The Plaintiffs' Witnesses in the Civil Trial

Source: MSNBC

The following people have testified on behalf of the plaintiffs' case in the O.J. Simpson civil trial:

FRIDAY, Oct. 25

Karen Crawford, Mezzaluna bartender

Crawford described Nicole Brown Simpson's last dinner and said she found Juditha Brown's eyeglasses. Crawford took the call from Nicole Simpson's mother about lost glasses and then a call from Nicole, who asked to speak to Ron Goldman. During the criminal trial, Crawford wept when a prosecutor showed her a white shirt and black pants Goldman wore the night he died.

Stewart Tanner, employee at Mezzaluna bar

Tanner had made plans to go out with Ron Goldman after he was to return from dropping off the glasses at Nicole's condominium. He described Goldman's last hours and said Goldman was not dating Nicole Simpson, as the defense contended in opening statements.

Robert Heidstra, walking dogs at time of murders

Heidstra lives on Dorothy Street near Bundy Drive. He walked his two dogs at 10:15 p.m. the evening of the murders and says he heard Nicole's dog barking around 10:35 p.m. At around 10:40 p.m., he said he heard a young male adult voice say "hey, hey, hey" and then heard another voice talking fast. He said his dogs were barking too loud for him to hear what the other voice was saying. He said it "sounded like an argument between two male voices." He says the 11 p.m. news was just starting as he returned home. Heidstra says he saw a white sports utility vehicle speed away from Bundy Drive.

Louis Karpf, boyfriend of neighbor

Karpf, the boyfriend of Nicole Simpson's next-door neighbor, told of returning from a trip and seeing her agitated dog running loose about 10:50 p.m. He went inside without further investigation.

Steven Schwab, Bundy neighbor

The dog walker who approached Nicole Simpson's wandering Akita, Schwab says he saw blood on his paws and took him home. He said it was 10:55 p.m., establishing the time by his favorite TV shows. Schwab was not cross-examined. He reiterated his testimony from the criminal trial, in which he said he found Nicole Simpson's dog at 10:55 p.m. with blood on one of its hind legs. Schwab turned over the dog to his neighbor, Sukru Boztepe, at about 11:50 p.m., June 12, 1994. At 5 a.m. the next morning, detectives asked him several questions about the night before.

Sukru Boztepe, discovered the bodies

Schwab's neighbor took the Akita for a walk and was led to Nicole Simpson's condo where, he said, "I saw a lady laying down full of blood." He had a neighbor call police. On cross-examination, he was asked how many police officers he saw enter the crime scene. He said two officers initially entered the scene. More officers arrived later, he said, but the dim lights didn't let him see how far down the path toward the crime scene they actually got. Boztepe said he saw Nicole lying on the floor, but saw no one else. He determined she was dead because the dog, which had led him to the sidewalk in front of the condo, had blood on its paws and had been found hours earlier.

MONDAY, Oct. 28

Robert Riske, first officer to visit crime scene

Riske is the Los Angeles Police Department officer who was first on the scene at Bundy Drive and found the bodies. He says he saw only one blood drop on the front door and no other drops anywhere between the bodies and door. On cross-examination at the civil trial, Riske told the court he advised his watch commander June 13, 1994, that he believed O.J. Simpson was somehow involved.

Michael Terrazas, Robert Riske's partner

Terrazas testified that he never saw a second glove at the crime scene and that he spotted one drop of blood (which he described as bright red and moist) and some change near a black Jeep while standing guard at the back of the condo. His shoe print was photographed to compare with the bloody prints at the crime scene. Terrazas did not testify in the criminal trial.

David Rossi, watch commander, West L.A. division

Rossi is a veteran Los Angeles Police Department sergeant who supervised Officer Robert Riske on the night of the slayings. He contradicted Robert Riske's testimony earlier Monday by saying that Riske never told him that he thought O.J. Simpson may have been involved in the crime. Rossi also testified Detectives Phillips and Fuhrman, he understood, had authority over the crime scene.

TUESDAY, Oct. 29

Donald Thompson, officer in charge of protecting O.J. Simpson's estate

Thompson testified he saw blood droplets inside the white Bronco and on the street and driveway at Rockingham. There is no doubt in his mind, he said, that it was blood he saw. Detective Mark Fuhrman pointed out one of those droplets to him. Thompson also said he did not see anyone open the door to the white Bronco, enter the Bronco or spill blood inside the Bronco. "I'm absolutely sure it was secure," he said.

