DNA experts link sock blood to Nicole
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SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- A sophisticated DNA test shows that blood stains found on a pair of socks taken from O.J. Simpson's home "matched" the DNA pattern in Nicole Brown Simpson's blood.
Three DNA experts testified in the civil trial against Simpson Thursday and said the odds that the DNA pattern match someone else other than Nicole Simpson are, at the lowest, 1-in-6.8 billion and as high as 1-in-530 billion.
Dr. Robin Cotton, a DNA expert, said that meant you would have to go through as many as 530 billion people -- far more people than currently inhabit the Earth -- to find another person whose blood has the same genetic markers.
O.J. Simpson was not in court Thursday. He was with his mother, Eunice Simpson, who was undergoing knee replacement surgery at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica.
Heading off any defense suggestion that the blood was planted on the socks, Cotton said the blood on the socks was less degraded than the blood taken from Nicole Brown Simpson's body 24 hours after she died.
Defense lawyers have suggested in the past that some of the blood samples taken from Nicole Brown Simpson's body might have been splattered on the socks in a police conspiracy to frame the former football star.
On cross examination, Cotton conceded that one DNA sample from blood found on the steering wheel of Simpson's Ford Bronco could not be matched to Simpson, Ronald Goldman or Nicole Brown Simpson.
Cotton admitted that it could have come from a Simpson family member who may have inadvertently left DNA traces behind at an earlier date.
During the cross examination, in contrast to the often snappy direct examination, Judge Fujisaki cut Simpson lawyer Robert Blasier off, saying "This scintillating examination is having an effect on the jurors, or at least one of them."
After a short recess, the judge addressed the jurors and apologized to Blasier for his earlier remarks. .
He told the jurors the fact that the subject matter was "dry" should not detract from it's importance to the case.
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