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Casey Anthony Juror: 'We Are Upset That People Think We're Incompetent'

Palm Harbor resident Dean Eckstadt speaks about his experience as an alternate juror during the Casey Anthony trial.

A Palm Harbor resident who served as an alternate juror in the Casey Anthony trial has spoken out about the case, saying he has given his one interview about the high-profile trial.

, 25, was one of five alternate jurors who witnessed the testimony during the 33-day trial but did not participate in deliberations.

Eckstadt appeared on NBC's Today show on Thursday morning. 

Asked whether he thinks Anthony is innocent, Eckstadt responded, "That's a hard question. She was a liar; she didn't tell the truth most of the time, (but) to actually kill her daughter, I don't think so. I believe that she may have had knowledge of the situation, but to actually kill her child, I don't believe it happened."

As for why Anthony did not report her daughter missing for 31 days, Eckstadt said he thought her home life played a big part in why she did not face the reality of the situation.

Eckstadt also said he does not think his fellow jurors from Pinellas County fear for their safety because of the verdict they reached. 

He says that the jurors he has talked to are worried about something else entirely. "We are upset that people think we're incompetent," he said on the Today show. "We made the decision on the law. You can't have emotion in the situation, and I think that came down to the final decision."

Another Pinellas County juror also spoke with the media. Juror No. 3 is Jennifer Ford, a 32-year-old nursing student at St. Petersburg College.

Ford told ABC News that the prosecution's case had too many holes for the jury to convict Anthony of first-degree murder.

Juror No. 2 spoke to the St. Petersburg Times anonymously saying he wanted to keep his family safe from any possible scrutiny. The juror is a 46 year-old married father of two and is one of two blacks on the jury.

He said the verdict was not an easy decision to make and he wished the jury had more evidence to put Casey Anthony away, but the evidence wasn't there. 

Alternate juror Russell Huekler of St. Petersburg was the first to speak. He told ABC News that he thought a horrific accident happened to Caylee Anthony and her "dysfunctional" family covered it up. 

Orange County Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. has refused to release the names of the Pinellas County jurors, which are usually public record. Media outlets are contesting the move.

On Thursday morning, Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail and a fine of $4,000. On Tuesday, the jury convicted her of four counts of lying to law enforcement.

Anthony's attorney has told ABC News that she will be released from jail next week. She has already served almost three years in jail and will be given credit for that time served.

