Almost a decade after the death of her two-year-old daughter Caylee, Casey Anthony is speaking out about her murder trial and acquittal, which shocked the nation in 2011.
“Caylee would be 12 right now. And would be a total badass,” the 30-year-old told the Associated Press. “I’d like to think she’d be listening to classic rock, playing sports.”
Caylee in an undated photo. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Casey was found not guilty on counts of first-degree murder, aggravated manslaughter, and aggravated child abuse — and the Florida native maintains that she doesn’t know what happened to the toddler. “I understand the reasons people feel about me. I understand why people have the opinions that they do,” Casey, who didn’t report Caylee was missing for more than a month, admitted. “I don’t give a s--t about what anyone thinks about me, I never will. I’m okay with myself, I sleep pretty good at night.”
The country was particularly horrified by Casey’s not guilty verdict given the gruesome nature of the crime. Her daughter’s remains were found five months after her disappearance in a wooded area near the family’s home, and duct tape was stuck to the front of her skull. The young mom did end up serving time in prison on four counts of providing false information to police.
Due to the public’s fascination with her trial, Casey said she feels a kinship to another famous defendant, O.J. Simpson, who was shockingly acquitted of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman in 1995.
Casey and O.J. at their respective trials. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“I can empathize with his situation,” she confessed, adding that she sees “a lot of parallels” in their situations.
As Life & Style previously reported, Casey currently lives at the home of Patrick McKenna, the lead investigator in her defense, and has launched her own photography business. She allegedly receives financial support from multiple members of her legal team.
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