Ronald Phillips, Mark Fuhrman's partner

Phillips, a West Los Angeles division detective, said under cross-examination in the criminal trial that police went to Simpson's estate after the murders to offer him a ride to pick up his children at the police station - not, as defense claimed, because he was a big-name suspect. He called Simpson in Chicago, telling him his ex-wife had been killed. He acknowledged under cross-examination that Simpson asked "What do you mean she's been killed?" when told of his ex-wife's death.

THURSDAY, Oct. 31 and FRIDAY, Nov. 1

Tom Lange, one of two lead detectives

Lange, who retired after the Simpson murder trial, spoke in a slow monotone and used cold, technical description for the repulsive scenes, when jurors were shown close-ups of the victims' bodies. He methodically detailed the location of blood drops and shoe prints. Lange also was used to introduce two key pieces of crime-scene evidence, a left-hand leather glove and a dark-blue knit cap. Lange identified the items, which were sealed in plastic bags. During a blistering cross-examination, Simpson's attorney cited what he said were conflicts in accounts Lange gave at the criminal trial, in his written reports and his testimony, implying that both the glove and the cap found at the crime scene could have been planted.

FRIDAY, Nov. 1

Detective Phillip Vannatter, lead investigator

Under direct examination, Vannatter gave a step-by-step detail of the location of the blood vile containing O.J. Simpson's blood. According to Vannatter, he "kept control of the envelope" which was sealed and remained on Vannatter's desk until he took it to Rockingham to give to Dennis Fung.

MONDAY, Nov. 4

Dennis Fung, criminalist

Fung testified he never collected blood stains from a back gate of Ms. Simpson's condominium because he didn't see any. In a relentless cross-examination of criminalist Dennis Fung, attorney Robert Blasier also added a new photograph to bolster complaints about the handling of evidence aired at Simpson's criminal trial.

Gregory Matheson, forensic chemist

Matheson testified the socks found in Simpson's bedroom were so dark he wouldn't have seen blood stains because blood is also very dark when it dries. In the first trial, the defense suggested the socks were pristine when taken to the laboratory, then contaminated with blood from Simpson and his slain ex-wife while they were in the laboratory.

Bernie Douroux, impounded Bronco

Bernie Douroux, who impounded O.J. Simpson's white Ford Bronco on behalf of the Los Angeles Police Department, did not actually testify in court in the civil trial. Instead, the plaintiffs played a videotape of his testimony from the criminal trial.


Dennis Fung, criminalist

Fung spent much of Tuesday being cross- examined. He said the bodies of Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson were in the process of being moved when he arrived at the crime scene. Fung told jurors how he collected blood from the back gate, but conceded there were other blood drops which he did not collect. He said it was difficult to collect bloodstains from the Bronco. Fung said he found no shoeprints or blood on the stairway, hallway or doorknobs at Simpson's home. He did find blood in the foyer area, on a pair of socks in the master bedroom and on the bathroom floor.

Susan Brockbank, police criminalist

Brockbank, a criminalist in the trace analysis laboratory, told jurors that she collected hair from the blue knit cap found at the crime scene, as well as from the bloody glove and the victims' clothing. She also removed trace evidence from items found in Simpson's Bronco.

Brenda Vemich, Bloomingdales

A videotape of Vemich's deposition was played for the jury. In the tape, she testified about selling two pairs of gloves, size extra large, to Nicole Brown Simpson in 1990 at a Bloomingdales department store in New York City.


Michael Romano, professional freelance photographer

Romano testified he took a picture of Simpson wearing black gloves in a media room in Buffalo on Jan. 15, 1994. Romano sold the picture to the National Inquirer. He was the only photography witness to appear in person at the civil trial.

Mark Krueger, amateur photographer

The court re-enacted testimony using first-trial transcript. Krueger took a photo of Simpson, wearing gloves, December 1990 at Soldier Field in Chicago where he was taking pictures for his stepfather's newspaper.

Bill Renken, professional photographer

The court re-enacted testimony using first-trial transcript. Renken owns a custom photo lab in Cincinnati. He took pictures of Simpson, wearing gloves, while working as an NBC commentator at a Jan. 6, 1991, football game at Riverfront Stadium. Renken said he couldn't tell if Simpson had a heat pack in his palm.

Kevin J. Schott, photography teacher

The court re-enacted testimony using first-trial transcript. Schott is from Orchard Park, N.Y. He took pictures of Simpson, wearing gloves, Nov. 21, 1993, in Buffalo. Schott said he did not try to sell his picture to the television show "Inside Edition." He testified he didn't know if his attorney tried to sell the picture.