Lisa July 18, 2011 at 11:54 AM
John Boy, Lisa "perfect storm" here. I responded to your July 11th post to me. You will need to scroll way back. I would love to converse with you personally.
Teriann Davis July 19, 2011 at 02:06 AM
I wonder if they can't do that because the defense put it out there that it was a "horrible accident" What I've wondered is why they haven't brought a charge of improper disposal of a body or something!
Lisa July 19, 2011 at 02:35 AM
Hey John Boy, Where do i begin?..... It is very clear to me that the jury's verdict implies only one thing "INCOMPETENCE"! However, I do believe that they took their responsibility seriously but got caught up in the Laws and Directives from JP, as well as the all the Smoke & Mirrors strategically put out by Bozo N Bumbles & Co. Who by the way, know full well that Casey and Casey ALONE killed her child. Now, wether they think it was intentional or accidental is another matter. They'll never tell. There was and never will be any evidence to support GA having anything to do with Sweet Caylee's death so the prosecutors have nothing to go on there. JA and LDB know that GA is guilty of nothing more than being FED UP, Hopeless, Manipulated, and controlled by Cindy and Casey. Not to mention the fact that he was desperate for some TLC and unfortunately succumbed to CH aka RC who in the end exploited the Poor Bastard for her own gain because in her twisted (mental health challenged) mind she came to believe that he was trying to use her as a pawn because she looked like ZF-G per Casey's description. This whole trial from beginning to end was a complete and total Cluster F%#$ !!!!! JP may have handled the proceedings well, but let Waaaaay Toooo Much BS envelope the True Core of the trial. Beginning with all of Bozo's unethical and Illegal antics prior to and during the trial. He should have been disbarred long ago and that is a Travesty in and of itself!
Lisa July 19, 2011 at 03:17 AM
John Boy, this is continuance from previous reply @10:35pm. Then came the unorthodox jury selection process whereby JP had to "persuade" many of the selected jurors to "consider" the death penalty. And the woman who flat out said she "did not want to judge" "only God can judge" . She should never have been put through by JP as that was exactly what she was being asked and expected to do. Despite the prosecutions multiple objections JP went against all respectable reason and cleared her. Mind Numbing!!!!! Hey, i don't mean to imply that this was all JP's doing but, I'm sure he now has MANY REGRETS about some of his decisions. I'd give anything to discuss the whole "Shit Storm" with him. That would be "PRICELESS". As far as the jury goes..... they went in BLIND and came out BAMBOOZLED! Sadly, I truly believe that they are now realizing the magnitude and the seriousness of their Mistake as they have surely by now discovered for themselves the REALITIES of the whole Damn Mess. Can't wait to read JA's book. That should be full of revealing Nuggets! Hey have you been following Valhall on her "Hinky Meter" website. I have found it to be the most comprehensive by far. Much of her commentary provided Comedy Relief as well. She is one Smart, Savvy, and Witty Lady. I'm sure you would agree. I'm in Wa. state. how about you? Oh, did i answer your questions? I hope so. If not ASK ME AGAIN :)
Sue Zainelli July 19, 2011 at 04:58 AM
http://www.wftv.com/video/28498264/index.html
Lisa July 19, 2011 at 12:36 PM
John Boy, You are too cute. I realize I got a little "colorful" with my last post but, the whole sordid mess frustrates me to no end. No I am not in the Legal Field but, this unbelievable outcome makes me wish I had become an Attorney instead of a Registered Nurse. During nursing school I thoroughly enjoyed my Psyche rotation and decided that if I couldn't become a Labor & Delivery Nurse that I would love to work in a Psyche Ward. The Brain and Psychology are intrigueing. Fortunately, I was able to attain a position in L&D right out of Nursing School. What is your line of work? Are you a Brain Surgeon or a Rocket Scientist? You seem highly intelligent to me. And, you clearly know a Sociopath when you see one. Can't for the life of me figure out why the jury didn't get that. Guess they were too busy spinning their pens, putting up there feet, resting their eyes and brains, etc. etc. At least according to reports by many of the reporters in the courtroom. Well John Boy, "It Is What It Is" and like JA said in his "Post Apocalyptic" interviews, the best justice that the country can serve on Casey and Crew is not to perpetuate her Sociopathic Lies and to boycott any attempts to profit by any of them. For me that includes Bozo N Bumbles and the whole Scheme Team and more importantly, Cindy! BTW, I find it very telling that "Lightning Struck" the tree where Caylee's remains were dumped about an hour after the NOT GUILTY verdicts were read in court. "Let Go and Let God". WOW
Sue Zainelli July 19, 2011 at 01:56 PM
In case some of you missed the press conference held by the State of Florida Sheriff,etc. Please click this link: This is part 1. hhttp://www.wftv.com/video/28524185/index.htm. GEORGE ANTHONY WAS NEVER A SUSPECT!!!!!!!
Michele July 19, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Sue, thanks for posting that. I have to tell you that I never, ever thought George, or anyone other than Casey Anthony, was the guilty party.
