After a Florida jury found Casey Anthony not guilty of murder in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, scores of people angry with the verdict turned to one person: Dexter Morgan, which made his name a trending topic on Twitter.
The character is a serial killer on Showtime's Emmy-winning show "Dexter." Morgan, played by Michael C. Hall, has a "code" of only targeting murderers. The series returns for a sixth season later this year.
Soon after the jury's verdict regarding Anthony's case was read live on national television, the social media pages for the Showtime series were bombarded with messages and Tweets from people seemingly out for her blood, including Facebook user Cassie Elaina Kutev, who wrote: "Dexter, my dear will you please show Casey Anthony what the code is all about? ^hugs^".
The slew of messages referencing Morgan, Anthony and her trial spurred the topics to become Twitter trends. Showtime representatives had no immediate comment on the matter.
"Tick. Tick. Tick. That's the sound of Casey Anthony's life running out," Ramses Ramirez wrote on the Facebook page for "Dexter," paraphrasing a quote by series villain Jordan Chase, an evil sociopath that Jonny Lee Miller had played on the show's previous fifth season.
Some people did not find the Morgan-Anthony connection amusing.
"People disgust me," Twitter user Chris Cottingham said. "Dexter Morgan trending because of casey anthony. Grow up and get off your computers. She's #notguilty , get over it."
In addition to the messages, a doctored photo of Morgan reading a Miami newspaper alongside the words "Casey Anthony not guilty?!?! We'll see about that ..." began circulating online following the verdict.