Clearwater, Fla. – On Tuesday, the second day of jury selection in the Casey Anthony case, an unexpected incident resulted in an entire jury pool being dismissed. One of those being sent home spoke publicly about what occurred behind closed doors.
Casey is charged with the first-degree murder of her toddler daughter, Caylee Anthony, 2, in the summer of 2008. Her remains were found in a wooded area near the Anthony family home in December of that year.
Judge Belvin Perry determined that some jurors in a pool of 50 were talking about the case as they were waiting to be questioned in court. One of the potential jurors was a Texas EquuSearch volunteer whose name was also on the witness list. According to the judge, she began speaking to the jury pool about Casey’s case.
Judge Perry explained to the court that a witness could inadvertently be called as a potential juror because jurors are called based on their driver’s license numbers.
This setback could cause the trial to be delayed by several days, thus the judge said all may have to present in court on Saturday if needed.
One woman who was part of the dismissed jury pool spoke with WFTV on the way out of the courthouse. She noted that she and several others were voicing their opinion about the case and that no one really wanted to be on this particular jury.
“They just said… in their opinion, she [Casey] was already guilty… everyone believes she killed her baby,” the dismissed juror noted.
She added that out of the “tons of us that were in there” about 20 or 30 people had the opinion that Casey killed Caylee. She said only one or two people out of the group had no idea who Casey was.
Those who were familiar with the case, she said, did want to be a part of this jury as they had already made their minds up about her guilt. “She would have never got a fair shot at it,” the woman said of Casey’s chances of an unbiased trial.
She also said that when she first entered the courtroom she was taken aback and angry at seeing Casey in person and thought, “I want to get out of here… everyone believes she killed her kid.”
The dismissed juror also confirmed the judge’s assertion that the woman who began speaking with the jury pool about the case had been part of the search for Caylee in 2008, prior to the girl’s remains being found.
All, or a majority of the conversation, according to the dismissed juror, took place prior to the jury pool being called into the courtroom and being informed about what case they may be called to hear.
“We knew we were going to Courtroom 1, but we had no idea who was in there…” she said.
Jury selection is expected to resume Wednesday, with Judge Perry noting he will bring in a new pool of 50 potential jurors for attorneys to choose from.
To see the entire first day of jury selection in the Casey Anthony case, click here.
To keep up with Casey’s murder trial, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
In addition, links to a multitude of photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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