Florida won't prosecute Anthony's mom
Casey Anthony's mother Cindy will not face criminal perjury charges, a spokeswoman for the Florida District Attorney's Office told NBC station WESH on Tuesday.
The word came hours after a Florida sheriff told reporters that perjury charges were possible for Cindy Anthony's testimony during her daughter's murder trial. He also said, however, it was up to the state to decide whether to press charges.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said that Cindy Anthony may have lied on the witness when she was testifying about who searched for chloroform on the family computer. Cindy Anthony initially told police she did not search for chloroform, but at the trial she said she did.
The sheriff also revealed that authorities are investigating a witness tampering allegation. He would not elaborate.
He spoke to reporters during a wide-ranging news conference a week after Casey Anthony was acquitted of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee Anthony.
Police also said Casey Anthony's story that a nanny had taken her missing daughter sent investigators on a wild goose chase that sucked away vital police resources and inhibited the search for the girl's body.
Behind a huge blown-up picture of Caylee Anthony, police investigators said that early in the investigation they stayed focus on the whereabouts of the toddler. They said they followed up on more than 6,000 tips, including reports that the girl had been spotted alive.