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2nd Deliberation Day Starts In Anthony Trial

(CNN) -- Jurors in the Casey Anthony capital murder trial began a second day of deliberations Tuesday to determine if the 25-year-old Orlando woman is guilty of killing her 2-year-old daughter.

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. called jurors into the courtroom briefly Tuesday before sending them out to continue their deliberations about 8:30 a.m.

Deliberations began Monday after prosecutors completed closing arguments in the case and the panel received instructions from Perry. He released the jurors for the day at 6 p.m., some five hours and 50 minutes after they got the case.

Casey Anthony is charged with seven counts, including first-degree murder; aggravated manslaughter of a child; aggravated child abuse; and four counts of providing false information to law enforcement. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could receive the death penalty.

She has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and she denies harming her daughter Caylee.

Prosecutors allege that Anthony used chloroform to render Caylee unconscious before putting duct tape over her nose and mouth to suffocate her. She left Caylee's body in the trunk of her car for a few days before disposing of it, they allege. The little girl's skeletal remains were found in December 2008 near the Anthony home.

Anthony's defense attorneys have alleged that Caylee was not murdered at all, but drowned in the Anthonys' above-ground pool on June 16, 2008, the day she was last seen. Anthony and her father, George, panicked upon finding the body, the defense claims, and covered up the death. George Anthony denied that in testimony.

Caylee was not reported missing until July 15, 2008, when Anthony's mother, Cindy, called police after tracking her daughter down and demanding answers.

During deliberations, Anthony is being held in the courthouse building, according to court spokeswoman Karen Levey.

Prosecutors are close by, and defense attorneys may be in their workroom in the courthouse, she said. Five alternate jurors were taken back to their hotel after being separated from the jury, added Levey.

Perry told the seven-woman, five-man jury if they decide Anthony is not guilty of first-degree premeditated murder, they can decide whether to convict her of a less serious charge -- second-degree murder, manslaughter or third-degree felony murder. Similarly, they can convict her of child abuse rather than aggravated child abuse.

Prosecutors have maintained Anthony's motive was that she wanted to be a then-22-year-old unburdened by the responsibilities of motherhood.

"This case is about the clash between that responsibility, and the expectations that go with it, and the life that Casey Anthony wanted to have," prosecutor Jeff Ashton told jurors Sunday.

But the defense in closing arguments pointed to a lack of concrete evidence against Casey Anthony. >>>CLICK HERE TO READ MORE

 

 

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