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Anthony 'chloroform' searches overstated, software designer says

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Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 02:35 PM

While media bloodhounds think they've tracked Casey Anthony to California, a software designer who testified at her trial said prosecutors' evidence about her "chloroform" Internet searches was overstated because of inaccurate data and never corrected.

John Bradley, who designed the CacheBack software used by investigators in the case, said he re-evaluated the data and found Anthony visited a crucial website once, not 84 times as prosecutors told the jury.

Bradley told the New York Times he discovered the error after testifying, then redesigned the software. He told the newspaper he immediately alerted prosecutors and Orange County investigators, but they did not correct the mistake before the trial ended.

The "chloroform" search was key to the prosecution's case because it implied premeditation. Prosecutors tried to convince jurors Anthony poisoned her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee, with chloroform and suffocated her with duct tape.

Anthony was acquitted of first-degree murder and other serious charges. She was released from the Orange County Jail early Sunday after being held more than three years.

A jet belonging to a former member of Anthony's defense team left Orlando Executive Airport a few hours later, and after several stops landed in Carlsbad, Calif., according to FlightAware, which tracks flights. It was unknown if Anthony was on the plane or, if so, whether she was aboard when it landed in California.

Todd Macaluso, who left the defense team last year, has an office at Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, where it stores a Pilatus PC-12, according to his firm's website.

According to reports, the plane left Orlando and made stops in Panama City; Houston; Prescott, Ariz.; San Francisco; Santa Ana, Calif.; and then Carlsbad, near San Diego. The pilot reportedly changed flight plans twice.

Anthony's attorneys won't hint about her whereabouts.

Her parents, George and Cindy Anthony, reportedly were asked, but refused, to be "decoys" during her release, their attorney, Mark Lippman, told HLN. However, Lippman said the Anthonys received a text from defense attorney Jose Baez saying their daughter was safe at an undisclosed location.

Where ever Anthony is, her attorneys said life will not be easy.

"She's going to need a period of solitude, of prayer, of quiet reflection, of consultation with those she trusts. She's not only lost her child, she's lost the rest of her family," Charles Greene, Anthony's civil attorney, told CBS News.

"She is a virtual Hester Prynne of our society with a scarlet letter, a well-known face. So she is still in many ways confined."

Meantime, Bradley, chief software developer of CacheBack, told the New York Times that "chloroform" was Googled once on the Anthony family computer in March 2008. The search led to sci-spot.com, a site with information on the compund's use in the 1800s, he said.

Bradley testified for the prosecution June 8 that CacheBack showed the site was visited 84 times. The defense later presented evidence that investigators also used another software, NetAnalysis, which showed only one visit to the site.

After hearing the discrepancy, Bradley said he redesigned CacheBack to provide a more accurate analysis. He informed investigators and prosecutors about the correction the weekend of June 25. He said Sgt. Kevin Stenger, a forensic computer expert with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, acknowledged the new data.

Prosecutors are required to reveal exculpatory evidence to the defense. Anthony defense attorney Cheney Mason told the Times it was "outrageous" the state withheld the information.

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