A woman on trial for murdering her husband in 2004 did a Google search on the phrase "How to commit murder", exactly 10 days before she allegedly shot him dead, according to a police digital technology expert.
Melanie McGuire, who is on trial in the US, also did searches on Google and MSN for "undetectable poisons", "fatal dioxin levels", "instant poisons" and "toxic insulin levels", as well as "how to purchase guns illegally", "how to find chloroform", "fatal insulin doses", "poisoning deaths" and "where to purchase guns illegally".
She also searched for "gun laws in Pennsylvania", "how to purchase guns in Pennsylvania", and "where to purchase guns without a permit", according to the testimony of Jennifer Seymour, who formerly worked for the New Jersey police force.
The testimony can be viewed in this video clip from Court TV.
Seymour, who now works for the US Department of Defence, said she examined the hard drive of computers seized by police from McGuire's lawyer's office, her home and the home of her parents.
McGuire, a nurse, is on trial in the Superior Court of New Jersey for first degree murder for allegedly shooting her husband William McGuire, 39, with a .38 calibre gun. At the time of his death, he was employed by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
According to prosecutors, in May 2004 William McGuire's severed remains were found in three suitcases off the Virginia coast. His wife faces a sentence of 30 years to life in prison if convicted.