Richard Rubin, former vice president general manager of the glovemaker Aris Isotoner

Rubin appeared in person at the civil trial. He worked at Aris Isotoner from 1976 to 1990. He testified he was certain the uniquely styled gloves Simpson wore during a 1991 football broadcast were the same type as those linked to the killings, but he couldn't be sure if they were the same shade of brown. Rubin said the gloves Simpson tried on during the infamous demonstration in the first trial did fit, although they fit poorly. He also said the gloves were definitely from the same pair. Rubin said the first signs of wear in Aris Lights are usually seen in the lining, and the evidence gloves showed little wear. So the person who used them fit them well or only used them for a short time.

Harry Scull, photographer

The court provided videotaped and re-enacted testimony. Scull testified on videotape that he took a head-to-toe picture of Simpson in September 1993. The plaintiffs contend that the picture shows Simpson wearing the same kind of rare Bruno Magli shoes as those that left bloody prints near the bodies. The cross-examination of Scull, conducted in a New York session last July, was re-enacted, with the defense attorney's son playing Scull.


Park Dietz, forensic psychiatrist

Dietz testified to his expertise in the area of forensic psychiatry citing his association with the FBI Profiling unit and his extensive training and teaching experience at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. In regard to Simpson, Dietz said he could safely conclude that Simpson would have continued to abuse Nicole Simpson, but that he would not necessarily have killed her.

Dr. Robert Huizenga, physician

Huizenga described the cuts and lacerations he observed on Simpson's hands, referring to diagrams he had made after the examinations. He said that the first examination took place in his office and the second took place at the home of Robert Kardashian where Dr. Henry Lee, Michael Baden and "lots of lawyers" were present.

Kenneth Berris, Chicago police officer

Testimony was read from the transcript of a taped deposition. The excerpts read pertained to Berris' examination of room 915 at the O'Hare Plaza Hotel where Simpson stayed June 12 to 13, 1994. Berris testified that he observed what he believed to be "suspect blood" on the bedding. He also observed a ball-point pen in the bed.

FRIDAY, Nov. 8

Werner Spitz, scene reproduction specialist and pathologist

Dr. Spitz testified that Nicole Brown Simpson died as a result of loss of blood coming form a large wound to the neck. He said that the wound to the neck was the terminal event of the entire scenario and that the altercation would have lasted less than 15 seconds from first to last wound. Spitz, a nationally renowned pathologist, has reviewed the assassination of President Kennedy for the House Assassinations Committee, several serial murder cases in Los Angeles and New York and the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who drowned in 1969 after a car driven by Sen. Edward Kennedy plunged off the Chappaquiddick Bridge. Legal analysts said the addition of Spitz at $300 an hour for some 100 hours of work means the plaintiffs have deep pockets and are confident they are going to be successful.

TUESDAY, Nov. 12 and WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13

Doug Deedrick, special agent for FBI

Deedrick testified that hair analysis can never absolutely identify an individual, but that under microscopic analysis, hairs can be said to be consistent with coming from the same individual. Deedrick said hair from Nicole Brown Simpson's head appeared to have been forcibly removed, "cut, broken and torn out." He identified hair of her type and of Ron Goldman's type on the glove found at O.J. Simpson's estate.

Deedrick testified that when compared to a sample of O.J. Simpson's hair, the hair found on Ron Goldman's shirt had the same microscopic characteristics. He also testified that 12 head hairs found inside the knit cap discovered at the crime scene were consistent with the characteristics of Simpson's hair. When asked if the 12 matches from the hat were more significant than a single match, Deedrick said yes, that in effect they provide 12 individual associations.

Deedrick testified that the blue/black cotton fibers found on Ron Goldman's shirt matched fibers found on O.J. Simpsong's socks. He said the fibers were unusual because of their "banded" coloration. The criminalist said cashmere fibers which were removed from the knit hat found at the crime scene matched with fibers from the gloves and could have originated from the lining of the gloves. Deedrick said he examined fibers from the Ford Bronco carpet and found they matched fibers found on the glove discovered at Simpson's house and on the hat found at the crime scene.

On cross examination, the defense pointed out that Deedrick had said the hair and fiber found on various pieces of evidence "could" have come from the same source, emphasizing that he was not making a positive identification. The defense also noted that Simpson had visited his former wife Nicole's residence on numerous occasions and that the fibers on the glove and hat could have been there before the crime took place.

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 13 and THURSDAY, Nov. 14

Dr. Robin Cotton, Cellmark Diagnostics

In her direct examination, Dr. Cotton said the bloodstains on O.J. Simpson's socks were consistent with the blood of Nicole Brown Simpson. She also told jurors that Simpson's blood contained the same genetic markers as those found in droplets of blood leading from the bodies. On cross examination, she conceded that test methods which amplify sample material can also magnify contaminants. She also said she had no idea how the blood got on Simpson9's socks. Cotton admitted that her conclusion that Simpson's DNA markers occur in only 1-in-170-million people was based on tests of only 200 individuals, and that there were only two blacks in her sample.


