Casey Anthony acquitted of murdering daughter

ORLANDO, Fla. - A Florida jury yesterday afternoon acquitted Casey Anthony of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

Click 'NEXT' for footage of the verdict being read in the Casey Anthony trial and for reactions to the verdict.

The verdict came down after more than 10 hours of deliberations and six weeks of testimony.

Anthony, who could have faced the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder, was visibly moved when the verdict was read.

The jury also found the 25-year-old woman not guilty of aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter of a child.

Anthony was found guilty of four counts of giving false information to investigators searching for Caylee. Judge Belvin Perry will sentence her Thursday. She could receive up to a year behind bars for each count.

Caylee disappeared in June 2008 and her decomposed body was found in woods near her grandparents' home six months later. A medical examiner was never able to determine how she died.

More than 1,000 miles away from the Florida courtroom, many Long Islanders reacted with shock to Anthony's acquittal on murder charges.

"I think she was obviously involved in some way, and I don't think the verdict showed that," says Fred Sher, of Melville.

Not everyone, however, was surprised with the verdict. Some Long Islanders who have been following the case say they expected her to be acquitted.

"There was nothing really to state that she actually did it," says Mel Schlossberg, Woodbury. "So, you know, O.J. got off, why not her?"

In fact, the not guilty verdict in the 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial was on the minds of many as Anthony's verdict was read.

"I think there is something wrong with our system," says Shelia Levine, of Floral Park.

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