The Casey Anthony trial

July 5, 2011 1:29:03 PM PDT
It's fascinating how closely so many people watched the Casey Anthony murder trial.

I was surprised when people would talk about the case and seem to know so much about it. I knew only the headlines and listened only casually to the talking heads and bloviators on cable who seemed to suggest Ms. Anthony would be convicted of murdering her 2 year old daughter.

Her body was found duct taped in a bag six months after she disappeared - but it was so badly decomposed that the medical examiner couldn't determine the cause of death. And there was no direct evidence against the mom; although there certainly were questions about Anthony's behavior, not the least of which was why in the world didn't a mother report her daughter missing for more than a month?

Today, Anthony was acquitted on all the serious charges against her. She was found guilty of lying to authorities - misdemeanors, and she's likely on Thursday to get out of the jail cell she's been in for the past 3 years.

Who killed the girl is still the big question. But tonight at 11, we look at the Anthony verdict, and reaction.

Also at 11, we're in Paterson, New Jersey, where a folks who use a popular park are tonight worried after an attempted rape last night. A man dragged a woman into the park, stuffed a rag in her mouth and tried to take off her clothes. The woman was screaming, and that brought park visitors to her rescue. The guy got away - now police are looking for him, and residents are nervous.

And an interesting story in the West Village of Manhattan, where a pet store - located near bars - has banned intoxicated people from walking in and buying puppies. You can imagine the scene - down a few brewskies and go buy an adorable puppy. But no more. And speaking of dogs - and cats - caring for a pet is a hugely expensive venture. Some estimates pin the total cost at about $14,000 of the course of a pet's 15-year life span. Consumer Reports tonight shows us some ways to save hundreds of dollars, without skimping on quality for your pooch or pussycat.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Jeff Smith (in for Lee Goldberg) with his AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11.


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