 30 years in prison, was led quietly out of the packed courtroom in handcuffs by sheriff’s deputies.

Earlier, the alternate two jurors who sat through today’s closing arguments, said after they would have voted the Boynton Beach woman guilty. The two, who were dismissed this afternoon, said that they were not swayed by defense attorney Michael Salnick’s arguments.

“He can take a steel girder and bend it into a pretzel,” Sandra Clutter said she would think while hearing Salnick speak during the high-profile trial. “Dalia is certainly getting her money’s worth.”

Clutter said she observed Dippolito’s demeanor and noticed her giggling on Thursday. But today the reality set in, and she observed her crying.

The remaining jurors had asked to see two videos as they began deliberations.

Both the defense and prosecution had two hours to sum up their cases for jurors this morning.

Chief Assistant State Attorney Elizabeth Parker: “The evidence is overwhelming… they can’t say she didn’t do it.”

She likened Dippolito to poison candy: attractive outside, deadly inside.

Salnick, the defense attorney, said there are many unresolved questions. “Dalia Dippolito is asking you to let her wake up from this nightmare,” Salnick said, asking jurors to find her not guilty.

The defense case, predicted earlier in the trial to last two days, was over in less than two hours Thursday.

Source: Pbpost.com

7 people plead not guilty in Fla. couple slaying

August 13, 2009 by  
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PENSACOLA, Fla. — Six men and a 16-year-old boy pleaded not guilty to two charges each of first degree murder in a Pensacola court.

The men could face the death penalty and the boy life in prison in the home-invasion murder and robbery of a a wealthy Panhandle couple known for adopting 13 children with autism, Down Syndrome and other special needs.

A judge on Thursday set a Nov. 9 trial for the men and an Oct. 21 trial for the teenager, but State Attorney Bill Eddins says the complex trial likely won’t start for as long as a year.

Byrd and Melanie Billings were shot to death in their sprawling west Escambia County home on July 9. Nine of the couples’ children were home when the couple were killed.