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[UPDATE] Outburst From Gallery Halts Anthony Murder Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

[UPDATE] 5-20 11:30am

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- An outburst from a member of the
courtroom gallery has interrupted jury selection in the murder
trial of an Orlando woman accused of killing her daughter.

The proceedings went into recess Friday after a woman sitting
the Pinellas County courtroom gallery yelled, "She killed
somebody, anyway" in the direction of defendant Casey Anthony
while Judge Belvin Perry was questioning a prospective juror.

The woman, white and in her 30s, was escorted out of the
courtroom by deputies and Perry sent the potential juror back into
a holding room. Perry held her in contempt of court. The potential
juror was excused.

Perry hopes to seat a jury of at least 12 sometime Friday. Jury
selection is being held outside of Orlando because of intense
pretrial publicity.

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[UPDATE] May 19, 2011 1:43AM

The judge in the Casey Anthony trial abruptly recessed court for the day following a lunch break during the ninth day of jury selection.

Court was about to reconvene just after 1 p.m. Wednesday when Judge Belvin Perry asked a defense attorney, "Have you had a chance to discuss the matter with (defendant Casey Anthony)?"

When attorney Cheney Mason answered yes, Perry dismissed court until Thursday morning.

Lead defense lawyer Jose Baez has been at every Anthony proceeding, but was not at the defense table for the short exchange. No further explanation was offered. Neither side offered a comment.

The judge denied a defense motion objecting to the jury selection process, saying the defense wanted to question the entire pool of more than 200 available juror prospects.

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[UPDATE] May 16, 2011 8:52AM

Jury selection continues for the murder trial of Casey Anthony.

Twelve jurors have been picked from Pinellas County, including four on Saturday.

The case needs 12 jurors and eight alternates to start, but Orange Osceola Chief Judge Belvin Perry says he'll start swearing in jurors when they reach 15.

Court resumes later this morning.

Anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, in 2008. Anthony has pleaded not guilty and says a babysitter kidnapped the toddler.

The trial will be held in Orlando, but jury selection was moved to Clearwater in the hope of seating an unbiased jury.

Jurors will be sequestered during the trial that's expected to last six to eight weeks.

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UPDATE Saturday, May 14 12:45PM

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Eight prospective jurors have been
dismissed from the murder trial of Casey Anthony, who is charged
with killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Eight of the nine jurors questioned Saturday morning were dismissed. Jury selection had been moved out of Orlando in the hope
of seating an unbiased jury. Jurors are being chosen in Pinellas
County on the west coast of Florida and will be sequestered during
the trial.

One potential juror told the court he had watched promos about
the case on television. He also said he had posted jury instructions on his Facebook page.

Another woman said she understood the pain of losing a child,
saying she had a son who died in a car accident.

Casey Anthony has pleaded not guilty and has said her daughter
Caylee was kidnapped.

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -- 5-11

A fourth day of jury selection has started in Pinellas County, Florida in the trial of Anthony, who is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

The judge has already dismissed 50 candidates for the jury. on Wednesday, one man was scolded for directly defying the judge's order not to talk to the media.

Judge Belvin Perry said, "Would you tell the court why it should not hold you in contempt for failing to comply with this court's order and instructions earlier today?"

Jonathan Green replied, "I didn't know it was a crime."

Jonathan Green was fined 450 dollars. More than 60 remaining prospective jurors are being questioned Thursday about pretrial publicity and whether or not they could impose a death sentence if Anthony is convicted. Trial could start Tuesday.
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CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- 5-10

A pivotal fourth day of jury selection has started in the trial of an Orlando woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

More than 60 remaining prospective jurors are being questioned
Thursday at Pinellas County Courthouse about pretrial publicity and
whether or not they could impose a death sentence if there's a
conviction.

Jury selection is being held outside Orlando because of intense
pretrial publicity.

Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death
of daughter Caylee in 2008. The first three days of jury selection
were spent narrowing down a pool of 200 possible jurors. Those who
weren't dismissed because of personal conflicts or hardships have
advanced to this round.

The judge hopes to have a jury in place to begin trial in Orlando on Tuesday.
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UPDATE 5-10-2011

Jury selection is not easy in the Casey Anthony murder trial. Anthony is charged in the death of her daughter Caylee. The third day of selection is underway and Judge Belvin Perry began Wednesday's proceedings in Pinellas County by going over procedure with a new panel of prospective jurors.

Perry dismissed 50 others Tuesday after several admitted discussing the case. One was a woman who volunteered to find Caylee's body. She was called as a juror in the very case she was listed as a defense witness. She contaminated about a dozen fellow jurors by talking to them about the case.

Judge Perry says, "Stranger things have happened and it happened here. The only natural course of action was to eliminate the panel."

Casey Anthony fought back tears as the indictment was read Wednesday morning. She is charged with first-degree murder. She insists a babysitter took the toddler

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UPDATE 5-9-2011

Clearwater, FL (AP) - Jury selection started Monday in the
trial of an Orlando woman charged with killing her 2-year-old
daughter.

Casey Anthony's trial will take place in Orlando, but jurors are
being selected at a courthouse about 100 miles away because of the
intense media coverage. The first panel of potential jurors met
with the judge and attorneys Monday morning in Clearwater.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry hopes to have 20 jurors -- including
eight alternates -- in place by the end of the week so the trial can
begin May 17. Potential jurors will undergo two rounds of
questioning and be asked if they could recommend the death penalty
for Anthony.

She is charged with first-degree murder, and any juror who
couldn't recommend death would be disqualified.

