published Monday, July 4th, 2011

Casey Anthony jury ends first day of talks

Casey Anthony, left, with her attorneys Jose Baez, standing, and Dorothy Clay Sims, waits for the jury to come back for final instructions before beginning deliberations in Anthony's murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla. on Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)
Casey Anthony, left, with her attorneys Jose Baez, standing, and Dorothy Clay Sims, waits for the jury to come back for final instructions before beginning deliberations in Anthony's murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla. on Monday, July 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Joe Burbank, Pool)

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jurors did not reach a verdict Monday in the Casey Anthony murder trial after deliberating for almost six hours on the prosecution’s claim that the woman killed her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, because the toddler interrupted her carefree partying.

The jury began considering the case around noon after prosecutors gave a rebuttal closing argument and said the defense’s assertion that Caylee’s death was an accident made no sense.

Anthony is charged with first-degree murder and six other charges. If convicted of first-degree murder, she could be sentenced to death or life in prison. The sequestered jury of seven women and five men was scheduled to resume deliberating today at 8:30 a.m.

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