"She is guilty … however, had I been in that jury, I probably would've gone the same way they went," said Lauren Reynolds of Sanford, who camped out in front of the courthouse all morning, waiting to hear the verdict or get tickets to the trial for Wednesday.
"You can't just lock someone up for a long time based solely on circumstantial evidence."
Malissa Lundell, 30, also was sympathetic to the plight of the jurors.
"We can all judge and say she [Anthony] did it, but when it comes down to it, she's the only person who knows if she did it," said Lundell, a bartender who was eating lunch downtown.
Outside the Anthony home, several cars cruised slowly, some stopping briefly so the occupants could take pictures.
Ashley Chaney, who flew in from Fort Wayne, Ind., for the trial, was unable to get seats in the courtroom Tuesday, so a visit to Hopespring Drive was the next best thing.
"I wanted to come and see the home to say that I had been here," she said.
Apryl Guzman and her two children drove seven hours straight from Augusta, Ga., arriving at 4 a.m. in Orlando for the verdict. Guzman had harsh words for the jury.
"I truly think this is the dumbest 12 peers that has ever been assembled in a jury case," she said.
Kailey Dickens, who lives down the street, said her nightmare scenario would be if Casey Anthony herself came back there to live.
"It's been a total circus," she said, worrying that it could continue as a result of the verdict.
In Lake County, a group of paralegals left a Eustis bar disappointed after watching the courtroom drama unfold, commenting ruefully that Anthony likely would emerge from the scandal with a book or movie deal.
At the same time, Anthony will have to live with whatever happened, said Margie Walter, 56, a paralegal who watched the verdict announcement.
"She has a life sentence even if the jury didn't impose it," Walter said.
Staff writers Jeannette Rivera-Lyles, Jeff Weiner, Henry Pierson Curtis and Arelis R. Hernández contributed to this report.