By Adam S. Levy – Radar Staff Writer
Jennifer Ford, juror number 3 from Casey Anthony’s controversial trial, told Good Morning America Thursday that while she understands people’s frustrations with the not guilty verdicts the jury handed down in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, she “cant find her guilty of a crime if [she’s] not sure that a crime was committed.”
Ford, a 32-year-old nurse in-training at St. Petersburg College, said she, too, was conflicted by the verdict.
“I think it was more just not knowing whether you’re setting someone free that murdered their child,” Ford told GMA host George Stephanopoulos. “I’m not convinced that she didn’t … of course we don’t want to set someone free if they killed their beautiful daughter.”
Ford said prosecutors presented “strong circumstantial evidence,” but lacked “something solid” to “tie it all together.”
Ford said that as a jury member, she did not draw any conclusions from speculations, accusations, guessing — just as she and the other jurors were instructed not to.
So what does she personally think happened?
“I don’t believe one way or another,” she said.
While Ford stayed calm and cool despite rampant criticism of the jury and the decision they made, she broke her cool for a moment when asked about TV legal pundit Nancy Grace.
“I have no comment on Nancy Grace … it’s not fit for television,” she said, adding she’s “against making decisions based on speculation or opinion.”
She was, however, found guilty of four counts of providing false information to authorities.
For lying to the officers, Anthony on Thursday was sentenced to the maximum four years and $4,000 in fines, although she could be out by the end of July or early August with credit for time served and good behavior.