Sunde Farquhar July 20, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you all know that I have never seen so many comments on one single story on Palm Harbor Patch. I can really tell that people are truly passionate about this topic!
Lynda McLean Simmons July 22, 2011 at 03:19 PM
agree wade. even if the jury used their common sense she would have been found guilty. many of us come from a crazy family but we don't kill. that's no excuse to find her innocent. i think she was jealous of attention parents gave child she wanted to party have independence had fight with mom took away from mom from mom loved caylee, she could party on i don't understand jury deliberating so quickly on such a case having so many links to the crime. i just don't get it jury.
frank schulte July 29, 2011 at 12:06 PM
CIRCUMSTANTIAL evidence is as compelling as fact and is allowed in trial and you can convict on it. That's why you heard it. It wasn't for entertainment. If you have no common sence then you should never have served on the jury. Life is not just about book learning... life is about THINKING. Yes you were expected to put the dots together. We can't change anything but as you look back and think about it. Have you ever put a puzzle together and find several pieces are missing yet you can still know what the picture is? Did you fail to look at the whole puzzle before saying "I can't make out what this is". YOU HELD NO ONE ACCOUNTABLE NOT EVEN THAT CHILD WAS IN MOTHERS CARE. YOU DID NOT HAVE TO KNOW THE CAUSE OF DEATH and THERE WAS ONLY ONE CHARGE THAT CARRIED THE DEATH PENALTY. WAS THE MOTHER NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THAT CHILD IN ANY WAY. FORGET THE DEATH, THE LIES, FAMILY LIFE. RESPONSIBLITY. I WOULD NEVER WANT ANY OF YOU TO BABYSIT FOR ME. That is why CIRCUMSTANTIAL evidence is allowed in a trial. I wish no harm to you other than for every day you wake, someone stops you and ask "WHY?". WHY?
frank schulte July 29, 2011 at 12:07 PM
DEAR JURORS: Lets see. A child is left in the care of her MOTHER. Child dies. MOTHER fails to report child missing MUCH LESS THE DEATH OF THE CHILD. MOTHER lies to everyone to mislead everyone into thinking child is ok. Grandparents find car that was last seen driven by the MOTHER. It stank like death confirmed by grandparents and others. Grandparents report child missing 31 days after last seeing child WITH MOTHER. MOTHER of child still lies as to whereabouts even claiming to have talked to her that day. MOTHER STILL REFUSES TO REPORT CHILD MISSING. MOTHER NEVER DID EVEN TO THIS DAY. Child is found dead and yet MOTHER will not tell anyone as to why or how child died or even WHY SHE NO LONGER HAD CHILD IN HER CARE. IN NO WAY DID YOU HOLD THE MOTHER ACCOUNTABLE. You made the satement that all was "speculation". It's called CIRCUMSTANTIAL. Are you so naive and lack worldly experance that you can not see. There is no man more blind than one who WILL not see. A cause of death was NEVER needed as the COURT WOULD NEVER ALLOWED THE CASE TO GO TO TRIAL.
Renee August 09, 2011 at 05:55 PM
Hey Jurors, STOP trying to explain yourselves. THERE IS NO EXPLANATION!!!!!! Try explaining Casey's reasoning for all the lies and you'll come up with if she tells the truth she'll have to admit that she committed murder. OH, now she can't do that, Can she? What happened was-------- A batch of idiots were chosen for this jury---all 12 of you. At least one person should have had enough sense to render a GUILTY verdict on circumstatial evidence. Now live with the fact that you let a murderer go free and I am betting that by now you all see that you made a mistake but you don't have the guts to say it. By the way, the fact that you have no guts is no surprise and that is exactly why Casey Anthony is walking free and no justice was done for little Caylee. Thanks Idiots---I mean jurors.
frank schulte August 09, 2011 at 07:30 PM
If I were to babysit for you while you were on vacation for a month. You get back I do not have your child. I was telling everyone that your child was at the beach with friends. I tell you that I just spoke with your child that day and everything is ok. You the cops and they find I have been lieing to everyone about your child. I wont tell you where your child is nor will I tell you why I do not have your child. SHOULD THE LAW IGNOR THAT I WAS THE LAST SEEN WITH YOUR CHILD. Later on they find you kid dead dumped in a swamp in garbage bags and duct tape over your childs mouth. They try to get me to explain why the child was dead and/or why the child was not still in my care. I wont tell. SHOULD I BE HELD RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY OR SHOULD I BE ALLOWED TO GO ABOUT MY BUSINESS NEVER TELLING ANYONE WHY YOUR CHILD DIED WHILE YOUR CHILD SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN MY CARE? You do not want to say that I killed your kid because you don't know. Right? I was the only person known to have your child and I told all those lies about your kid. LET'S SAY I DID NOT KILL YOUR CHILD. COULD I BE CHARGED WITH CHILD NEGLECT SINCE YOUR CHILD WAS IN MY CARE? COULD I BE CHARGED WITH CHILD ENDANGERMENT FOR LETTING YOUR CHILD WALK AROUND IN THAT SWAMP WITH DUCK TAPE OVER HER MOUTH AND GARBAGE BAGS OVER HER HEAD. WHAT THE FXXX. GO AND WE ALL GO HOME. I won't ever tell you what happened to your kid why she was not with me or how she died.SHOULD NO ONE BE RESPONSIBLE? REMEMBER.....it's just your KID.
angela October 25, 2011 at 03:09 PM