Renee Montgomery, criminalist

Montgomery testified that the blood trail at the crime scene and the blood on the rear gate were consistent with O.J. Simpson's blood type. Tests on areas of the glove where blood was collected showed that two bloodstains could not have been Simpson's blood, but could be that of Goldman or Nicole Brown Simpson. A third stain could have been from any of the three. On cross examination, the defense implied that the test interpretation was subjective and relied on terms such as hint and trace which had no objective standard based in science or numbers. The defense also noted that the testing method could create "artifacts" which could affect the test results.

THURSDAY, Nov. 14 and FRIDAY, Nov. 15

Gary Sims, criminalist

His testimony on bloodstains was similar to that of Renee Montgomery, but focused on the DQ Alpha DNA test. He testified that the socks found at Simpson's residence contained many small blood drops not visible to the eye. He conducted a DQ alpha test which resulted in what he said was a match to the blood of Nicole Brown Simpson. Sims called such a match "very significant" and said there was only a one-in-7.7-billion to one-in-41-billion chance it was anyone else's blood. Sims said there was a one-in-57-billion to one-in-150-billion chance that someone's blood other than Simpson's was on the back gate of Nicole Brown Simpson's condominium.

On cross examination, defense attorney Robert Blasier turned Sims into a defense expert and sought to use him to undermine some of the most compelling testimony from an earlier DNA witness, Robin Cotton. Sims cast some doubt on Cotton's conclusion that DNA tests likely ruled out the possibility that Nicole Brown Simpson's blood was planted on socks found in Simpson's bedroom. Cotton had said the different quality of DNA in the sock blood and the reference sample taken from Ms. Simpson's body suggested the reference sample could not be the source of the sock blood. But Sims testified that blood from the same test tube could show different qualities of DNA at different times, depending on how the blood was stored, processed and tested.

MONDAY, Nov. 18

Collin Yamauchi, criminalist

Yamauchi is best remembered from the criminal trial for his extensive cross examination by Barry Scheck in which Scheck tried to show that Yamauchi had mishandled evidence. Scheck alleged that the criminalist did not change gloves before handling different pieces of evidence, failed to accurately document blood tests and did not follow proper procedures in general. At one point, Yamauchi conceded that he did not notice four bloodstains on a pair of socks found in Simpson's home. The defense team argued that Yamauchi didn't see the blood because it was later planted by police.

John Edwards, police detective

Edwards answered the 1989 call to the Simpson residence where Nicole Brown Simpson alleged that her husband had struck her. He told jurors that when he arrived at the scene, Nicole Brown Simpson ran from some bushes, yelling, "He's going to kill me, he's going to kill me."

Sharyn Gilbert, 911 dispatcher

Her testimony described how she handled a 911 call from the Rockingham residence Jan. 1, 1989. She did not actually speak to anyone on the phone, but heard the sound of a flesh to flesh slap and then the sound of a woman screaming. She then updated her original incident code from 900 (unknown trouble) to 930w (woman screaming). She noted in her report that it sounded like a woman being beaten at the location. Cross examination was very brief. The defense only asked for a clarification of the audio of the 911 call which was replayed in court.

Mark Day, security guard

Day testified to his response to a disturbance at the Rockingham estate in 1984 or 1985. He noted that Nicole Brown came running out of the house to meet him. He said he saw a Mercedes automobile with a dented hood and a baseball bat. He described O.J. Simpson's demeanor as "quiet and demure." He said that he was just keeping the peace until police officers could arrive.

MONDAY, Nov. 18 and TUESDAY, Nov. 19

Robert Lerner, police officer

Lerner testified he responded to a 911 call to 325 South Gretna Green on Oct. 25, 1993. When he arrived at Gretna Green, he observed a Ford Bronco parked in front of the residence about four to six feet from the curb with the headlights still on. He said Nicole Brown Simpson led him in and directed him to the rear of the house where O.J. Simpson and Kato Kaelin were. He said that Simpson was yelling and pacing - gesturing with his hands. Lerner said he tried to calm Simpson down.

Lerner said his partner, Sgt. Craig Lalley, arrived on the scene and they had a conversation with Simpson, but were not aware that Lalley had secretly recorded the conversation. Lerner said he was not aware of the tape until two days before the criminal trial.

TUESDAY, Nov. 19

Kato Kaelin, O.J. Simpson's house guest

Kaelin testified that the thumps he heard the night of the murders sounded like "someone falling back behind my bedroom wall." Kaelin also testified that the day after the murders, Simpson said to him, "you saw me go into the house" after the two had returned to the Simpson estate from a visit to a McDonald's the previous night. The suggestion left with the jurors was that Simpson was seeking to establish an alibi for the time of the murders.

