Simpson jury hears fiber evidence FBI report wasn't part of evidence in first
Jonathan T. Lovitt
SANTA MONICA -- Plaintiffs in O.J. Simpson's wrongful death suit continued
Wednesday to unveil evidence that jurors in his criminal trial never heard,
offering an FBI report on hairs and fibers linking the defendant to the murder
Special Agent Douglas Deedrick told jurors that fibers matching the carpet of
Simpson's 1994 Ford Bronco were found on a knit cap near the bodies of his
ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
The ``medium Mocha'' fibers also were found on a bloody glove recovered from
Simpson's Brentwood estate.
``It's reasonable that it could have originated from a Bronco like his,'' Deedrick
But lawyers for the plaintiffs -- the Brown and Goldman families -- were
forbidden from introducing evidence that no more than a few hundred Broncos
with that carpet color were sold in California that year. The carpet was used on
up to 72,000 Fords sold across the nation during the period.
And under a contentious cross-examination by Simpson lawyer Daniel Leonard,
Deedrick said the carpet fiber purportedly found on the glove actually was found
loose in the evidence bag containing the glove. Also, it bore no blood stains,
implying the fiber might have been planted.
Deedrick's report didn't make it into the criminal case because prosecutors failed
to disclose it to Simpson's defense team in time for trial. But prosecutors
presented other hair and fiber evidence, including the fact that hairs matching
those of Simpson and his ex-wife were found on a knit cap at the murder scene.
Earlier this week, the plaintiffs also presented a new autopsy analysis from
forensic pathologist Werner Spitz. He testified that 11 small cuts and abrasions
on Simpson's hands were fingernail gouges and scratches.
The plaintiffs contend they came from a fight with Goldman, but no fingernail
samples from Goldman ever were obtained.
The jury in the criminal trial never heard that. Nor did they hear testimony
presented during the civil case last month in which retired police detective Tom
Lange discussed the famous slow-speed chase that riveted the nation on the day
of Simpson's arrest.
The detective disclosed some of the items found in the car, including $8,700,
Simpson's passport, several changes of underwear, a fake goatee and mustache, a
loaded .357-caliber revolver and keys that, plaintiffs contend, fit Nicole
Simpson's gate and condominium.
The civil trial continues today with discussion of DNA evidence.