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Witnesses Who Testified for O.J. Simpson’s Defense

September 9, 1995 GMT

Witnesses for O.J. Simpson’s defense and summary of their testimony:

ARNELLE SIMPSON: Simpson’s 26-year-old daughter; said she was born ``the same day my dad won the Heisman Trophy″; said he was distraught, confused, and out of control a day after the June 12, 1994, murders; said she never saw him wear dark blue or black sweat suit; said she didn’t see any blood on foyer or driveway at his home; said he couldn’t play tennis because of arthritis; said former Simpson friend and prosecution witness Ron Shipp was at bar in Simpson house holding beer can each time she saw him on evening of June 13, 1994.

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CARMELITA SIMPSON-DURIO: Simpson’s sister; said Shipp was drinking beer and was ``high″; said Shipp visited Simpson in his bedroom night after murders, but he was only there a few minutes and was never alone with him.

EUNICE SIMPSON: Simpson’s mother; said her son never liked name Orenthal so she called him O.J.; worked in psychiatric ward at San Francisco General Hospital for nearly 38 years; said she tried to visit Simpson, wife and children every three months because she wanted the children to know her; said Simpson was born with rickets because she nursed older son while carrying Simpson; said Simpson looked shocked when she first saw him on June 13, 1994; said Shipp was sitting at bar with can in his hand and appeared to be spaced.

CAROL CONNORS: songwriter; said she saw Simpson and Paula Barbieri at hospital fund-raising dinner day before murders and he graciously agreed to pose for photo; said she saw a very ``exquisite, romantic moment″ between Simpson and Barbieri.

MARY COLLINS: interior designer; said she designed three of his offices; said she met with him and Barbieri on June 6 to discuss redecorating his mansion.

MATTIE SHIRLEY SIMPSON BAKER: Simpson’s older sister; said she and her husband spent night of June 13, 1994, in her brother’s room; said Shipp visited the room a few minutes but wasn’t alone with Simpson.

JACK McKAY: chief financial officer for American Psychological Association; played golf with Simpson on June 8, 1994; said Simpson walked with slight limp; said Simpson was friendly, willing to shake hands, sign autographs and have pictures taken.

DANNY MANDEL: works at Sony Pictures in television finance; went on blind date with Ellen Aaronson at Mezzaluna restaurant night of murders; said they left restaurant at 10:15 p.m.; said he didn’t see anything unusual and heard no barking dogs when he walked by Nicole Brown Simpson’s condo about 10:25 p.m.

ELLEN AARONSON: Toy company production executive; has lived in Brentwood for 3 1/2 years; said she saw no bodies or blood around Ms. Simpson’s condo and didn’t hear barking dogs; said she determined times of events that night by calling restaurant, questioning roommates, talking to Mandel; acknowledged she initially told police she went by Ms. Simpson’s condo at 11 p.m., but then alerted police to her error.

FRANCESCA HARMAN: hotel convention service manager; left party in Ms. Simpson’s neighborhood at 10:15 p.m.; turned onto Bundy at 10:20 p.m. and saw nothing or heard nothing amiss when she drove by Ms. Simpson’s condo; said she knew time because she checked her car’s clock.

DENISE PILNAK: distance runner; lives in 900 block of Bundy Drive; said she was stickler for time and showed jurors two watches on her arm _ one a runner’s watch; said friend left her home at 10:21 p.m. and neighborhood was absolutely still; said she heard dog start barking at 10:35 p.m. and it continued for about 45 minutes; acknowledged she didn’t write down her private diary until January 1995; said her recall of events was accurate except when she talked to police and reporters right after the killings because she was in shock.

JUDY TELANDER: Pilnak friend; said Pilnak asked her to leave at 10:18 p.m.; said Pilnak walked her to car at 10:21 p.m.; said she drove past Ms. Simpson’s condo about 10:25 p.m.; said she heard no dogs or sounds of a fight.