Anthony, 25, has pleaded not guilty to killing her daughter
Caylee and says a baby-sitter kidnapped her. After a massive
search, the girl's body was found seven months after her June 2008
disappearance. It was discovered by a meter reader in some woods
about a quarter of a mile from the home mother and daughter had
shared with Anthony's parents and brother. Detectives said residue
of a heart-shaped sticker was found on duct tape over the mouth of
her skull.

Monday was spent identifying jurors who have personal issues
that would preclude them from serving the six to eight weeks the
trial is expected to last. Those not dismissed for those reasons
must come back later for more questioning.

Defense attorney Jose Baez objected to the first panel of about
100 people in its entirety, saying that it wasn't representative of
Orlando's demographics because it had only two Hispanic and four
African-American jurors.

Perry denied the objection and questioning of the panelists
began.

Of the potential jurors available, 66 were questioned Monday and
43 jurors were dismissed for various hardship reasons.

Among them, one male juror was given a pass after he said he
faced a deployment in the U.S. Coast Guard. Another woman was
dismissed who said she was the sole caretaker for her elderly
father. Some citing financial concerns were dismissed from jury
duty, but Perry asked others to see if employers would compensate
them during the trial. Jurors will only be paid a $30 daily stipend
for their service.

In another instance, a Hispanic man said he'd purchased
non-refundable tickets to Puerto Rico in June to pick up the ashes
of his wife's mother. The judge asked him to see if his airline
would waive a date change fee. And possibly the most candid
admission came from a man who was dismissed after he admitted to
prejudging Anthony guilty on the basis of pretrial publicity.

Perry also issued an order Monday morning denying a defense
request to exclude air tests from carpet sample taken from
Anthony's car. Tests for odors associated with a body's
decomposition were run on the carpet sample and the tests
identified chloroform in the sample.

Chloroform is a chemical associated with decomposition but also
can be used to render a person unconscious.

The tests have never been admitted in a trial in the United
States.

Jury selection will continue Tuesday morning.

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[UPDATE] 5-9 1:23pm - CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) --

Jury selection started on May 9 in the trial of an Orlando woman charged with killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Casey Anthony's trial will take place in Orlando, but jurors are
being selected at a courthouse about 100 miles away because of
intense media coverage. The first panel of potential jurors met
with the judge and attorneys Monday morning in Clearwater.

Chief Judge Belvin Perry hopes to have 20 jurors -- including
eight alternates -- in place by the end of the week so the trial can
begin May 17. Potential jurors will undergo two rounds of
questioning and be asked if they could recommend the death penalty
for Anthony.

She is charged with first-degree murder, and any juror who
couldn't recommend death would be disqualified.

Anthony, 25, has pleaded not guilty to killing her daughter
Caylee and says a baby-sitter kidnapped her. After a massive
search, the girl's body was found seven months after her June 2008
disappearance. It was discovered by a meter reader in some woods
about a quarter of a mile from the home mother and daughter had
shared with Anthony's parents and brother. Detectives said residue
of a heart-shaped sticker was found on duct tape over the mouth of
her skull.

Monday was spent identifying jurors who have personal issues
that would preclude them from serving the six to eight weeks the
trial is expected to last. Those not dismissed for those reasons
must come back later for more questioning.

Defense attorney Jose Baez objected to the first panel of about
100 people in its entirety, saying that it wasn't representative of
Orlando's demographics because it had only two Hispanic and four
African-American jurors.

Perry denied the objection and questioning of the panelists
began.

Perry also issued an order Monday morning denying a defense
request to exclude air tests from carpet sample taken from
Anthony's car. Tests for odors associated with a body's
decomposition were run on the carpet sample and the tests
identified chloroform in the sample.

Chloroform is a chemical associated with decomposition but also
can be used to render a person unconscious.

The tests have never been admitted in a trial in the United
States.

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[UPDATE] 5-9 7:48 AM --

Jury selection for the Casey Anthony trial will take place in Pinellas County.

Court officials in Orlando didn't announce the location of jury selection until early Monday because the trial of intense media interest in the case of the young woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. More than 600 media credentials have been requested for the trial.

At the center of the maelstrom is 25-year-old Anthony, who could face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder. She has pleaded not guilty and says a babysitter kidnapped Caylee.

Jurors selected in the case will have to put their lives on hold for up to two months. They will be transported to Orlando and sequestered in a hotel at an estimated cost of $300,000.

[UPDATE] 5-8 4:30 PM --

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The trial of a young mother accused of
killing her daughter almost three years ago is set to begin this
week in Florida amid high media anticipation.

The murder trial of 25-year-old Casey Anthony is drawing so much
attention that when jury selection begins Monday it will be held
outside of Orlando, site of the actual trial. The judge is keeping
the location secret until jury selection starts.

The court has received about 600 media credentials for the
trial. The judge says that could dwarf the number who covered the
infamous O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Anthony is facing first-degree murder charges for killing
2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She could face the death penalty if
convicted.
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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The judge in the trial of an Orlando woman
accused of killing her daughter has denied a motion made on behalf
of The Associated Press and other several news organizations that
mandates they sign a confidentiality agreement before learning the
location of jury selection.

Circuit Judge Belvin Perry ruled Monday that the court had
"balanced the intent of free speech and a free public." The
attorney representing the groups says she will speak with them
before deciding whether to appeal.

Jury selection is set for May 9 outside Orlando because of the
pre-trial publicity. Those media agencies that sign the agreement
will be given prior notice of location.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder of her toddler,
Caylee. She has pleaded not guilty and says a babysitter kidnapped
Caylee.


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