Alternate Juror Says Casey Anthony Needs Help

In this image made from video, Casey Anthony smiles as she returns to the defense table after being acquitted of murder charges at the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, Fla., Tuesday, July 5, 2011. She had been charged with killing her daughter Caylee. (AP Photo/Pool)
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - An alternate juror in the Casey Anthony murder trial says he feels compassion for the young woman and hopes she will get help.

In an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, Russell Huekler said Anthony can no longer live a life of dishonesty.

Jurors acquitted Anthony on Tuesday of killing her 2-year-old daughter Caylee. The case was heard in Orlando but the jurors were from another county due to publicity surrounding the case.

As an alternate, Huekler wasn't involved in deliberations but spent every day of the trial in court hearing the testimony and evidence. The 12 jurors who rendered the verdict have declined to talk to the media.

Huekler, a 51-year-old high school teacher, says prosecutors didn't establish a motive or prove murder. He says the 12 main jurors followed the judge's instructions and likely felt that "the prosecution didn't meet their burden of proof."