OJ lawyers take heart from puzzle of star's bloody socks
Wednesday 26 July 1995
After a week of seeing defence witnesses crumble under cross-examination, OJ Simpson's defence team has begun to attach some credibility to the contention that he was framed by the police.
Dr Frederic Rieders, a forensic toxicologist, testified on Monday that levels of preservative retrieved from the bloody socks in Mr Simpson's bedroom and on the rear gate at the murder scene exceeded those commonly found in blood.
In what has been the strongest defence evidence yet to support the conspiracy theory, Dr Rieders suggested that the preservative, EDTA, could have come from the test tubes used to store samples of Nicole Simpson's blood.
Defence lawyers contend that the socks were contaminated with a sample of Mrs Simpson's autopsy blood after the killings and the gate blood came from a sample Mr Simpson provided the day after the killings.
EDTA is a naturally occurring anti-coagulant used by police laboratories to preserve blood samples. Dr Rieders testified that no person carries the levels found in Mrs Simpson's blood on the socks.
The prosecution contended that Dr Rieders had misread a report from the Environmental Protection Agency and that humans have much more EDTA than he said. If that were true, he countered, "people would be bleeding to death all over the place".
The testimony came as relief for the defence, which has recently been stung by counter-productive witnesses and evidence. First, Mr Simpson's doctor was forced to concede that although suffering from severe football injuries the defendant would have been able to pull his ex-wife's head back and cut her throat.
Jurors then heard Mr Simpson joke about punching one's wife in an exercise video he made several weeks before his ex-wife's murder. In the workout, Mr Simpson could be seen shadow-boxing. "Get your space in if you're exercising with your wife, if you know what I mean," he said, adding with a smile: "You can always blame it on working out." Prosecutors argued that the remark reflected his attitude toward his wife.
In another defeat for the defence, Judge Lance Ito denied a request for a hearing on the issue of jury-targeting. The judge ruled there was no evidence that jurors had been targeted for dismissal.
A tow-truck driver who testified that he did not see blood stains in the white bronco was discredited by evidence that he had stolen receipts from the vehicle. A police photographer said there were no socks when he videotaped Mr Simpson's bedroom. But it was later shown that the socks had already been removed by a criminologist, Dennis Fung.
The defence is expected to continue its attack on blood evidence with a blood-splatter specialist who will testify that a red substance on the socks was smeared there in a frame-up.
- 1 Jennifer Lawrence scores first UK top 40 single with Hunger Games track 'The Hanging Tree'
- 2 Shia LaBeouf claims he was raped during #IAMSORRY art installation performance
- 4 Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Kim Jong-un 'in dire need of allies' within his own government as younger sister appointed to senior role
Black Friday UK: The shops hit by chaos and violence as shopping frenzy sweeps country
Scientists predict green energy revolution after incredible new graphene discoveries
Russell Brand: 'Katy Perry? I don’t know who that is'
Michael Buerk wishes he killed Jimmy Savile when he had the chance - by pushing him overboard a cruise ship
Obama: The only people with the right to object to immigration are Native Americans
Ukip says babies born to immigrants in the UK should be classed as migrants – which would include Nigel Farage’s own children
The young are the new poor: Sharp increase in number of under-25s living in poverty, while over-65s are better off than ever
Ukip mocked after mistaking Westminster Cathedral – for a mosque
Tamir Rice: 12-year-old boy playing with fake gun dies after being shot by Ohio police
David Cameron sets out immigration reforms: We should distrust Ukip and their 'snake-oil of simple solutions'
£40k - 45k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...
£30k - 35k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: We’re currently re...
£35k - 45k per year + benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...
£60k - 80k per year + Benefits: Opilio Recruitment: A fantastic opportunity ...