Casey Anthony trial: Records undercut mother's testimony on Internet search
The prosecution in the Casey Anthony trial introduced records from Cindy Anthony's employer indicating she was not the one using the home computer to search for information on chloroform.
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“If I had access to my work computer I could tell you when I left that day,” she replied.
Documents obtained from Gentiva show that someone was logged in on a Gentiva computer as Cindy Anthony and was updating computerized patient files at Cindy Anthony’s workstation in Winter Park, Fla., from 1:41 p.m. until 2:22 p.m. on March 17, and from 2:22 p.m. to 4:06 p.m. on March 21.
Mr. Camperlengo testified that the records were accurate and that they indicated that Mrs. Anthony was present in the company’s office on those dates and those times.
Mrs. Anthony had justified her “chloroform” search with the explanation that she intended to search for “chlorophyll” and that “chloroform” was suggested as an alternative search. She said she was worried that her dogs were eating bamboo leaves and wanted to learn more about chlorophyll to see if it might make them sick. She also said she was concerned about the use of hand sanitizers around young children like her granddaughter, Caylee.
Two computer forensic examiners from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office testified that they searched the Anthony’s home computer – including the section of the hard drive containing deleted files – for the words chlorophyll, hand sanitizer, and bamboo. They told the jury they found nothing for “chlorophyll” and “sanitizer,” and under “bamboo” they discovered items related to furniture, lanterns, floors, and tiki bars, but nothing about bamboo leaves.
At the close of the state’s case, Judge Perry asked defense attorney Jose Baez whether he wanted to put Mrs. Anthony back on the witness stand. The defense declined.
Also on Friday, defense attorney Cheney Mason renewed an earlier motion for a mistrial based on prosecutors introducing a video animation showing a photo of Caylee’s face superimposed over her skull with a piece of duct tape positioned over the mouth and nose.
Defense attorneys say there is no evidence of when the duct tape was applied to the toddler’s face and whether it was applied over both the mouth and the nose, or a different portion of the face.
Judge Perry denied the motion.
He also denied a renewed defense motion for judgment of acquittal. Such motions are routinely made by defense counsel prior to closing arguments and are routinely denied by trial judges. Judge Perry cited no reasons for denying both motions.
Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter. Prosecutors allege that Ms. Anthony hid Caylee’s body in the trunk of her car for several days before dumping it a wooded area a quarter-mile from the family home.
Defense lawyers say Caylee died in a swimming pool accident and that Casey panicked. They say she and her father, George, tried to cover up the death.
George Anthony denies any knowledge of how his granddaughter died and denies any involvement in a cover up.
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