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The Casey Anthony trial gripped national attention in the summer of 2011, as a young Florida mother faced accusations she murdered her daughter so she could party more.Two-year-old Caylee Anthony’s remains were found in 2008 in a wooded area near her grandparents’ house, ABC News reported at the time.
Casey Anthony was charged with first-degree murder in the girl’s death but always maintained her innocence and was acquitted in July 2011.
Now Lifetime is tackling the trial that’s been called the biggest case since O.J. Simpson.
Premiering Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. EST, Prosecuting Casey Anthony will take a look at the case through the prosecutor’s eyes.
The movie is based on prosecutor Jeff Ashton’s book about the case and “reveals Ashton’s inside story of the true crime drama that captivated and then shocked the nation,” according to a press release from A&E Networks.
This isn’t Lifetime’s first stab at reexamining a dramatic crime. The network also chronicled the Drew Peterson case in its movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable.
Peterson was found guilty in September of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio.
To check out the network’s interpretation of the Anthony case, tune in to Lifetime in a few weeks.
The movie details the prosecution of Casey Anthony, who was on trial for the murder of her daughter Caylee. The movie is told from prosecutor Jeff Ashton's point of view.
Actress Virginia Welch plays Casey Anthony, who was acquitted of first-degree murder in June 2011. Anthony was found guilty of four misdemeanour counts of lying to police, however.
After her trial, the real Casey Anthony went into hiding. She's currently being sued by Zenaida Gonzalez, who claims Anthony defamed her when Anthony blamed Caylee's disappearance on a woman with the same name. Anthony is also currently appealing her misdemeanour convictions.
The real-life Jeff Ashton retired from his job as Assistant State Attorney in Florida just days after the trial ended. His book Imperfect Justice: Prosecuting Casey Anthony served as the basis for the movie.
Following the trial, the real-life Baez has kept busy. He wrote a book about the trial and has jumped into the George Zimmerman trial, acting as an attorney for one of the first detectives to interview Zimmerman following the shooting.
Since the movie is based on Ashton's book, much of it will focus on the prosecution's point of view. Here Lowe, as Ashton, walks with actress Elizabeth Mitchell who plays Linda Burdick, lead attorney for the state.
Hopefully the movie will shed some light about what went on with the prosecution behind closed doors.
We all know how the trial ended, an acquittal for Anthony, but hopefully the movie offers some details about what led to the defence team's courtroom celebration.
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