The sheriff’s department in Orange County now claims local investigators missed evidence found on the Anthony family computer that may have altered the outcome of the Casey Anthony case. After confiscating the computer, officers found over one dozen unusual search entries found in the history files of Internet Explorer. According to the prosecution, someone in the household conducted web searches for:
- How to make chloroform
- Chest trauma
- Internal bleeding
- Neck breaking
Prosecution Missed Gruesome Firefox Search
Having a lack of DNA evidence, investigators relied on a trail of digital and physical findings for formulating a case against Casey Anthony. Supposed new evidence indicates that someone in the home performed a search using the Firefox browser for “fool proof suffocation.” The search occurred on the last known day of little Caylee’s life. Anthony’s attorney, Jose Baez claims this information is not new. The attorney released a book last summer, describing the trial in detail and acknowledges that defense investigators found the search entries. Baez claims that George Anthony performed the search with suicidal ideations, as the next history entry discovered involved an article referring to poisoning and self-imposed suffocation using a plastic bag.
Local Orange County television news anchor Tony Pipitone read Baez’ book. His curiosity grew as to why this history did not emerge during the trial. Members of the prosecutor’s office claimed they were unaware of the information. Perhaps detectives performed a limited search of the Firefox history and merely missed the entry. The extent of the Firefox history may have appeared too daunting, which led to only searching the Internet Explorer files. Representatives from both the sheriff’s and the prosecutor’s offices believe that local law enforcement learned a valuable lesson in not acquiring assistance from federal investigators.
Defense and Prosecution Continue Verbal Sparring
Baez does not believe that the prosecution lacked knowledge of the information. He continued that any and all possible resources of evidence remained available to both teams. The defense team expected full disclosure of the evidence by the State Attorney’s Office during the trial. The attorney believes the state buried the information because previous witness testimony reportedly established that Casey was not present in the house at the time of the search. The prosecution denies this theory and adds that following the entry for the suffocation search, someone spent time on a MySpace page. That someone was Casey Anthony.
The state contends that after re-examining the entries in comparison with timelines, George Anthony was working at the time of the Internet inquiries. Whether or not possessing this information might have influenced the jury into arriving at a different conclusion remains unknown. Unaware of the subject of the suffocation inquisition, the prosecution insisted that Caylee suffered chloroform poisoning and probable suffocation from having her face covered with duct tape. Prolonged decomposition made cause of death determination impossible. Using maternal and grandparent identification through DNA testing, forensic specialists successfully identified the remains of Caylee Anthony.
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