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Defense rests; rebuttal begins

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Witnesses contradict Simpson on shoes and sweat suit

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January 14, 1997
Web posted at: 9:00 p.m. EST

SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- The plaintiffs began their rebuttal in the O.J. Simpson civil case Tuesday with an expert who said pictures of Simpson wearing Bruno Magli shoes are not fake and a woman who says Simpson never returned a black sweat suit he used in the taping of a video.

Lawyers for the families of murder victims Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman say Simpson wore the shoes that left bloody prints at the crime scene in June, 1994. They also contend that the black fibers found on the bodies of the victims came from a black sweat suit.

Gerald Richards, an FBI photo expert, testified that there was "no doubt in my mind" that a photograph taken of Simpson at a Buffalo Bills football game had not been altered.

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The plaintiffs also called a second photographer who produced what appeared to be unaltered negative strips containing several photographs he took of Simpson and four other men at a Buffalo Bills football game in 1993.

Although Simpson has denied ever wearing Bruno Magli shoes, he appears to be wearing them in the photographs.

Photographer says no one asked for negatives

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Defense attorney Robert Baker accused the photographer, E.J. Flammer, of not allowing the defense to view the negatives. Flammer replied that, to his knowledge, the defense never asked.

The other witness who contradicted Simpson was Leslie Gardner, who said Simpson asked to keep a cashmere Donna Karan jacket he wore during a training video. She said he never returned the black cotton sweat jacket and at least one pair of black cotton fleece sweat pants worn while filming the video.

Simpson testified Monday that he had never owned a black sweat suit, and had returned the one he used during the video. Kato Kaelin, Simpson's house guest at the time of the murders, testified earlier that he saw Simpson wearing a dark sweat suit the night his ex-wife and her friend were killed.

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Simpson's daughter last defense witness

Earlier in the day, the defense rested its case after testimony from Simpson's oldest daughter, 28-year-old Arnelle Simpson.

She said that when her father called from Chicago, "He kept saying 'What's going on, what's going on?' and all I could tell him was Nicole's dead and there's somebody else with her," she said.

"He was shocked, very upset, sad, confused," she said.

After she left the witness stand, she sat behind her father, who turned, clenched her hand and smiled at her.

 
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