Michael Stevens

Stevens' entire testimony lasted about seven minutes. He stated that he opened the safety deposit box in the presence of bank representatives and removed two photographs, newspaper clippings about Simpson, including the January 1989 article about spousal abuse, and a sealed envelope which contained Nicole Brown Simpson's will.

THURSDAY, Nov. 21 and WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20

Bill Bodziak, FBI agent

Bodziak testified that a photo taken of O.J. Simpson in 1993 shows Simpson wearing the exact same kind of rare Italian shoes as those that left bloody imprints near the two slashed bodies. Bodziak pointed to 18 areas on what he identified as the Bruno Magli Lorenzo shoes, from the stitching to the soles, to make the comparison. During Simpson's civil trial deposition, he denied ever wearing this model of shoe.

Allan Park, limousine driver

The plaintiffs used Park's testimony to establish a timeline. He testified using cellular phone records to describe his time with O.J. Simpson late June 12, 1994. He said he arrived at the estate at 10:22 p.m. and left with Simpson at 11:15 p.m. Simpson didn't appear to be home until he came out of the house at 11:05 p.m., Park said. The limousine driver described a shadowy black man going from the driveway to the house and an aborted trip to the back of the estate to look for a possible prowler.

FRIDAY, Nov. 22

O.J. Simpson, defendant

In the most defining moment of the trial, Simpson took the stand Friday and said he didn't commit the double murder. He also denied hitting his ex-wife but when shown photos of her bruised face, he said he was responsible for her injuries. He said he "imposed his physical will" on her by shoving her around and wrestling with her. After an intense, electrifying day, both sides claimed victory.

MONDAY, Nov. 25

O.J. Simpson, defendant

Simpson said he couldn't explain how he got cuts on his hand and he didn't know how his blood, and that of victims Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson, came to be in his Bronco or how his blood, and that of ex-wife, got on a pair of his socks. He denied owning shoes matching those linked to the killings and said a picture of him wearing what appear to be such shoes "is a fraud."

Later, Simpson's testimony varied from previous statements he had made under oath. He said he didn't have any fingernail gouges from the victims, but he might have cut himself while "rassling" with his small son. In response to Petrocelli's questions, Simpson said he was hooked up to a polygraph at a private office to see how the device worked but never took an actual lie detector test. He said he offered to take a polygraph test for police but said they never pursued it. Daniel Petrocelli then stated that Simpson scored a negative 22 on the test, which the plaintiffs attorney said indicates "extreme deception."

TUESDAY, Nov. 26

O.J. Simpson, defendant

Two lawyers for the plaintiffs subjected Simpson to a brief round of questioning in which he again denied killing Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Defense attorney Robert Baker then announced a surprise decision: he would not question his client, at least for now: "I'm sorry, your honor, I've changed my mind," Baker said. "I will put Mr. Simpson on, and put on his side, in our case in December." With no other witnesses ready to take the stand, court recessed until Tuesday, Dec. 3.


Al Cowlings, lifelong Simpson friend

Cowlings and Simpson played football together in college and in the National Football League. He was driving Simpson's Bronco during the 60-mile freeway chase. He testified that he drove Nicole Brown Simpson to the hospital after the New Year's Eve incident. He said Nicole told him that O.J. Simpson had struck her.

Jackie Cooper, Simpson friend

Cooper went to Palm Springs on Memorial Day weekend with Simpson and his girlfriend Paula Barbieri. He testified Simpson seemed obsessed about the end of his marriage to Nicole. He said Simpson also told him Paula left the trip early because she was upset about Nicole.

Charles Cale, Simpson neighbor

Cale testified he did not see Simpson's Ford Bronco parked outside the estate between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. as he walked his dog. He saw the Bronco the next morning parked at an angle.

India Allen, alleged abuse witness

Worked at a veterinarian's office. Says she witnessed a domestic violence incident outside the office.

Albert Aguillera, alleged abuse witness

Aguillera said he was at Virginia Beach in 1987 and saw Simpson knock Nicole to the ground.

Donna Estes, Simpson friend

Estes is a friend of both O.J. Simpson and Nicole Brown Simpson. After their divorce, Simpson told Estes that he was still in love with Nicole, but that she was only interested in wearing short skirts and going out dancing.

Craig Baumgarten, Simpson golfing buddy

Baumgarten was with Simpson the morning of the murders. They engaged in a verbal fight on the golf course.


