Computer Focus Of Attention In Casey Anthony Trial
Part of Technorati's ongoing special coverage of the Casey Anthony murder trial.
Testimony continued this morning in the Casey Anthony murder trial, as cadaver dog handler Kristin Brewer from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office discussed the training of her dog, “Bones.” After Bones was released into the backyard to verify previously found traces of a dead body, he stopped in the same corner as did Gerus, the first dog brought to the scene, verifying a possible find.
The State prosecution team is said to be laying groundwork towards their theory that Casey Anthony may’ve killed her daughter Caylee, buried her in the backyard, then dug her up at a later time to transport the body in her car’s trunk. The cadaver dog information underscored this theory. Previous testimony by a neighbor stated that Casey Anthony had borrowed a shovel from him after Caylee went missing.
Defense cross-examination led Brewer to remind the jury that cadaver dogs “alert” on long-ago decomposing blood from an injured person, who may ultimately still be alive.
From there, attention focused on electronic devices taken from the Anthony home, including a Compaq laptop computer and Nokia cell phone owned and used by Casey Anthony. Computer Forensic Specialist Sandra Osborne took the stand for questioning, detailing efforts to extract information from the phone.
Osborne ticked off cell phone numbers listed of individuals (fake or real) related to the murder case, including Zenaida (Zanny) Fernandez-Gonzalez, Jeffrey Hopkins, and then-boyfriend Anthony Lazzaro. Zanny “the nanny” has turned out to not exist, and Jeffrey Hopkins, although real, never had the level of relationship stated by Casey Anthony to investigators.
After this, the Compaq laptop was discussed, along with a lengthy procedure detailing how Osborne removed data from the computer without altering it. According to Osborne, any data that has ever existed on a computer, including data deleted by the owner, can be found and revealed in a thorough forensic investigation.
On the computer were two user accounts, one for Casey Anthony and the other created much later, called Owner, set up in March of 2008 and password protected. The password, of course, was cracked almost immediately by Osborne.Continued on the next page