TAMPA - Casey Anthony has been called a bad mother and much worse. While she was in court, some criticized the 25-year-old for being void of emotion or even faking it. But this was not the Casey Russ Huekler saw.
"What I learned from them is that Casey was a good mom. She was a very doting mom, very caring. It was hard to believe Casey could have murdered her daughter, with no other signs of prior abuse or mistreating Caylee in any way."
Huekler paid close attention during the more than 30 days of testimony. But, in the end, the high school teacher learned he was an alternate juror. His opinion would not matter in deciding the fate of Casey Anthony.
But he has a strong opinion on the case. "When I first heard the verdict, I thought they got it right."
Huekler tells us there were three key components he was watching for. He explained:
"How did Cayleee die?, What evidence was the prosecution presenting, and the third what was the motive? When they finally got to that answer -- you know she was a party girl, she wanted to go out and party, and that is the reason why she killed Caylee. I did not buy that. She had such a great support system from mom and dad who were willing to take care of Caylee. So those three factors led to why I personally thought she was not guilty."
Huekler won't speak for the other jurors but says the 17 got along very well. The 12 jurors have yet to speak.
However, at least one of them has a financial motive for telling his story.
We obtained a letter written by Rick French, a public relations person, who tells us he was hired by "juror number 6," a married father of two. The letter the juror he represents "... is willing to consider granting one or more media interviews so long as the opportunities are paid.He will not entertain any offers that don't include compensation."
French would not divulge how much his client is asking for, but did say, "We put what this juror asked us to put out there. He did not set a price, no one set a price. Whether he wants to do anything or but is within his right."
Huekler says no amount of money will ever answer the one question they wanted the answer for -- how little Caylee died.
He said at the end of testimony he walked away thinking Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, may have been right after all. "It was a horrific accident. Quite possibly she did drown in a swimming pool. Casey and George and Cindy they all know what happened and they are not sharing that."
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