Posted tagged ‘Chloroform’

Casey Anthony: Mother Claims She Searched for Chloroform, Not Daughter

June 24, 2011

Cindy Anthony claimed in court yesterday that, in fact, she was the one who searched the term “chloroform” on the family computer.

Do you buy it?

From Fox News:

Cindy Anthony said she had run the queries on chloroform while looking up information on chlorophyll, a green pigment found in plants. She believed her dogs may have been eating bamboo leaves containing chlorophyll. Cindy Anthony also said she ran searches on other chemicals, such as hydrogen peroxide, after she was informed about a hand sanitizer scare.

During cross-examination Thursday, prosecutor Linda Drane Burdick suggested that Cindy Anthony never mentioned the searches during depositions and that work records show she was at her job during the time the searches were made on the family’s home computer.

Cindy Anthony responded that she could leave work when she needed to and that the work records might not have reflected her absence.

Casey Anthony: Computer Expert Testifies

June 8, 2011

Sandra Osborne, a computer forensics expert for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, took the witness stand this morning in the trial of Casey Anthony. Osborne has been called to testify about photos and Internet searches on a computer at Anthony’s home.

From the Associated Press:

Prosecutors have said previously that an Internet search on chloroform was conducted with the computer. Forensics scientists testified this week that high levels of chloroform were found in Anthony’s car. Chloroform is a chemical that is associated with human decomposition but the compound also can be used to render a person unconscious.

Casey Anthony: Stain in Trunk Allowed as Evidence in Upcoming Trial

April 22, 2011

Judge Belvin Perry has ruled that the stain found in Casey Anthony’s car trunk is admissible and can be used in her upcoming trial which is scheduled to begin in May.

From CNN:

Orange County Superior Court Chief Judge Belvin Perry Jr. denied a motion from Anthony’s defense attorney that the evidence was irrelevant. This means that it can be part of next month’s trial as long as prosecutors establish a proper foundation.

“The defendant … failed to meet her burden of proof,” the judge wrote in an order issued Thursday.

Casey Anthony: Chloroform Theory…

April 20, 2011

The question has been asked for more than a year now. Was there chloroform in the trunk of Casey Anthony’s car? Well, as you know, it’s one of the key evidence issues in the case. So, how did it get there?

From WESH:

Prosecution experts claim traces of the knock-out drug were present in the trunk, but the defense argued the test could have been thrown off by a wet bathing suit of Caylee’s that was left in the vehicle. The defense introduced the new theory to the public during a recent hearing.

Judge Belvin Perry is expected to rule this week whether the evidence will be allowed when the trial starts in May.

Casey Anthony: Does E-mail Give Away Prosecution’s Strategy

November 10, 2010

An email released by the prosecution shows that the state is looking to Europe for help in supporting its theory of premeditation.

From WESH:

The document, which was released as part of more than 900 pages of evidence in the case, shows prosecutors are working to support their theory that chloroform was used to knock out and kill Caylee Anthony.

Prosecutors claim air tests that were run inside of Anthony’s car detected large amounts of chloroform.

Former prosecutor Jeff Deen believes that discovery is central to the theory that Anthony smothered her daughter.

“It’s a huge finding in the case,” he said. “That has a lot to do with premeditation to commit murder or commit another felony, and that is a big, big, big piece of evidence.”

Casey Anthony: Drugs Used to Put Caylee to Sleep

April 6, 2010

According to documents released today, a jail inmate claims Casey Anthony would sometimes use drugs to put Caylee to sleep so that she could go out with friends.

From the Associated Press:

Maya Derkovic told detectives she was friendly with Casey Anthony in the Orange County Jail and that the 24-year-old mother confided in her about drugging her daughter so she could go out, according to a partial transcript the inmate’s interview with investigators. The transcript, along with other documents, was released by the State Attorney’s Office in Orlando.

A spokeswoman for Anthony’s legal team didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail and phone call.

Anthony told another inmate at the jail that Caylee had trouble sleeping and that Anthony would use medicine to put her to sleep, according to the documents. Robyn Adams said in a full transcript of her police interview that Anthony used antihistamines on her daughter. However, a police summary of Adams’ exchange with investigators says that Anthony used chloroform.

From CNN:

A woman who befriended Casey Anthony in jail told investigators that Anthony confided she would “knock out” her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, so she could go out at night while the child slept, according to a police report.

The inmate, identified in the document as Maya Derkovic, of Ocala, Florida, told police in a jailhouse interview that she used to talk with Anthony through the jail’s ventilation system. She said Anthony told her she regretted having a child so early in life, and gave three different versions of the events surrounding Caylee’s disappearance.

