Although Casey Anthony was acquitted in 2011 of her daughter’s murder, the jury’s verdict sparked public outrage which continues to flare. Adding more fuel to the fire is new evidence that could have changed the outcome of the trial.
Orange County sheriff’s Captain Angelo Nieves announced Sunday that his office’s computer investigators missed the fact that someone in Anthony’s home did a Google search on the Mozilla Firefox browser for “fool-proof” suffocation methods on the day the two-year-old, Caylee, was last seen alive. The person who made the query misspelled suffocation, entering the term “fool-proof suffication” instead of “suffocation,” and subsequently clicked on an article relating to suicide, which discussed methods such as taking poison and putting a bag over one’s head.
Internet records were investigated in 2008 and used in the trial, but the Sherriff’s office only pulled entries from the Internet Explorer browser and not from Mozilla Firefox, which it was reported Casey Anthony primarily used. Among the Internet Explorer entries prosecutors referenced in trial was a search for how to make chloroform. However, Casey Anthony’s mother, Cindy, stated on the witness stand that she unintentionally searched for chloroform while looking for information on chlorophyll.
Unaware of the Firefox searches, Prosecutors suggested Caylee was poisoned with chloroform and suffocated with duct tape which was placed over her mouth and nose. Although many jurors have deliberately stayed out of the public spotlight, at least two have said part of their decision was because prosecutors couldn’t conclusively prove how Caylee died.
Jose Baez, Anthony’s Lead Attorney, argued during the trial that Caylee accidentally drowned in the family pool and Casey and her father, George, covered it up.
“. . . it’s a shame we didn’t have it,” Prosecutor Jeff Ashton said. “This certainly would have put the accidental death claim in serious question.”
Apparently Baez knew about the Firefox search before the trial, yet he did not publicly mention it until writing about it in his book. In the book, Baez claims the Firefox search was performed by George Anthony who, out of despair, was looking online for ways to kill himself after Caylee’s death.
Incidentally, immediately after the Firefox suffocation search, the browser then recorded activity on the social networking site MySpace, which was used exclusively by Casey and not her father.
Baez, who no longer represents Anthony, told Orlando television station WKMG he expected prosecutors to bring up the search at trial.
“When they didn’t, we were kind of shocked,” Baez said.
Nieves admitted the sheriff’s office made a mistake by not consulting the FBI or Florida Department of Law Enforcement for help in investigating Anthony’s computer.