Casey Anthony stood accused of murdering her 2-year-old daughter Caylee but, in what would turn out to be the trial of the decade, was acquitted of all charges mostly because jurors could not establish an exact cause of death. Had investigators not overlooked the Google search history on her computer, things would have been different.
New evidence has emerged in the controversial case, indicating that investigators who looked through Casey’s computer shortly after Caylee’s body was found, completely overlooked the Google search she’d done.
The search had been done in a browser Anthony primarily used, so chances are she was the one who’d performed it, Yahoo! New Zealand reports.
“Someone in their home did a Google search for ‘fool-proof’ suffocation methods on the day the girl was last seen alive. Orange County sheriff's Captain Angelo Nieves said the office's computer investigator missed the June 16, 2008, search. The agency's admission was first reported by Orlando television station WKMG,” the publication reports.
No one knows who performed the investigation on the computer and, as such, missed this potentially significant piece of evidence.
“Sheriff's investigators pulled 17 vague entries only from the computer's Internet Explorer browser, not the Mozilla Firefox browser commonly used by Casey Anthony. More than 1,200 Firefox entries, including the suffocation search, were overlooked,” the e-zine says.
The person conducting the search typed the phrase “fool-proof suffication [sic]” in the browser and then clicked on an article about suicide by poisoning and suffocation.
“The browser then recorded activity on the social networking site MySpace, which was used by Casey Anthony but not her father,” Yahoo! reports.
Prosecutor Jeff Ashton is now saying that, had they had this piece of evidence at the time, the outcome of the trial might have been different because it might have helped establish a cause of death for little Caylee.
Caylee’s body was found 6 months after she was reported missing. By that time, it was already decomposed enough to make it impossible to establish a certain cause of death.