Paula Barbieri, Simpson's former girlfriend

Barbieri is a model who dated Simpson prior to the murders. Barbieri left telephone messages for Simpson ending their relationship the day of the murders. Simpson claims he never collected those messages. But in her deposition, which was read into evidence, Barbieri claimed she had three messages from Simpson indicating that he had listened to her message.

Ron Fischman, friend of Nicole and O.J. Simpson

Fischman is a chiropractor and ex-husband of Cora Fischman, a friend of Nicole Brown Simpson. He videotaped Simpson and his daughter Sydney at a dance recital just hours before the murders. Fischman also prescribed the bottle of anti-anxiety medication Xanax found in Simpson's bag after the Bronco chase. In his testimony, Fischman described instances in which Simpson had called him at his home looking for Nicole. He testified that Simpson was having difficulty communicating with Nicole and said she was abrupt and short with him. He said Simpson was frustrated and confused and felt Nicole was rejecting him. Fischman was at the dance recital the day of the murders. He said he saw O.J. Simpson sitting next to Nicole Brown Simpson at some point, but that he did not see them smile or look at each other.

Fischman said he later spoke with Simpson in the lobby and that Simpson appeared tired and subdued. He said he had never seen him that way before. On cross examination, Fischman said Simpson may have been frustrated with his former wife because she was acting erratically. He said Nicole Brown Simpson never mentioned that her former husband was stalking or threatening her or that she was afraid of him. He added that he was not in a good position to observe Simpson and Nicole during the dance recital.

Frank Olson, chairman of Hertz

In Olson's videotaped testimony, which was played in court, he said he had a conversation with Simpson on May 16, 1994, in which Simpson told him the relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson was over. He testified that Simpson did not seem terribly distressed, but was not his usual outgoing, effusive self. Olson said Simpson seemed to want to "get away from it all" and mentioned possibly moving to New York.

Josephine Guarin, Simpson's former houskeeper

"Gigi" testified that at one point she saw a disguise kit on Simpson's desk, but she did not remember when she saw it last. On the day of the murders, she went to Knott's Berry Farm to celebrate Philippine Independence Day. She said she later called and asked Simpson if it would be OK to stay later and he said she could. She also said she did not have any specific instructions in regard to Simpson's dog, Chachi, and that the dog did not normally leave the property. Simpson said he delayed opening a gate for a limo driver because he feared the dog would get out.

On cross examination, Guarin testified that Simpson was always late, always rushing and did everything at the last minute.

Dale St. John, limousine driver
St. John testified that he has picked Simpson up over 100 times in more than three years. He said Simpson had always been at home when he arrived. He said he usually pulled up to Ashford and backed in the gate. He said he would then buzz the intercom and that someone would always answer. But he added that normally the housekeeper would answer the phone. Dale testified that he never saw Simpson's dog, Chachi, leave the property.

Leslie Gardiner, Playboy video wardrobe person

Gardner testified that she collected Simpson's wardrobe for the video, which included a sweatsuit, sports clothing and shoes. She said he requested a DKNY cashmere sweatsuit because he had had one previously. Gardner told jurors the clothing was black and gray. Plaintiffs' attorneys presented several photos showing Simpson wearing the sweatsuit. She said after the video was completed, Simpson kept the clothing, which she said would be common practice.

Nancy Ney, battered women's shelter therapist

Nancy Ney told jurors she worked at Sojourn House, a private battered woman's shelter and was working the 24-hour hotline on June 7, 1994. She said she got a call at 11 a.m. from a woman who identified herself as "Nicole" who said she was 34, divorced, and had two children, a boy and a girl. She said she lived in West Los Angeles and that her husband was a high-profile figure who Ney would recognize if she heard his name. Ney testified she had listened to the 911 call Nicole Brown Simpson made to police and that the voice of the woman with whom she spoke was consistent with that voice.

Ney said "Nicole" told her she was frightened and that her former husband was stalking her, following her to restaurants and markets, and in his car. She said "Nicole" told her her former husband had beaten her and told her that if he caught her with another man, he would kill her. Ney testified she and "Nicole" discussed whether she should move back in with her husband, since she felt that might be safer, but in the end they decided it would be better if she did not move back in. Ney said "Nicole" promised to call back the following week, but never did.

Randy Petee, private investigator who timed the Bundy Dr. to Rockingham Dr. drive

Petee drove to and from Simpson's mansion and his ex-wife's condominium by various routes. He said the times ranged from 6 minutes and 37 seconds at the speed limit to 4 minutes and 2 seconds, breaking the speed limit. The plaintiffs prefer a short drive-time to show that Simpson had time to commit the murders and get home for a waiting limousine.


Mark Partridge, passenger of Simpson's return flight from Chicago

Partridge is a Chicago trademark and copyright attorney who spoke to Simpson on the return flight from Chicago to Los Angeles the day after the murders. He testified that Simpson told him Nicole and another person had been killed and that it was a crime.

