Expert: Shoe Prints Found At Crime Scene Were Rare from Rare Brand
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Bloody shoe prints in the O.J. Simpson case were left by shoes so unusual that the design couldn’t be found in the records of the FBI and seven international law enforcement agencies, an FBI expert testified today.
William J. Bodziak, an FBI special agent, finally located a shoe that appeared to match the prints after a global search that included sending up to 80 letters to manufacturers and a visit to an Italian shoe sole company.
Authorities have said the shoe prints at the crime scene leading away from the bloody bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman matched an Italian Bruno Magli shoe.
Bodziak said this shoe is not in the FBI’s computer database, which includes records back to 1937. Of international police agencies, only the National Police Agency in Tokyo had that shoe.
In his investigation Bodziak inspected two shoes by Bruno Magli, the Lorenzo and the Lyon, waffle-soled casual shoes that sold for $160 a pair.
Bodziak also visited the Silga shoe sole company in Italy.
Meanwhile, prosecutors indicated they would try to regain the upper hand in the issue of bloody gloves which Simpson struggled to put on during a demonstration in front of jurors last week.
Prosecutor Christopher Darden revealed in a sidebar conversation held last week that authorities have seized additional gloves from Simpson’s house and ``we will get into this later,″ according to a transcript released today.
``We have gotten gloves out of O.J.’s master bedroom and out of his drawer and they are all extra large, some are actually large,″ Darden said in the sidebar.
The size of gloves became an issue in the case when Simpson struggled to put on a pair of size extra large gloves that police found, one at the scene of the double murder and the other on a path at Simpson’s home.
Prosecutors said the gloves had shrunk. The defense suggested Simpson wears size extra-extra large and there was no way the evidence gloves ever would have fit.
Upon hearing that authorities had obtained gloves from Simpson’s house, defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr. said sarcastically, ``I love when you guys get into stuff.″
Outside the jury’s presence, the defense argued successfully for more time to investigate new allegations of domestic violence, from a baby sitter for Ms. Simpson and a personal trainer who allegedly saw an incident of violence while visiting a Simpson neighbor. The judge scheduled a hearing on the subject for Wednesday. The allegations weren’t among those approved by the judge earlier this year.
The scheduling of the hearing Wednesday doesn’t affect plans to have testimony from two other witnesses on alleged domestic violence, both limousine drivers.
The shift back to the stormy relationship Simpson had with his ex-wife is an attempt to change the trial’s mood, said Loyola University law professor Laurie Levenson.
``They want to remind jurors why they think O.J. could be guilty of this brutal crime,″ she said.
But prosecutors must work carefully in revisiting this sensitive area, analysts said.
``There’s now a feeling that there’s a lot of (domestic) violence out there but they don’t necessarily all kill their spouses,″ said Harland Braun, a prominent Los Angeles defense attorney and former prosecutor.
Among the witnesses expected to testify this week is Alfred Acosta, a chauffeur who has said that in the late 1980s he picked up the Simpsons from a Beverly Hills nightclub and saw Simpson hit Ms. Simpson in the face.
Another limo driver, Albert Aguilera, was expected to testify that he saw Simpson strike his wife and knock her to the ground at Victoria Beach in 1987.
Ms. Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman were slashed to death June 12, 1994, their blood-soaked bodies found outside Ms. Simpson’s Brentwood condominium.