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LAPD tells Simpson jury there was only one glove

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October 28, 1996
Web posted at: 8:00 p.m. EST

SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- The first police officers to arrive at Nicole Brown Simpson's home after she and Ron Goldman were murdered told O.J. Simpson's civil trial jury Monday that they saw only one bloody glove at the scene.

The lawyers for the victims' families are using the officers' testimony to argue that contrary to defense claims, there was no police conspiracy to frame Simpson.

The defense is expected to try to prove that two gloves were at the scene, one of which they say was secretly taken by detective Mark Fuhrman and planted at O.J. Simpson's house, along with other evidence. Fuhrman is not expected to testify in the wrongful death suit against Simpson, filed by the families of the victims.

Fred Goldman, the father of victim Ron Goldman, wept Monday morning as still color pictures of his dead son were displayed for jurors on a big-screen TV.

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John Kelly, the attorney for the estate of Nicole Brown Simpson, questioned officer Robert Riske in minute detail about the evidence found at the scene, the purpose being to head off defense allegations that evidence was moved, tampered with, or planted at a later date.

Riske testified that the blood he found at various sites "appeared fresh" and said he was careful not to disturb the crime scene.

Under cross examination by Simpson's lawyer Robert Blasier, Riske's answers grew noticeably more terse. Blasier's questions appeared to be aimed at trying to cast doubt on Riske's assertion that he had not stepped in any of the blood evidence.

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Riske also said he was with Fuhrman for much of the time at the crime scene. The plaintiffs in the case are suggesting that Riske's presence would have made it very difficult for Fuhrman to take a glove from the crime scene to plant at Simpson's house.

But Riske also admitted, just as he did during the criminal trial, that he never received much training on crime scene protection. The defense is expected to seize upon that admission as proof that the evidence against Simpson was contaminated.

Riske's partner that night, LAPD officer Miguel Terrazas, took the stand after Riske. Terrazas, who did not testify during Simpson's criminal trial, said his primary role the night of the murders was to guard the crime scene. He also testified he never saw more than one glove at the murder scene.

Earlier Monday, Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki heard a motion by the news media requesting access to questionnaires that were completed by the jurors during the selection process. The judge denied the request, saying he feared that information in the questionnaires could be used to learn the identity of the jurors and, he said, there is a "supreme interest" in preserving their anonymity.

Correspondents Charles Feldman and Anne McDermott contributed to this report.

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