Florida Judge Belvin Perry, who presided over Casey Anthony’s murder trial, revealed he was shocked by the jury’s verdict, saying there was “sufficient evidence” to convict the “very manipulative” mother of deceased Caylee.
“There were two sides to Casey Anthony,” Judge Perry told NBC’s “Today Show.” “There was the side that was before the jury, where she portrayed the role of a mother who had lost a child — someone who was wrongfully accused. And then you could notice the change and transformation in her when the jury went out.”
Mr. Perry said he believes the jury let Ms. Anthony free because she was “very manipulative” and had an personable lawyer, Jose Baez.
The judge described his emotions as “surprise,” “shock” and “disbelief” when the jury handed down it’s “not guilty” verdict in July of 2011. He said he had to read the verdict twice in his head to make sure he had read it correctly.
“There was sufficient evidence to sustain a verdict of murder in the first degree in this case,” he said. “But you’ve got to realize this was a circumstantial evidence case,” he added. “All the defense had to do was create that reasonable doubt, and that’s what they did.”
The judge added that justice had been served “in a sense, because a jury has spoken, but justice will finally be served one day by the judge of judges. She is going to have to live with this and deal with this for the rest of her life.”