Anthony Trial Begins

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 - 8:35am

Curious followers and throngs of media descend on Florida courtroom.

After three years of investigation and case preparation, one of Central Florida's most notorious murder cases will come before a jury at the Orange County courthouse on Tuesday.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys began their opening statements in the case against Casey Anthony at 9 a.m.

Anthony is accused of killing her daughter, 2-year-old Caylee Marie Anthony, in 2008.

Anthony has been jailed in Orange County and is charged with first-degree murder.

Lead defense attorney Jose Baez has said that some who have watched the case may be surprised by his team's opening argument.

Fifty courtroom seats will be available to spectators each day of the trial, which is expected to last up to eight weeks.

A line of people waiting for the proceedings stretched around the courthouse by 5 a.m.

Some said they have been following the case and want to see Anthony in person. Others said they wanted to hear the full story as it is told in court.

A 12-person jury was seated on Friday after two weeks of jury selection in Pinellas County.

The jury was picked there because the defense argued that Orange County is too saturated in media coverage about the case.

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