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Updated March 31, 2014 10:11 P.M.

A man admits to loaning a gun to the woman charged with the gruesome murder of her husband.

As the trial for Juatasha Denton-McCaster continues, prosecutors allege she researched how to poison her husband and how to avoid getting caught.

Google searches including "ways to kill people and not get caught" were found on the laptop of 24-year-old Denton-McCaster, who is charged with killing and dismembering her husband and concealing his death.

In day four of her trial, a computer evidence analyst with Illinois State Police showed the internet search history on her laptop, which also included  "hit man," "what poison is tasteless but deadly" and "how many drops of Visine does it take to kill someone."

Denton-McCaster's attorney argued there's no proof she's the person who typed those searches.

A forensic toxicologist found abnormally high levels of tetrahydrozoline in Norman McCaster's liver tissue. That's the active ingredient in eye drops and can be used as a poison, according to the toxicologist.

Detectives said they found several empty eye drop bottles in Denton-McCaster's trash but didn't keep them as evidence, because they didn't know the bottles may be connected to a crime.

Although we don't know exactly how Norman McCaster was killed, prosecutors suggest a potential murder weapon. A man who had classes with Denton-McCaster at UIS said she texted him asking to borrow his gun for one night because she told her dad she ordered a gun online and he was coming in town that night, so she didn't want to seem like a liar.

He loaned her his Ruger .380 on October 24, 2012. He says when she returned it the next day, October 25, it was missing two bullets and she called it her "little friend."

Norman McCaster's headless, handless and footless body was found in rural Mechanicsburg on October 29, 2012. 

The man who loaned Denton-McCaster the gun later called an attorney when he found out she'd been charged with murder. He said he realized the timeframe he loaned her the gun was close to when her husband's body was found. He met with Sangamon County detectives and turned over the gun for evidence.

Denton-McCaster's trial continues Tuesday.

Original report published March 31, 2014 5:49 P.M.

A Springfield woman researched how to kill her husband before murdering him. That's the picture painted by prosecutors on day four of the trial.

Juatasha Denton-McCaster, 24, is charged with killing and dismembering her husband, Norman McCaster, and dumping his torso in a field.

Evidence presented today showed the internet search history from Denton-McCaster's laptop. It showed that prior to the killing of her husband, search subjects on her computer included "ways to kill people and not get caught," "hit man," "what poison is tasteless but deadly," and "how many drops of visine does it take to kill someone."

Also today, a forensic toxicologist testified there were very high levels of the active ingredient in eyedrops found in the liver of Norman McCaster. If ingested in very high doses, that element can kill you.

Detective said they found several empty eye drop bottles in Denton-McCaster's trash, but didn't file them as evidence. At the time, detectives say, they were unaware that eye drops could be used as a poison, and thus saw no connection to the murder.

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