I feel nothing for those jurors they took an oath and did the wrong thing, I have served on many trials and she got away with murder lets say the prosecution did not prove their case but for the fact she did'nt report her daughter missing is unbelievable, and if it was an accident why would someone stay in jail for years and not say it was an accident early to get out I dont buy the juries excuse their a bunch of idiots.
angela October 25, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Wow really #1 what mother doesn't report her child missing #2 who stays in jail for years if its an accident as easy as baez said it in court he could of said it from day 1 #3 what was the odor in the car if you think that smell was food your just a dumb as the jury.
angela October 25, 2011 at 03:20 PM
I have seen many americans convicted with less, they were worthless.
angela October 25, 2011 at 03:23 PM
excuse me but not reporting your child missing is child neglect.
angela October 25, 2011 at 03:28 PM
TY well said.
vrozas October 25, 2011 at 03:41 PM
Sad..you deliberate 10 hrs come up with a decision that for all practical purposes set person responsible for the death of her child free and expect KUDOS for your brilliant "lack of deduction" . Not one juror was capable of being assertive and just saying no...in some manner she was responsible, maybe not of murder and the death penalty but of whatever happened to cause the death of the child. Sooo just like OJ's jury NO RESPECT earned PERIOD!! Namaste
Suzanne Spinelli October 25, 2011 at 05:54 PM
agreed. and the jury is viewed as incompetent because, it seems that they didn't understand the idea of 'reasonable' doubt v. 'no' doubt. clearly that horrible woman is guilty, even to ME.
Suzanne Spinelli October 25, 2011 at 05:56 PM
I wish I had seen this article earlier, but maybe they are thought of as incompetent because they ARE! Seriously anyone with half a brain can see the truth in the evidence.
Jake Radissen June 27, 2012 at 07:04 PM
There's another angle to this. Jurors had to be found who had little knowledge of the case. That means magazine and newspaper "virgins." Those who do not read are dull. Dull people are not popular. Jose Baez made a huge effort to be welcoming and friendly to these folks, always smiling, saying hello with an effusive grin each morning. They bonded with him early and gratefully. For all their skill at assembling a practically airtight case with EIGHT pieces of evidence any two of which would have convicted St. Peter, the prosecutors were serious, unsmiling bright people -- the type this kind of juror dislikes and fears. 'Nough said?
Pru June 27, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Baez big book reveal is she's whacked in the head. He has the audacity to criticize Detectives of not realizing on July 16th 2008 tht she was "not playing with a full deck." Well, they had a few hours with her and were tying to fina a 34 month old baby girl, He had more than three years, yet never did he think to go the mental health defense, even although his client could potentially be executed. The same Jose Baez was essentially the one who kept her from talking to the cops and for almost a year he was at least publically still calling this a case of stranger abduction. He obviously knows more than the two shrinks he hired who could not find anything wrong with her and who both claimed she did not fit the profile of someone who had been sexually abused. Baez is a charleton who needs a hook for his book.
John Boy June 27, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Pru, you are absolutely right. Baez knew without a doubt that his client was guilty or at least complicit in some way for Caylee's death. BUT HE DIDN'T CARE! He just wanted to win the case so he could have THE BIG ONE on his resume' (like Johnny Cochran in the OJ case). I've never seen such low-life lawyers in my life as Baez and his fellow hacks. Nor have I ever seen such an incompetent jury. How could they not have at least come back with a verdict of negligent manslaughter or felony child abuse? There was plenty of circumstantial evidence for that. It's beyond comprehension! What helps me to live with things like this is my faith in a higher power, who I believe will eventually see to it that justice prevails for people like little Caylee Anthony. Those who are responsible for evil in this world will ultimately be held accountable and pay the price!! (And that includes crooked lawyers).
Linda Gee September 17, 2012 at 11:26 PM
THEY ARE INCOMPETENT!!!Not even charging her with CHILD NEGLECT! If she was lost, did she expect the 2 year old to be able to find her way home by herself!! I am disgusted with ALL of the jurors. I STILL lose sleep over that verdict!
Linda Gee September 17, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Mark..your an idiot. WHAT ABOUT CHILD NEGLECT!!! NOT GUILTY??? Not reporting her missing for 31 days???? Did she expect a 2 year old to find her way home?
Linda Gee September 17, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Mark Feldman -, who cares what color the U.S. Constitution was written on. Shows us more that you are just a GEEK and have no clue or common sense (just like the jurors). She was GUILTY and the 12 idiots on the jury were stupid! You can add your self to the number to make it 13!!
Rose Fleng September 18, 2012 at 09:16 AM
why did't the dog hit in the woods, where the body was found?
Maggie May 06, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Judge Perry called the Jury IDIOTS TODAY!!!

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