Casey Anthony, whose 2011 murder trial for the death of his 2-year-old daughter caused a tabloid sensation, gave an interview on camera for the first time since his acquittal.
“Casey Anthony: Where the Truth Lies,” a three-part limited docuseries, will premiere Nov. 29 on Peacock, the streaming service announced Tuesday. Peacock is owned by NBCUniversal, the parent company of NBC News.
Director Alexandra Dean said in a statement that she believes the series “would surprise many and cause American audiences to look at this story in a new light.”
Anthony, now 36, was acquitted in 2011 of murder, manslaughter and child abuse charges following the death of his 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
The upcoming series “will feature Casey’s personal archive, behind-the-scenes footage and defense evidence for a never-before-seen look at both sides of a story that has sparked a media storm,” according to a press release from Peacock.
He will also address “speculation surrounding his actions at the time, his demeanor in the courtroom and his time spent in prison,” according to the press release.
One 38 seconds teasing for the documentary shows Anthony sitting in front of a camera as someone behind the lens asks, “Why talk to me now, when you’re not getting creative control?”
Dean said Anthony had no editorial control over the series, which was filmed across several taped interviews over six months.
“Casey has not seen or given any ratings on the film,” the director said.
Dean added that the series will feature what she called “a startling psychological portrait” of Anthony and “a full account of what she says happened to her daughter weighed against multiple sources of potential evidence.”
Caylee was reportedly last seen on June 16, 2008; she was first reported missing, by Casey Anthony’s mother, on July 15 this year. A day later, Casey Anthony was arrested for child neglect. She told police that Caylee disappeared with a babysitter.
A utility worker who was in a wooded area near Anthony’s home on December 11, 2008 found skeletal remains which were later determined to be those of Caylee. Experts would testify that air samples indicated that decomposing human remains were present in Casey Anthony’s trunk.
On July 5, 2011, after a month-and-a-half trial, the jury took less than 11 hours to find Anthony not guilty of first degree murder, manslaughter and aggravated child abuse.
Ultimately, prosecutors were unable to establish how Caylee died, and they could not find her mother’s DNA on the duct tape they believe was used to suffocate her.
She was, however, convicted of four counts of lying to police – although two counts were later dropped – and served around three years in prison awaiting trial.
And the Florida Department of Children and Families concluded that Anthony was responsible for his daughter’s death because his “actions or inaction…ultimately resulted in or contributed to the child’s death.” .
In a 2017 interview with The Associated Press, marking the first time she’s spoken to the media since her trial, Anthony maintained she doesn’t know what happened at the end of Caylee’s life.
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