In the case of Ana Walshe, the prosecution has read out a list of Google searches that the defendant, Brian Walshe, who is accused of killing and disinterring a body, is said to have conducted. On the morning that Ana is thought to have vanished, Brian is said to have searched for things like “can you throw away body parts” and “10 ways to dispose of a dead body if you really need to.”
Coworkers reported Ana Walshe missing on January 4. Although the prosecution claims there is no proof Ana Walshe left the house that morning and hasn’t been seen since, Brian Walshe told police in an affidavit that she had left for her job in Washington, DC, on January 1.
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According to the prosecution, Brian visited a Home Depot on January 2 and spent $450 on supplies like tarps, cleaning supplies, and a hatchet. “Hacksaw best tool to dismember” was one of the Google searches that day that were read aloud. Additional searches focused on masked corpse smells and decomposition.
According to police, Ana’s remains were thrown away in a dumpster, whose contents would have been shred and burned. Beland testified in court that on January 3, a man resembling Brian Walshe could be seen on surveillance footage tossing a heavy trash bag into a dumpster.
“It is simple to accuse someone of a crime, and it’s even simpler to claim they actually committed it. We will see if the prosecution can prove it, which is a much more difficult task. Since I will be trying this case in court and not in front of the media, I won’t comment on the evidence “Tracy Miner, Brian Walshe’s lawyer, stated in a statement obtained by WHDH.
“Second, because the prosecution has not given me any evidence. In my experience, the prosecution’s case isn’t that strong when, as in this case, they leak supposed evidence to the press before giving it to me. They give me everything as soon as they can when they have a compelling argument. We will examine their evidence and what is allowed in court, where the case will ultimately be decided, to see what they have.
Walshe has been detained without bail after entering a not guilty plea to all of the charges.