Orlando, Fla. – On Friday, the prosecution continued its rebuttal case at the Casey Anthony murder trial by presenting testimony from Cindy Anthony’s employer, along with computer experts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to refute her testimony regarding her work hours and the searches done on the Anthony family home computer.
On June 23, Cindy, Casey’s mother, testified that she was the one – not Casey – who used the family’s home computer and searched for chloroform. This bolsters the defense theory that Casey did not conduct the searches, and thus did not kill her daughter with the chemical substance.
Cindy said one of her dogs appeared to be sick and she believed it was eating bamboo from the backyard, thus she initially looked up chlorophyll, which later led to searches regarding chloroform.
Cindy recalled that she conducted the searches in Mar. 2008 because she had also looked up inhalation, alcohol, acetone and peroxide due to an email she received warning of the hazards of hand sanitizers on young children. Thus, she was concerned such substances could be harmful to her granddaughter, Caylee Anthony.
Although her employment records indicate Cindy was at work during the time the searches were conducted, under direct examination, defense attorney Jose Baez tried to establish that this could have been a supervisor error, or Cindy may have taken some vacation time.
He asked if a supervisor had ever entered her as being at work on her time card when she was not, and Cindy answered in the affirmative.
To see Cindy Anthony’s testimony at the Casey Anthony trial on June 23, 2011, click here.
John Camperlengo, the chief compliance officer for Gentiva Health, where Cindy worked in the spring of 2008, testified that each employee has a unique computer login and profile name. He noted that work records indicate that Cindy was logged into her computer at her work station at or about the same time the searches were being conducted on the Anthony home computer.
Next up was Deborah Polisano, who told the jury that Cindy was a good employee. She also noted that no employees could access their work network from home and that she, as a supervisor, could not log in to any employee’s computer as that employee – meaning, should she have logged into any one computer, Polisano would have used her own login and password.
Sgt. Keven Stenger was on the stand for a third time, testifying about the searches on the Anthony family home computer in Mar. 2008. Stenger noted that the words “neck breaking” were specifically typed into Google as a search item and did not appear as the result of a YouTube pop up. He also told the jury that Internet history was deleted from the family’s home computer for the dates ranging from Mar. 4 through 21, 2008.
Finally, computer crimes examiner Sandra Osborne returned to the stand, also for a third time, to testify about searches for bamboo on the Anthony family computer on the dates in question.
Osborne noted nothing related to hand sanitizer was found on the computer, however, searches for bamboo were present, involving furniture and flooring. In addition, Osborne said she could find no searches for chlorophyll on the same day the searches for chloroform were conducted. She told the jury the only reference to chlorophyll found was in the computer’s dictionary file.
To watch closing arguments in the Casey Anthony trial on July 3, 2011, click here.
Osborne did concede under cross-examination by defense attorney Jose Baez that some files may be overwritten by others once deleted, however, subsequent to that prosecutor Linda Drane-Burdick elicited from Osborne that such files would then appear fragmented.
Det. Yuri Melich was the final witness on the stand, testifying he that he found no evidence on Cindy Anthony’s phone that indicated she had made a call to her husband George Anthony during the week of June 16, 2008 — the day the defense claims Caylee accidentally drowned in the backyard pool.
To see Camperlengo, Polisano, Stenger, Osborne and Melich testify at the Casey Anthony trial on July 1, 2011, click here.
The prosecution wrapped up its rebuttal case on Friday. Attorneys are slated to present closing arguments Sunday morning.
Casey, 25, is charged with killing her toddler daughter, Caylee, 2, in the summer of 2008 using chloroform and duct tape. If convicted of the crime, Casey could be sentenced to death.
To keep up to date with the Casey Anthony trial and view jury selection, court proceedings and testimony videos, click here.
To revisit Casey’s case, find links to pages and pages of evidence, including transcripts of law enforcement interviews, court documents, letters, and forensic evidence, by clicking here.
In addition, links to a multitude of videos and photos released in the case including the many men in Casey’s life, party photos, and evidentiary images can be found by clicking here.
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