ROBERT HEIDSTRA: lives near murder scene; walked dog at 10:15 p.m. night of murders; heard dog barking ``like crazy″ near Ms. Simpson’s condo at 10:35 p.m., then heard two men shouting; first man said, ``Hey! Hey! Hey!″ and second responded but Heidstra couldn’t hear what was said; Heidstra then heard metal gate slam; didn’t see anyone as he went home; said he saw Jeep-type car _ perhaps Blazer or Bronco _ speeding down street, away from Ms. Simpson’s home just after 10:40 p.m. the night she and Ronald Goldman were killed; said he never told an acquaintance that second voice he heard was an older man who sounded black; denied he ever said one of the voices belonged to Simpson; said any talk of making money off his testimony was a joke.

WAYNE STANFIELD: American Airlines pilot; flew Los Angeles to Chicago; said he went to see Simpson three hours into flight; found Simpson ``pensive, lost in thought″ and staring out window; asked if he could talk to him and Simpson stood to shake hands and say yes; said he asked Simpson to sign personal flight log; said Simpson appeared relaxed and responded to questions in an alert fashion; said handshake was firm and he saw nothing wrong with Simpson physically.

MICHAEL NORRIS: courier employee; said he had just dropped off packages at airport when Simpson got out of limousine; said he and friend walked over and said hello; said friend asked for autograph; said he saw Simpson take what looked like ticket out of bag in back of limo; said Simpson didn’t appear rushed or preoccupied.

MICHAEL GLADDEN: Norris’ friend; said he asked Simpson for autograph and showed signature to jurors; said Simpson appeared calm; didn’t notice anything on Simpson’s hands.

HOWARD L. BINGHAM: personal photographer for Muhammad Ali; passenger on Chicago flight; spoke briefly with Simpson before takeoff; characterized Simpson as seeming his normal self.

STEPHEN VALERIE: UCLA student; boarded plane just ahead of Simpson; seated himself to observe Simpson; said Simpson was dressed neatly, smiled politely several times and read document; noted that Simpson wasn’t sweaty and specifically looked for sweat because Simpson boarded last and he thought of Hertz commercials depicting him running through airports; didn’t see any cuts on Simpson’s hands while looking for NFL championship ring.

JIM MERRILL: Hertz employee; greeted Simpson at Chicago airport; said Simpson carried garment and duffel bag; described Simpson as cordial, happy while being approached for autographs as he waited for golf bag at carousel; said Simpson left golf bag in car trunk while checking into hotel; didn’t see any cut on Simpson’s left middle finger at airport pickup; said a few hours later Simpson was frantic, desperate and then crying during three calls in nine-minute span in which he told Merrill he had to return to airport; couldn’t find Simpson at hotel and went to airport to return his golf clubs; sent clubs to Los Angeles on subsequent flight.

RAYMOND KILDUFF: Hertz division vice president; saw Simpson outside Chicago hotel; said Simpson appeared upset and accepted ride to the airport; testified Simpson moaned during trip; noted that Simpson’s left hand had a loose bloody bandage; helped Simpson with luggage, including black duffel bag that was mostly empty.

MARK PARTRIDGE: Chicago trademark attorney; sat next to Simpson on flight to Los Angeles; characterized Simpson as upset, agitated, sighing heavily; said Simpson made numerous telephone calls; described Simpson’s behavior as sincere; said he later wrote down eight pages of observations.

DR. ROBERT HUIZENGA: Beverly Hills internist; formerly Los Angeles Raiders team physician; called by defense to describe Simpson’s condition during examination three days after killings; described limp and numerous old football injuries, including very bad left knee, which would limit movement; said cuts on fingers of left hand appeared to be from glass but acknowledged they could have been caused by knife; found indications of rheumatoid arthritis; found no problems with Simpson’s grip and concluded he could hold knife; checked nose for signs of cocaine but found nothing abnormal; said Simpson’s physique looked like Tarzan’s but was deceptive; said Simpson was getting very little sleep because of stress; said Simpson had severe physical limitations but none that would make him incapable of murdering ex-wife and Goldman; described almost 10 cuts and abrasions he saw on Simpson’s left hand three days after murders; said Simpson denied he had rheumatoid arthritis because he didn’t want to see himself as an arthritic patient; after watching an exercise video featuring Simpson, said Simpson was showing signs of same injuries he saw in initial examination; said Simpson had an altered cadence in the video but limp was more pronounced June 15.

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