Protestors, news trucks and onlookers waited hours to catch a glimpse of Casey being whisked away from the Orange County Jail at midnight!
Casey Anthony is a free woman. The 25-year-old was released from the Orange County Jail at 12:01 AM on July 17 wearing a pink t-shirt and jeans. She hopped into a tan SUV and her destination is unknown.
At 10 PM a photographer, videographer and a rumored NBC reporter entered the jail to document Casey’s release. Moments after Casey was released, the jail put out a one sentence statement to the press: “Casey Anthony has been released from the Orange County Jail.”
Casey exited the jail with her hair pulled back in a tight bun, with her attorney Jose Baez by her side. Reports on CNN claim her parents were not present when she was released and she’s reportedly “not welcome” back at home.
It’s rumored that the journalist was from NBC and Casey did her highly anticipated sit-down interview before stepping foot out of the jail.
Casey’s legal team and law enforcement are concerned for her safety. Reports claim Casey will alter her appearance with plastic surgery in an attempt to fly under the radar. New reports also claim she may go to Puerto Rico where her attorney has a residence.
Casey is being released exactly three years and one day after being indicted on first-degree murder charges in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
Although Casey was found not guilty, this is not the last of her legal problems. Zenaida Gonzalez, the woman Casey claimed was Caylee’s nanny, is suing Casey for “defamation of character.” Rightfully so, Zenaida feels as though Casey ruined her life.
But the judge ruled on July 15 that Casey does not have to appear back in court to face these charges until Oct. 8.
The recovery group Texas Equusearch is also suing Casey for the amount of time and money spent looking for Caylee in 2008. Now that Casey has admitted she knew Caylee was not alive, the prosecution and other organizations are attempting to get Casey to pay them back.
UPDATE: TMZ reports Casey boarded a private plane after her release and she might be in Columbus, OH.
— Chloe Melas
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