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NOTE:  This post was originally published here at The Radio Patriot on May 14th.  It’s been bumped to the top as today’s opening statements and trial begins.

CASEY ANTHONY -- Accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in 2008. Did not report her missing until a month later. Born March 19, 1986, in Warren, Ohio. Raised in Orange County. Casey Anthony arrives in the courtroom at the Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center, Saturday morning, May 14, 2011, on the sixth day of jury selection in her trial, in Clearwater, Fla. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel) Newsgate ID: B581272049Z.1

We haven’t had a juicy trial like this since OJ struggled with the shrunken gloves and made Greta Van Susteren a household name. (Who ever heard of her before her daily trial commentary with Roger Cossack?) Even Anna Nicole Smith didn’t attract this much attention.

Caylee Anthony, whose body was found in a wooded area. A Gatorade bottle containing chloroform and a syringe were found nearby.

If you’ve been watching the news, even if with just one eye open, you know about Casey Anthony, the Orlando mother accused of murdering her two-year-old child Caylee Anthony nearly three years ago.  The murder occurred sometime in June 2008, and the little girl’s body was not found until several months later in a wooded area not far from her grandparents’ home. The last time she was seen alive: on Father’s Day, June 15, 2008. Casey did not report her daughter missing for weeks, and it was only after the grandmother (Cindy Anthony) noticed a foul odor emanating from the trunk of her car a month later in July that she placed a call to police.

Jury selection is underway in a courtroom on the west coast of Florida, far removed from Orlando’s Orange County Courthouse.  Intense media coverage of the crime has tainted any possible jury selection in O-town.

Once the jury is seated, the carnival comes back to Orlando where this trial promises to be a whopper.  It has already attracted national media attention on network and cable channels, and that’s expected to grow, given the media and public’s penchant for a good “whodunit”.  Trust me, this one is loaded with all kinds of twists and turns. Sherlock Holmes or Perry Mason would be chomping at the bit to solve this mystery. If I’m on the jury? I’d be writing a book and holding out for the highest bidder for the movie rights.

Local 24-hour news channel Central Florida News 13 (available only on Bright House Cable) has assigned a full time reporter to cover the trial.  He’s posting blow by blows on Twitter and Facebook, and filing more in-depth reports on CFN 13’s website and 24-hour TV news channel. TruTV is running it, as is CNN.com/live.

The courtroom layout includes plenty of reserved seats for Florida TV, radio and print, as well as national media, including ABC, FOX, Headline News, MSNBC, People Magazine, Discovery, Newsweek, NBC, CBS, AP, Telemundo, and Univision.

The public will be allowed to fill the remaining 48 seats on a first come basis. Doors open at 5: 30 a.m.


Meet the Anthony family (roll cursor over photo bottom to pause):

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Because I suspect your interest in the Casey Anthony trial will grow over time, bookmark this link — it’s where you’ll find the crime timeline, the people involved, FAQ, documents and story archives, and of course, the latest trial news. Grab the popcorn, it’s going to be a circus.

The Casey Anthony Murder Trial Link

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