CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

The timeline challenged

Nicole's dog

There was blood in Simpson's Ford Bronco, a blood drops on his driveway, in the foyer of his house, in the bathroom, in his bedroom and on a sock at the foot of his bed. But did Simpson have time to commit the killings? The prosecution's timeline began with barking dogs and the questioning of a neighbor.

"You were watching the 10 o'clock news with your wife?" the prosecution asked.

"Yes," replied Pablo Fenjves, Nicole Brown Simpson's neighbor.

"And for how long did you watch the news?"

"Well, about 15 or 20 minutes into it I became aware of a barking sound, and then I probably stopped watching the news shortly thereafter."

"So it was approximately fifteen minutes after the news began that you started to hear a dog barking?"

"Yes."

Kato Kaelin

The prosecution believes Simpson killed his ex-wife and Goldman at 10:15 p.m. Simpson's house guest, Kato Kaelin, then testified he heard thumps behind his bungalow about 10:40 p.m.

"Where did the noise seem to be coming from?" asked the prosecution.

"From the back of the wall," Kaelin answered.

"From behind you where you were sitting?"

"Right, from behind the wall from where I was sitting."

"Did you notice anything occur in your room as a result of those thumps on the wall?"

"Yes."

"What?"

"There is a picture that moved."


The deciding testimony?

The prosecution believes that's when the matching bloody glove from the crime scene was deposited behind Kaelin's guest room. Minutes later, limousine driver Alan Park, who had been waiting to pick up Simpson for a ride to the airport, spotted an African-American entering Simpson's house. He saw the figure after he made repeated attempts to get someone inside Simpson's home to answer the intercom.

Park

"That is when I got back up and out of the car and rang the intercom," Park testified. "This time there was an answer, which was Mr. Simpson. He told me that he overslept and he just got out of the shower and he would be down in a minute."

The limo driver said Simpson emerged from the house about five minutes later. After luggage was stored in the trunk and in the rear of the car, both the Parks and Kaelin noticed what appeared to be a dark duffel bag near the rear of Simpson's Bentley.

"He came out and Kato offered to go get the bag and he said, 'No, no, that is OK, I'll get it, I'll get it,'" Parks testified.

And then there was the ride to the airport.

"On the way to the airport, did the defendant say anything to you?" asked the prosecution.

"A few times, he repeated how hot he was. Two or three times he said, 'You know man, it is hot.'"

The prosecution suggested Simpson got rid of the duffel bag in a trash can at the airport. Defense Attorney Carl Douglas didn't help matters when he asked a skycap this question: "And Mr. Williams, you don't recall ever seeing Mr. Simpson anywhere near that trash can on June the 12th, do you sir?

"Yes, he was standing near the trash can," James Williams said.


Forensic evidence

A day after the killings, Simpson's friend Ronald Shipp said Simpson had talked about having dreams. "He kind of jokingly just said, 'You know, to be honest Shipp, I've had some dreams of killing her.'"

stabbing demo

Some of the most demonstrative testimony came from the Los Angeles chief medical examiner, who re-enacted how he believed the two victims were killed. Dr. Lakshmanan Sathyavagiswaran methodically took a ruler and ran it across prosecuting attorney Brian Kelberg's neck, describing just how he thought the killer cut his victims.

the infamous gloves

The prosecution thinks the most compelling evidence against Simpson is DNA test results on blood samples obtained from the crime scene, his Ford Bronco and the sock found in his bedroom.

Robin Cotton of Cellmark Diagnostics testified that DNA from the blood found on the sock matched that of Nicole Brown Simpson.

The matching bloody gloves were key pieces of evidence as well, but the prosecution, in what many courtroom observers called a major gaffe, had Simpson try the gloves on in front of the jury. The court heard Simpson say, "They're too small."

Jealousy and obsession as the motives; time enough to kill two people; and blood evidence that appears to link Simpson directly to the killings: those were the crux of the prosecution's case against the former football great.



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