Bombshells in Casey Anthony Trial Continue - Page 3
Cindy admitted to Baez that she, not daughter Casey, was the one who had searched for chloroform on March 2008 on the home computer, as well as for “chlorophyll,” out of concern bamboo leaves eaten by her younger pet Yorkshire Terrier were making the dog sleepy.
When asked if she was confused as to the difference between chlorophyll and chloroform, Cindy replied no, and that “Some species of algae and seaweeds and stuff produce naturally chloroform.”
Cindy also admitted searching for troubling keywords such as “neck breaking” and “inhalation” following a friend being injured in an automobile accident, and discussion with coworkers about children being harmed by hand sanitizers.
Although work records show Cindy Anthony working during the time the searches occurred, Cindy stated that her employee often tracked the work hours of people in her position incorrectly, and that she was indeed home.
When shown a photo of the stain in the trunk of daughter Casey’s car trunk, Cindy dropped yet another bombshell, in stating that the stain had been there when the white Pontiac Sunfire was originally purchased by the family.
The Internet searches were key for the prosecution to show premeditated murder on behalf of Casey Anthony, and the trunk stain helped prosecutors allege that daughter Caylee decomposed for a period of time while being locked up in the Sunfire’s trunk. Gasps could be heard from the courtroom gallery as big chunks of the prosecution’s evidence were called into question by Cindy’s testimony.
Under aggressive cross-examination by prosecution attorney Linda Drane Burdick, Cindy restated that she thought she had been home to perform the searches, despite work records. When Burdick asked “You knew these computer searches were a big deal, didn’t you?” Cindy stated that she told prosecutors in an earlier deposition that she searched for chlorophyl and chloroform but denied searching for “how to make chloroform.”
When pressed further, Cindy admitted searching for acetone, peroxide, hydrogen peroxide, and often visited drugworld.com, a drug library web site referred to by the prosecution in evidence against Casey Anthony.
Disturbing Internet search evidence in disarray
When Cindy was excused and left the stunned courtroom, Orange County Sheriff’s Office forensic computer examiner Sandra Osborne was called to the stand, to detail how she organized Internet search findings on the Anthony home computer, then turned them over to her manager, Kevin Stengler. Stengler was then called to the stand.Continued on the next page