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Casey Anthony Trial Update: "Chloroform" search on family computer, says witness

Casey Anthony sits in the courtroom before the start of court on the 12th day of her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. Anthony is charged with killing her 2-year old daughter in 2008. AP Photo/Joe Burbank

Casey Anthony Trial Update: "Chloroform" search on family computer, says witness
Casey Anthony sits in the courtroom before the start of court on the 12th day of her murder trial at the Orange County Courthouse on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, in Orlando, Fla.
AP Photo/Joe Burbank

(CBS/WKMG) ORLANDO, Fla. - Sandra Osborne, a police computer forensics expert, was called Wednesday in the trial of Casey Anthony to testify about photos and Internet searches on a desktop computer at the Anthony home.

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Osborne testified that retrieved search information on the computer, which was used by Casey Anthony as well as her parents, showed that a search for the word "chloroform" was made using Google. The history of that search was deleted, but Osborne testified she was able to find it, reports CBS affiliate WKMG.

Earlier this week, a forensics expert testified that the chloroform levels in an air sample from Anthony's car was "shockingly high."

On Tuesday, an FBI chemist testified that traces of chloroform residue were found in the trunk, and although the levels were not high, he was surprised to find any trace of the chemical at all in the trunk.

Osborne said she found searches for Zenaida-Fernandez Gonzalez the morning of July 16, 2008. She said the searches were for the age range of 22-29 and made for the Orlando or Jacksonville area. She said there was no record of searches for that name before that date on the computer, reports the station.

Anthony told investigators Caylee was taken by a nanny by that same name, who she said had been watching Caylee for nearly two years. The defense has since admitted that the nanny never existed.

Earlier in the day,  K-9 handler Deputy Kristin Brewer was called to the stand by the state prosecutors, and testified that her K-9 alerted her to human decomposition in the backyard of the home Anthony shared with her daughter and her parents during a search in July 2008.

During cross-examination, Anthony's lead attorney, Jose Baez, asked Brewer why she didn't take the dog inside the Anthony home.

"It wasn't my case," she said, adding that she only checked those areas where investigators asked her to search.

Caylee's skeletal remains were found in the woods near the home in December 2008. Anthony could be sentenced to death if convicted of first-degree murder. She has pleaded not guilty and her defense attorney says Caylee accidentally drowned in the family's swimming pool.

The Casey Anthony case was recently reported on by "48 Hours Mystery."

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  • Camille Mann

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