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July 12th, 2011
07:29 PM ET

Anthony cops defend case to reporters

Orlando (CNN) - The detectives who built the murder case against Casey Anthony said Tuesday they stand behind their evidence but urge the public to respect the jury's acquittal of her.

"In any case - especially a case with this many witnesses and this much evidence - you can always look back and improve on what you have done," Orange County Sheriff's Office Sgt. John Allen told reporters. "I don't know if anybody up here can think of anything we could have done differently that would change the outcome."

Anthony was found not guilty last week on felony charges, including capital murder, in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. She was convicted of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators. In a related issue, prosecutors announced Tuesday that Anthony's mother, Cindy Anthony, won't face perjury charges stemming from her testimony in the trial.

The verdict followed three years of intense publicity surrounding Caylee's death and provoked outrage among many who watched the case closely.

"I wish there was something I could say that would bring closure to everyone, but there isn't," another of the investigators, Cpl. Yuri Melich, said Tuesday. "I just know that, unfortunately, people are going to have to come to their own sense of closure within themselves and understand that as far as this case is concerned, as far as the judicial system is concerned, there's nothing else we can do."

Anthony, 25, was given the maximum sentence on each of the misdemeanor counts - a total of four years. But with credit for the time she has spent jailed since her 2008 arrest, she is slated to be released Sunday.

"I think all of us respect the jury system, and we respect the jury's verdict," Allen said. "I would hope that people who followed us, people in the community, would also respect the jury's verdict and our process.

"But for us, I certainly don't have any doubt after working on this," he said. "I felt our case was solid."

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  1. Raven

    I saw the interview with juror #3 tonight and I have to say to all those that criticize the jurors, until you have sat on one (I have sat on 3) you have NO IDEA what you are talking about. Jurors are given precise instructions and it is taken very seriously by each person there. It's not easy and their verdicts should not be questioned. No I am not happy that she is walking away but the jury did their job and that should be the end of it.

    July 13, 2011 at 1:32 am |
  2. Mary-Ann - Canada

    She did it. if it was an accidental drowning, why didn't she tell the police this, instead of spending almost 3 years in jail and being tried on a capital offence. It doesn't make sense. she didn't know she would get off. or for that matter -would her father risk that?

    July 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm |
  3. Karen

    Casey needs to reminder "What goes around comes around" ask OJ
    The world needs NOT to aid her in any way (books, interviews, movies etc.
    Let her rot like she left Caylee! She'll do her self in, in time.
    Pray for her family!

    July 12, 2011 at 8:56 pm |