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FILE - In this Monday, March 4, 2013 file photo, Casey Anthony leaves the federal courthouse in Tampa, Fla., after a bankruptcy hearing. The trustee overseeing Casey Anthony's bankruptcy case has filed a motion to sell the rights to her story so she can pay her debts. In a motion filed Friday, March 18, 2013, in federal court in Tampa, Fla., trustee Stephen Meininger asked Judge K. Rodney May for permission to sell the "exclusive worldwide rights" of Anthony's life story. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco, File)

Casey Anthony's trial judge said she probably killed her daughter, but did so by accident


Casey Anthony, the Florida woman accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee in a trial that drew national attention, probably killed her daughter but did so unintentionally, former trial judge Belvin Perry said Wednesday.

Perry, who oversaw the court during Anthony's murder trial, said Anthony was trying to "knock out" Caylee and gave her "too much chloroform" by mistake, he told WFTV in an interview.

That's just a theory. The only person that actually knows what happened is Casey Anthony.
Belvin Perry

Perry did not see a problem with murder charges being filed, saying there was enough evidence to merit charges. However, he saw no evidence that Caylee had been abused, which gave weight to his theory that Anthony unintentionally killed her.

Anthony was found not guilty of murder. She was convicted of lying to law enforcement. 

Perry said the most overlooked evidence in the case was internet searches for "chloroform" and expert testimony that chloroform was found in Anthony's car's trunk. 

"Considering the high levels of chloroform that was found in the trunk of the car, that was my logical deduction for what happened," Perry said.

Critics of Anthony were disgusted by the news.

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