SUSAN BROCKBANK, police criminalist: Measured evidence glov
SUSAN BROCKBANK, police criminalist: Measured evidence gloves and found much shorter than new pair of same size; pieces of evidence from different scenes were packaged in sealed bags in same box.
WILLIE FORD, police videographer: Filmed items inside Simpson’s house day after the killings; saw no socks at foot of bed.
WAYNE STANFIELD, American Airlines captain: Got autograph from Simpson, described him as ``calm, cool and collected″; saw no cuts on left hand but never carefully looked at Simpson’s hands.
Dec. 12, 1996:
JOHN GERDES, molecular biologist: Police sloppiness in collecting blood samples contaminated DNA evidence and rendered test results worthless; some samples appeared clean and no proof results were wrong; qualified answers saying some DNA could have degraded so badly it became invisible and only the contaminants showed up on sophisticated test results.
Dec. 16, 1996:
HERBERT MacDONELL, bloodstain expert: Blood on sock leaked through to other side, suggesting no foot in sock at time and bolstering defense frame-up theory; stain could have seeped through during testing; soaked a glove in his own blood and glove did not shrink.
DR. MICHAEL BADEN, former New York City coroner: Contradicted nearly all of pathologist Spitz’s opinions about fingernail wounds, thinks Simpson cut hand on glass shards; believes multiple killers used multiple weapons; killers should have gotten blood on skin and clothes; Goldman could have remained on his feet struggling with his killer for two or three minutes after being stabbed; didn’t recall telling national TV audience that Goldman remained standing for 10 minutes; reviewed film clip and said difference between two, three and five minutes was inconsequential because it was still five to 10 minutes from first stab wound to death.
Dec. 17, 1996:
WILLIAM BLASINI JR., car parts buyer: (RT) Visited tow yard June 21, 1994; sat in Bronco’s passenger and driver seats; saw no blood inside; acknowledged Bronco was indoors, he didn’t have flashlight and didn’t closely examine paneling.
Dec. 18, 1996:
ROBERT GRODEN, photo expert, past member of government-appointed photographic panel that analyzed amateur film of Kennedy assassination: Believes picture of Simpson wearing incriminating shoes was fake, cited 10 suspicious factors in negative, including length, odd color balance, shift in tonal quality, shaded edge on negative, apparent retouching and red reflection on shoe sole; said disclosure of 30 new photos showing Simpson in same shoes didn’t change opinion at first glance; wasn’t given chance to analyze them.
Dec. 20, 1996:
FREDRIC RIEDERS, founder of National Medical Services laboratory in Willow Grove, Pa.: Detected EDTA, chemical used by laboratories to preserve blood samples, on samples from sock and back gate.
Jan. 8, 1997:
DENNIS FUNG: Shown photo of left glove while holding evidence glove in hands, couldn’t explain why nick in ring finger visible in photo but not in real thing; remembered stone or piece of debris embedded in glove and damage over fourth finger knuckle.
JIM MERRILL, Hertz Corp. employee: (RT) Greeted Simpson in Chicago; Simpson carried garment and duffel bags; Simpson was cordial, happy while giving autographs as he waited for golf bag at carousel; Simpson left golf bag in car trunk while checking into hotel; saw no cut on Simpson’s left hand; few hours later Simpson was frantic, desperate and crying in three calls, told Merrill he had to return to airport.
RAYMOND KILDUFF, Hertz vice president: (RT) Gave Simpson ride to airport; noticed loose, bloody bandage on Simpson’s finger.
MARK PARTRIDGE: (RT) Sat next to Simpson on return flight; Simpson was upset, sighing heavily; made several telephone calls, visited restroom several times; had cut on finger, wrapped in piece of towel; Simpson said ``he was being blamed for Nicole’s death.″
Jan. 9. 1997:
HENRY LEE, director of Connecticut State Forensics Science Laboratory: (VT) Found trail of seven blood drops leading away from killing scene but these drops and blood on Ms. Simpson’s back never collected for analysis by police chemists who made ``terrible″ errors handling evidence; complained about LAPD treatment _ given ``piece of junk″ microscope, then just 20 minutes for examination; never meant to suggest police planted evidence to frame O.J. Simpson.
Jan. 10, Jan. 13, 1997
O.J. SIMPSON: Never struck Ms. Simpson _ if he had, she would have been injured more seriously; talked about childhood in projects, school years as athlete, Heisman Trophy and professional career with Buffalo Bills; had loving relationship with Ms. Simpson _ they separated because she’d lived with him since age 18 and needed free time; her behavior became erratic after separation and she joined crowd he didn’t like; she pursued him relentlessly but reconciliation never worked; didn’t kill ex-wife and leave body where children could find it; insisted never owned pair of Bruno Magli shoes; said letter written but never sent by ex-wife, accusing him of beatings, was pre-divorce ploy to get him to tear up prenuptial agreement; was unfaithful from time to time and had one-year affair with actress Tawny Kitaen; didn’t consider cheating on wife a lie but was ``morally wrong″; ashamed he contemplated suicide during chase.
Jan. 14, 1997:
ARNELLE SIMPSON: Simpson’s daughter; shocked, upset, scared by killings; father repeatedly asked what going on in telephone calls from Chicago; detectives wrong about how they got into house and what they told her before they talked to Simpson.
PLAINTIFFS’ REBUTTAL WITNESSES:
Jan. 14, 1997:
E.J. FLAMMER, free-lance photographer: Took 30 pictures of Simpson on Sept. 26, 1993, at Buffalo Bills-Miami Dolphins game; photos to promote 20th anniversary of Simpson’s 2,003-yard rushing season; found pictures recently in basement darkroom and gave to plaintiffs; hired lawyer and agent and sold pictures to TV networks.
GERALD RICHARDS, former FBI photo analyst: Refuted Groden’s claims that Scull picture was phony _ photo not altered in any way; blue lines on negative were scratches from camera mechanism, frame not larger than other negatives, reddish tint was reflection of red football field, false edge on negative was start of film roll.
Jan. 15, 1997
RICHARDS (continuing): Scull photo ``100 percent not a fake″; backlighting created halo effect around shoes; in photo of crime-scene glove, what looked like hole was optical illusion created by debris.
GREGORY MATHESON, crime lab supervisor: Debris marred glove in picture; blood on glove matched Goldman’s; Bronco console was smeared with blood in Sept. 1, 1994, photos, but appeared clean in pictures three weeks later.
DENNIS FUNG: Recanted testimony about hole in glove; no longer believes evidence glove different from one he collected near bodies; denied he was pressured to change story.
RICHARD FOX, private criminalist: Rebutted defense experts about microscopic balls of blood inside sock; blood could have transferred during testing or when wearer took socks off; defense theory that blood was smeared on sock in lab unlikely.
Jan. 16, 1997
BRAD POPOVICH, chemical molecular geneticist: No evidence of contamination in DNA samples; results accurate, reliable; was paid $30,000 by criminal trial prosecutors but never called to testify.
GERALD RICHARDS (recalled): Flammer’s 30 photos authentic, no signs of alteration or substitution of negatives; someone with motivation, time, equipment, money and talent could fake pictures.
WILLIAM BODZIAK: Shoes seen on Simpson’s feet in Flammer’s pictures are Lorenzo-style Bruno Maglis.