Lenore Walker, "battered woman syndrome" expert

Doctor who wrote book defining "battered woman's syndrome." Walker testified she interviewed Simpson and believed he "did not suffer from any kind of anti-social personality disorder."

Raymond Kilduff, Hertz employee in Chicago

Kilduff was responsible for the annual golf tournament in which Simpson was planning to participate. Kilduff testified Simpson had a black duffel bag. Kilduff said he was able to look inside the bag when Simpson opened it. He said the bag appeared relatively empty save for a few items on the bottom. Kilduff also testified Simpson appeared frantic and emotional during the ride to the airport and that Simpson brought up the issue of getting the golf bag back. Kilduff said Simpson kept saying "this is bad." Simpson did not tell him what had happened, but repeated that he would hear about it on the news.

James Merrill, Hertz employee in Chicago

Merrill is a sales representative who met Simpson at the airport a few hours after the murders and drove him to the O'Hare Plaza Howard Johnson. During the ride from the airport to the hotel, Merrill testified Simpson talked about his former wife Nicole. Merrill had asked him why he took the late flight out and Simpson said he had to go to the dance recital and that Nicole was on him for not spending time with the kids. Merrill also testified that Simpson called him three times the morning of their scheduled golf tournament. Simpson also called him once when he was back in Los Angeles on June 14. Simpson inquired about his golf clubs. Merrill gave him the claim number. Merrill testified that Simpson became personal with him. Simpson told Merrill that he loved Nicole, that she was the mother of his children and that they were divorced. Merrill said he did not know Nicole and had never heard of her prior to meeting Simpson.

FRIDAY, Dec. 6

Sharon Rufo, mother of victim Ron Goldman

Rufo testified about the number of times she telephoned her son. She said he called her at the end of 1992 but that her husband answered the phone and told Ron not to call. She said she grabbed the phone and spoke to him. Ron Goldman told her about his appearance on the television show "Studs."

Bruce Weir, DNA statistics expert

Weir is a professor of statistics and genetics at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a population DNA expert. He testified that the DNA found on the glove is likely to be Simpson's but he admitted making an error in calculating the probability.

Juditha Brown, mother of victim Nicole Brown Simpson

Juditha Brown is also suing O.J. Simpson for the custody of Justin and Sydney, the two children he had with Nicole Brown Simpson. In the civil trial, she testified that at the wake for Nicole Brown Simpson, O.J. Simpson kissed his former wife's corpse on the lips and said, "I'm so sorry Nic, I'm so sorry Nic." Juditha said that she followed him outside where she confronted him. She asked him, "do you have anything to do with this?" Simpson replied only "I loved your daughter."

On cross-examination Juditha denied that she and Simpson spoke about Nicole's alleged erratic behavior in April/May '94, and denied that she thought that Nicole had been acting erratically. When defense attorneys asked if Juditha Brown disliked Simpson, she answered that she disliked him now. When asked why she kissed him at a dance recital the day of the murders, she replied that one can kiss angry people.

Robert Kardashian, Simpson's friend

Kardashian testified that he did not recall any conversation with Simpson on the ride to the airport to collect his golf clubs. He said that Simpson did not talk about playing golf, or why he needed the clubs. He said he did not talk about Nicole. "I just don't remember," Kardashian said. Kardashian was asked if he thought that it was an odd request that someone whose wife had been killed only 36 hours before would ask to go to the airport to pick up a golf bag. He responded "yes."

Leroy "Skip" Taft, Simpson's business attorney

Taft sparred with plaintiffs attorney Petrocelli over discrepancies between his deposition, where he said he saw two cuts on Simpson's hand, and his testimony at trial, where he said he rememberd only one. "As I sit here today I recall one cut," he told Petrocelli.

MONDAY, Dec. 9

Fred Goldman, father of victim Ron Goldman

Fred Goldman attended almost every day of the criminal trial. He is one of four plaintiffs filing a civil suit against Simpson. Testifying in the wrongful death suit against Simpson, Fred Goldman described his son's up-and-down years with school problems and numerous jobs, finally finding his own way in the world shortly before his murder by drafting plans to open his own restaurant.

"Mr. Goldman, did you love your son?" asked lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, who represents Goldman. "Oh, God, yes," Goldman testified through tears that he dabbed with a white tissue. The testimony for the plaintiffs ended with a videotape taken at a bat mitzvah for Ron Goldman's stepsister in November 1993. During cross-examination Baker asked Goldman if he has become friends with Detectives Philip Vannatter and Tom Lange. Goldman responded that he would not consider them friends. The judge interjected and warned Baker that if he continued in that line of questioning he would not be allowed to call Goldman as a direct witness in the defense case.

