Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Casey Anthony Indicted on Murder Charge in Case of Missing Caylee

Casey Anthony, the mother of missing 3-year-old Caylee, was arrested Tuesday and charged in an indictment with killing her daughter. She was taken into custody in Orlando after apparently trying to elude officers in a car switch under a highway overpass.

A grand jury indicted Casey Anthony on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated child abuse, aggravated manslaughter and four counts of lying to investigators about the disappearance of Caylee, state attorney Lawson Lamar said. The mother is being held without bond. The indictment can be seen here.

If convicted of first-degree murder she could face the death penalty or life in prison, but prosecutors said no decision has been made on whether the death penalty will be sought.

Here is video of Caylee's grandfather outside of the courthouse, where he appeared before the grand jury.

After the indictment, undercover officers followed Casey Anthony as she traveled in her mother’s SUV. The officers saw the SUV stop under a highway overpass, at which point Anthony got into another vehicle and drove off. Officers made the traffic stop after she entered the second vehicle, the spokesman said. She was then arrested and escorted to jail.

There is a preliminary hearing scheduled Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern.

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