Crime

Casey Anthony Juror: "Sick to Our Stomachs" Over Verdict

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The first juror in the Casey Anthony trial has spoken out, saying she and other jurors were "sick to our stomachs" after deciding that Anthony was not guilty of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee.

"I did not say she was innocent," Jennifer Ford told ABC News in an exclusive interview. "I just said there was not enough evidence. If you cannot prove what the crime was, you cannot determine what the punishment should be."

The jury acquitted Anthony of first-degree murder, convicting her only on four counts of lying to police. The verdict stunned legal experts. Ford said even the jury was stunned, which is why members of the panel refused to speak to the media immediately afterwards.

"Everyone wonders why we didn't speak to the media right away," Ford said. "It was because we were sick to our stomach to get that verdict. We were crying and not just the women. It was emotional and we weren't ready. We wanted to do it with integrity and not contribute to the sensationalism of the trial."

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Ford said lawyers picked the best jury possible.

"They picked a great bunch of people, such high integrity. And there was high morale," she said. "We all joked. We are like a big group of cousins."

The prosecutor said the case ultimately failed because they could not show the jury how Caylee died.

"It all came down to the evidence," Florida state attorney Jeff Ashton said on "The View." "I think ultimately it all came down to the cause of death."

Caylee's body was found six months after she disappeared. By that time she was so badly decomposed that the cause of death could not be determined.