In the high-profile murder trial of young Florida motherCasey Anthony who is charged with killing her 2-year-old daughterCaylee, prosecutors brought inforensics expertsto testify. As Anthony awaits a verdict, we take a look at some of the most infamous murder trials in history.
Lincoln assassination trial
Who was on trial:A vehement critic of the Lincoln administration,John Wilkes Booth, and agroup of co-conspirators.
The verdict: The seven-week trial, by a military tribunal, ended in death sentences forMary Surratt,David Herold,Lewis PowellandGeorge Atzerodt. Samuel Arnold, Samuel Mudd and Michael O'Laughlen were sentenced to life in prison, while Edmund Spangler was imprisoned for six years.
Richard Hauptmann trial
Who was on trial:German ex-convictBruno Richard Hauptmann.
The verdict:Hauptmann was sentenced to death in 1936 for the murder and kidnapping of the son of famous aviatorsCharles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
O.J. Simpson murder trial
Who was on trial:Retired football playerO.J. Simpson.
The verdict:After nine months of what was called "thetrial of the century," Simpson wasacquittedin 1995 on charges that he murdered his ex-wifeNicole Brown Simpsonand her friendRonald Goldman. In a latercivil trial, he was found guilty and ordered to pay the victims' families several million dollars in compensation.
Leopold & Loeb murder trial
Who was on trial:Two wealthyUniversity of Chicagostudents,Nathan Freudenthal Leopold Jr.andRichard Albert Loeb, better known as "Leopold and Loeb".
The verdict:Said to be motivated to commit theperfect crime, the young men murdered 14-year-old Robert "Bobby" Franks. Defense attorneyClarence Darrow'slegal maneuvers spared them the death penalty, and the pair was sentenced to life in prison. Loeb was murdered in prison, and Leopold was released on parole after 33 years.
Lindy Chamberlain murder trial
Who was on trial:New Zealand-born motherAlice Lindy Chamberlain.
The verdict:Chamberlain was convicted of murdering her baby daughter while on a family vacation in Australia and sentenced to life in prison. She spent four years behind bars before police found new evidence that a dingohad probably killed the infant.She was released in 1986.
Ted Bundy murder trial
Who was on trial:Notorious '70s serial killerTed Bundyhad two murder trials: one for the killing of sorority sisters, the second for the murder ofKimberly Leach.
The verdict:Bundy was convicted of kidnapping and murdering numerous women and sentenced to death in 1979. While on death row, headmitted to killing more than 30 womenin several Northwestern states. He was electrocuted in 1989.
Claus von Bülow murder trial
Who was on trial:British socialiteClaus von Bülow.
The verdict:In the '80s, Bülow was convicted of attempting to kill his wife and sentenced to 30 years in prison. He appealed the verdict and won. Bülow now lives inLondon.
Dan White murder trial
Who was on trial:FormerSan FranciscoSupervisorDan White.
The verdict:Using a controversial strategy now known as the "Twinkie defense," White's lawyers got his conviction charge reduced from murder tomanslaughterin the killing ofHarvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California, and San Francisco MayorGeorge Moscone. White committed suicide in 1985 after his release from prison.
Dr. Sam Sheppard murder trial
Who was on trial:Osteopathicdoctor andneurosurgeonDr. Sam Sheppard.
The verdict:Sheppard was convicted in 1954 ofsecond-degree murderand sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his pregnant wife. He was acquitted in a retrialafter serving 10 years in jail. The real killer was never found.
Leonard Peltier murder trial
Who was on trial:Native American activistLeonard Peltier.
The verdict:In 1977 Peltier was sentenced to two life terms in prison for the murder of two FBI agents during a 1975 shootout on South Dakota'sPine Ridge Indian Reservation. He continues to appeal his case. His last parole request, in 2009, was denied.