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ORLANDO - Casey Anthony walked away a free woman after she was acquitted in the 2008 death of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee, but damning computer evidence that the Orange County Sheriff's Office had in their possession could have changed the verdict in the high-profile Florida case, according to a WKMG-TV report .
Anthony's attorney, Jose Baez, along with the rest of her team fully expected the state to present proof that the same afternoon Anthony researched suffocation and poison methods, her child was killed by poison and suffocation.
"I really believed that (prosecutors) were going to sandbag us with it," Baez told reporters.
But despite hundreds of hours spent in investigations, search and discovery, that angle wasn't presented because the information never got in the hands of the prosecutors, the report states.
Anthony was found not guilty in the summer of 2011 in the death of 2-year-old Caylee.
Baez' book, "Presumed Guilty" blamed Anthony's father, George for the incriminating computer search. But Local 6's investigators say the timeline suggests it was Casey, based on newly released records.
Her father was at work and no one else was home when "fool-proof suffication"(sic), "plastic bag over the head" and other terms related to homicidal murder were searched under the password-protected account that Casey used.
The Sheriff's Office acknowledges that there was an oversight. Prosecutors were unaware of 98.7 percent of the internet browser history records until last week, the report claims.
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