Simpson jurors go over blood and DNA testimony
Jonathan T. Lovitt ; Richard Price
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- While a restless crowd waited in the sun outside the
courthouse, the O.J. Simpson jurors completed their 14th hour of deliberations
Thursday. At least part of their discussion focused on blood.
The seven women and five men contacted the judge twice Thursday. At
midmorning, they asked for 12 items dealing with blood evidence in the 1994
murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
In the afternoon, they returned to court for a read-back of testimony taken from
Gary Simms, a DNA expert with the California Department of Justice who was a
witness for the plaintiffs in this civil trial.
They also viewed three videos, a police video of Simpson's Rockingham home
the day after the murders and two news videos showing police and criminalists
carrying evidence both at the murder scene and at Simpson's home.
That included a vial of Simpson's blood brought to the defendant's home by
then-lead detective Philip Vannatter. The defense contends blood from the vial
was planted by police as evidence against Simpson.
In the read-back, a plaintiffs lawyer was asking Simms about possible
contamination of blood he tested for DNA matches. Simms said there was no
The items requested earlier included, among other things, pictures of blood stains
on the rear gate and walkway near the murder scene at Nicole's condo, at
Simpson's house and in his Bronco.
Jurors exchanged whispers during the read-back and the videos.
Their foreman is a white male in his late 50s or early 60s who is the son of a
police officer. He said before the trial that while he thought Simpson probably
was guilty, the prosecution in Simpson's criminal trial ``failed to prove its case.''
The foreman was the most prolific note-taker of the jurors. He has a background
working with technical information.
Also Thursday, The Associated Press, citing unnamed sources, reported that
Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki ordered a sheriff's probe into allegations that several
jurors had been sent letters by two jurors from Simpson's criminal trial and an
entertainment agent named Bud Stewart.
The letters were proposals to represent the civil jurors in various deals, the report
Fujisaki also issued a court order banning the use of bullhorns outside the
Some enthusiasts had used the bullhorns to shout ``killer'' at Simpson and
``gold-diggers'' at the Goldman family, who with Nicole Simpson's family are
plaintiffs in the case.