Casey Anthony, the Florida mother who was acquitted in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, addressed the murder charges Tuesday for the first time since her trial last summer.
In a phone interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan, Anthony, 26, reportedly said, “There’s obviously several misconceptions. Obviously, I didn’t kill my daughter.”
Morgan said Anthony “said that very firmly.”
The former mother told [Piers] Morgan repeatedly that she did not kill her toddler, Caylee, but expressed regrets about how she handled the investigation, including the 31 days of lying to police about her daughter’s whereabouts.
When asked about her biggest regret, Anthony responded, “Not being honest. I didn’t trust law enforcement because of my relationship with my father, who is ex-law enforcement, and so they didn’t trust me.”
“I was 22. I was scared and confused with life in general, not having a direction,” she said.
J. Cheney Mason, Anthony’s attorney, told Morgan that his client didn’t trust anyone when he met her. While he admitted the possibility she may be lying about her involvement in her child’s death, he said, after over 300 jury trials and decades of life experience, “Anything is possible, but if she is [lying], she’s probably the best, because I don’t think for a minute she’s ever tried to pull the wool over my eyes or anybody’s eyes.”
Anthony also responded to media and public misconceptions about her following the intense scrutiny of the investigation and trial. “It’s horrible. It looks absolutely horrible, and I’m ashamed in many ways of the person that I was,” she told Morgan by phone. “Even then, that wasn’t who I am.”
Morgan said Anthony was now very cynical about her portrayal in the media, which she characterized as “running with rumors that were just not true.”
“I’ve never been a ‘party girl’ or much of a drinker and have probably only had a handful of beers since my probation,” she told him. She also said she had never done drugs “except for a little bit of marijuana in my early 20s.”
Mason said that his client is neither marketing nor selling anything, though he did leave the door open on the possibility of a future book. “Right now, we’re sitting back watching,” he said. “When the time comes, she will have her story.”
“I don’t give a **** about money,” she reportedly told Morgan. “I may have in the past, but I was a stupid kid. I’m 26 now and I’ve been through hell.”
“My life totally changed a year ago, but I’m dealing with it,” she added.
…WHEN CASEY ANTHONY PLAYS THE VICTIM