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Friday
Jul012011

Casey Anthony Trial: Did Her Mom Lie about Computer Search for Chloroform?

Red Huber-Pool/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The prosecution in the Casey Anthony murder trial presented evidence that questioned the truthfulness of Cindy Anthony's testimony in her daughter's first degree murder trial.

Earlier in the trial, Cindy Anthony stunned prosecutors when she said she was responsible for searches for chloroform on the family computer in March 2008, months before little Caylee Anthony disappeared.

The prosecution had argued in its opening statement that it was Casey Anthony who had searched for chloroform 84 times as well as "neck breaking" and "household weapons."

The chloroform searches are part of the prosecution's circumstantial case against Casey Anthony who is accused of murdering Caylee and could face the death penalty if convicted. The prosecution argues that Casey Anthony killed her daughter with chloroform and duct tape placed over her nose and mouth.

The computer search allegations are also key to proving premeditation. Casey Anthony cannot be convicted of first degree murder and face the death penalty without proof of premeditation.

In Friday's testimony, computer use records shown to jurors indicated that Cindy Anthony was at work during the time she claimed to have searched for chloroform from home. Computer records revealed that someone using Cindy Anthony's username was logged on to her computer at the hospital where she worked for nearly nine hours on March 17, 2008 and March 21, 2008, the days computer searches for chloroform were done by someone in the Anthony family home.

Cindy Anthony's one time supervisor at the hospital where she worked as a nurse testified that she oversaw Cindy Anthony's time sheets for their accuracy and would never falsify a time sheet and it would be illegal for Cindy Anthony to have falsified them.

Cindy Anthony previously claimed that she'd searched for chloroform because she suspected her smallest dog might be getting poisoned from eating bamboo leaves in the backyard. Her search started with "chlorophyll" and spiraled to "chloroform," she said.

Computer expert Kevin Stenger from the Orange County Sheriff's office testified today that he found no reference to chlorophyll in searches done on the Anthony family's desktop computer in March 2008. The only reference to dogs was a search for fleas, he said. References to bamboo referred to furniture and a tiki bar.

Testimony in the month-long trial ended Friday and Judge Belvin Perry scheduled summations for Sunday. The jury could begin deliberating Casey Anthony's fate as early as Sunday and are expected to work through the Fourth of July.

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Thursday
Jun092011

Casey Anthony Searched 'Chloroform,' 'Neck Breaking,' Prosecution Says

Orange County Government, Florida(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The prosecution in Casey Anthony's first degree murder trial claim that Anthony not only murdered 2-year-old Caylee, but plotted it for months by making numerous Google and Wikipedia searches for things like "chloroform," "neck breaking," "internal bleeding," "head injuries" and "chest trauma."

Revelations about the sinister searches made from the Anthony family's home computers show that someone visited a site on how to make chloroform 84 times.

The testimony about the computer searches was expected to continue Thursday.

On Wednesday, three computer forensic analysts testified that someone in the Anthony family home in March of 2008 made numerous searches for things like "death," "how to make chloroform" and "self defense." That's more than three months before Caylee was reported missing.

The trunk of Casey Anthony's car tested for high levels of chloroform and for human decomposition. Caylee's remains were found in December 2008 wrapped in a Winnie the Pooh blanket. Caylee's disappearance was reported in July of 2008, 31 days after she was last seen alive.

Detective Sandra Osborne from the Orange County Sheriff's Office said that the searches had been deleted by the user, but had not been overwritten so she was able to access them.

A desktop computer, a laptop, two digital cameras, and Casey Anthony's cellphone were also analyzed. There was no Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez found in Casey Anthony's cell phone record, forensic analysts testified. When authorities were first alerted that Caylee was missing on July 15, 2008, Anthony claimed a nanny named Zenaida Fernandez Gonzalez had taken her.

Casey Anthony's defense attorney Jose Baez argued that no one could say with certainty who made those searches. One computer analyst testified that the searches were done under a login called "Casey" and with a password that included part of a boyfriend's name.

If convicted of the most serious charge, Casey Anthony could face the death penalty.

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