Another inmate, Robyn Adams, of Altamonte Springs, Florida, told investigators that Anthony said she used chloroform on Caylee to help the child sleep, the police report said. The mention of chloroform is significant because investigators found evidence consistent with human decomposition and traces of chloroform in the trunk of a car that belonged to Casey Anthony after Caylee disappeared in June 2008.

From CBS News:

Casey Anthony told a fellow inmate details about the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony, that only authorities knew. She also told fellow inmates she would use drugs on Caylee to get the toddler to sleep so she could go out and party.

The explosive allegations are contained in some 500 pages of new evidence from witnesses and detectives in a report on Caylee’s killing released by the Florida State Attorney’s Office. The report includes damning letters to the inmates, and word on conversations she supposedly had with those inmates, reports CBS News Correspondent Betty Nguyen.

Casey Anthony: Forensic Trail Connects The Dots

November 24, 2009

According to a source close to the case, three findings buried deep in the forensic evidence could be the link between Casey Anthony and the remains of her daughter, Caylee, which were found in the woods nearly a year ago.

From WESH:

In a report from the so-called “body farm” in Tennessee, Dr. Arpad Vass found a substance called “adipocere,” which is commonly referred to as “grave wax” on paper towels recovered from a trash bag inside Anthony’s car trunk. That dark, flaky substance he said comes from decomposing fatty tissues in humans and pigs.

In a more recent report, entomologist Neil Haskell found coffin flies on the paper towels and inside Anthony’s car trunk. He concluded someone wiped up decomposition fluids in the trunk.

Anthony’s attorney Jose Baez, said, “I’ve got four lawyers who are dying to cross-examine him.”

The source within the investigation also points out an FBI lab finding that hairs recovered from Caylee Anthony’s skull and to the single strand with the so-called death band recovered from the trunk.

The FBI report said they exhibit the “the same microscopic characteristics” and are “consistent with originating from the same source.”

While that FBI report states the hairs do not constitute a basis for absolute personal identification, it can be argued the hair from a dead body inside Anthony’s trunk matches strands from Caylee’s skull.

Casey Anthony: Baez Believes Chloroform Reports Were Blown out of Proportion

November 12, 2009

The TV Guy, Hal Boedeker, has the scoop tonight on the “big fizzle” (reported by WKMG reporter Tony Pipitone) that is the importance of the chloroform report earlier this week.

Is it a big fizzle? Is it important? I’ve seen the discussion. Let’s continue it!

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Pipitone noted that local and national media highlighted that chloroform was found in a Gatorade bottle and syringe discovered near Caylee Anthony’s remains. Casey Anthony is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her daughter. The state released documents about the chloroform last week.

But earlier this week, Pipitone reported that the amount of chloroform was insignificant. WKMG consulted an independent chemist in reporting its story.

Anthony attorney Jose Baez cited the Pipitone report today. “You can find those chemicals and the byproducts in tap water,” Baez said. “I think, as [with] everything else in this case, it was blown way out of proportion. I’m sure it made a great headline and got everybody excited, but I don’t think it did any more than that.”

Casey Anthony: Now, Chloroform is NOT the Smoking Gun

November 11, 2009

It’s once again a he said…she said in the debate over the chloroform.

Hal Boedeker at the Orlando Sentinel has an interesting look at a WKMG report on this topic from last night.

Honestly, I’ll just wait until the trial until all of the actual evidence comes out. Too difficult to sort everything out :)

From the TV Guy:

Reporter Tony Pipitone said the station had confirmed there was little concentration of chloroform in the bottle. The chloroform was 12 parts per billion — in tap water, chloroform and other chemicals in its family  can be 80 parts per billion. The station found its confirmation through an independent chemist, who said the chloroform was insignificant.

The state released documents about the chloroform evidence Friday.  Pipitone said testosterone was more present than chloroform.

Casey Anthony: Is Chloroform the “Smoking Gun”

November 9, 2009

Nice piece by Hal Boedeker today discussing the newly released evidence which was made public last Friday.

Looks like many experts are looking at the chloroform evidence as the smoking gun that will put a needle in Casey Anthony’s arm.

I think that the key here is that if Casey is guilty of this terrible crime, it is the chloroform evidence which demonstrates that this was a premeditated murder.

Thoughts?

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Chloroform evidence “could be the closest thing we’ve seen to a smoking gun so far,”  WESH anchor Martha Sugalski said in introducing a report.

Reporter Bob Kealing turned to Orlando defense attorney Richard Hornsby for analysis about the evidence. Hornsby focused on a syringe, with traces of chloroform, found near Caylee’s remains and on coffin flies found in Anthony’s car.

“I now understand why the state attorney is seeking the death penalty,” Hornsby said. “You have the premeditation filled in. You have the cause of death filled in.”

He described the chloroform as “the smoking gun, it’s the nail in the coffin” and the duct tape found on Caylee’s remains as the impetus for imposition of the death penalty.


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