Rebuttal Witnesses

TUESDAY, Jan. 14

Sandra Clairborne

Clairborne is a police forensic print specialist. She testified that she waited in a police car with department photographer Rolf Rokahr for nearly three-and-a-half hours, waiting for detectives to give them directions. It wasn't until after dawn that they entered the crime scene for the first time.

E.J. Flammer

Flammer is a freelance photographer who took 30 pictures of Simpson on Sept. 26, 1993, at a Buffalo Bills-Miami Dolphins game in Buffalo, N.Y. He recently found the pictures in his basement darkroom and gave them to the plaintiffs' attorneys. He explained that he hired a lawyer and an agent and sold copies of the pictures to the three major TV networks but had no knowledge of how much he was getting for the photos. He said his attorney told him it would be better if he didn't know the amount in case he was asked while testifying.

Leslie Gardner

Gardner was the wardrobe stylist for Simpson's 1994 Playboy exercise video. She bought him black cotton fleece sweat clothes and testified he never returned them. She said it might have been a cotton and polyester blend and wasn't blue-black, like fibers found at the crime scene.

Gerald Richards

Richards is a former top FBI photo analyst who refuted claims of defense expert Robert Groden that a photo of Simpson in Bruno Magli shoes was a fraud. He said the photo wasn't altered in any way, and a first-year photography student would have known it. He explained that the mysterious blue lines on the negative were actually scratches from a camera mechanism and that the photo was not larger than others on the roll.


Gerald Richards

Richards is a former FBI photo analyst who said a picture of Simpson wearing Bruno Magli shoes was "100 percent not a fake." He explained the back-lighting created a halo effect around the shoes in the picture. He also testified that what looked like a hole in a crime scene glove was an optical illusion created by a piece of debris.

Gregory Matheson

Matheson is a LAPD crime lab supervisor. He supported the plaintiff's theory that debris, not a hole, marred the crime scene glove in a photo. Matheson said blood on a glove found at the crime scene was consistent with that of Ronald Goldman, and not O.J. Simpson. He said he found blood smeared on the console of Simpson's Bronco several weeks after the murders occurred. But he could not explain photos of the console taken earlier in which the blood does not appear to be visible.

Dennis Fung

Fung is an LAPD criminalist who collected evidence at the crime scene. He returned to the stand for a third time to recant testimony he gave earlier about the bloody glove found at the crime scene. He previously testified that a glove entered into evidence at the civil trial was not the one found at the crime scene. But when called as a rebuttal witness, he testified he no longer believes that the glove in evidence is different from the one he collected at the crime scene. "I didn't lie but I was mistaken." Fung denied he was pressured to change his story, saying he now supports the plaintiff's contention that debris, not a hole, marred the glove in a picture.

Richard Fox

Fox, a private criminalist, rebutted defense experts on the issue of microscopic balls of blood found inside the sock retrieved from Simpson's bedroom. He explained the blood could have been transferred during testing or when the wearer took off the socks. Fox testified the defense theory, that blood was smeared on the sock in the lab, was unlikely.


Angelica Guzman

Guzman was the Los Angeles Police Department officer assigned to help guard Simpson's Bronco the morning after the killings. She testified she saw no one open the vehicle or enter it. She wrote on the impound sheet that the car had an alternator and battery but didn't check under the hood to make sure.

Terry Lee

Lee is a research scientist at City of Hope hospital. He was called to rebut the defense claim that blood samples preserved in test tubes with a chemical called EDTA were planted by police at the crime scene and at Simpson's home to frame the former football star. Lee said he doesn't believe the small traces of EDTA found in blood on a sock at Simpson's home and on a back gate at Nicole's Simpson's condominium indicate that the blood was planted. He explained that EDTA traces could possibly come from testing equipment.

Brad Popovich

Popovich is a chemical molecular geneticist who says there is no evidence of contamination in DNA samples handled by the LAPD crime lab. He testified the results were accurate and reliable and he defended work by criminalist Collin Yamauchi.

Gerald Richards

Richards is a former FBI photo analyst who returned to the stand to say that photographs of Simpson wearing Bruno Magli shoes appeared authentic. He said he saw no signs of alteration or substitution of the negatives. He did acknowledge that someone with the motivation, time, equipment, money and talent could fake photographs.

William Bodziak

Bodziak is an FBI shoe analyst who said the shoes seen on Simpson's feet in photos taken at a Buffalo Bills football game are Lorenzo-style Bruno Maglis, the same style as those worn by someone who left bloody footprints around the bodies of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.