February 16, 1995 in Nation/World

Simpson’s Blood Found On Rear Gate Of Condo

Boston Globe

Prosecutors added a significant new element to their case against O.J. Simpson, disclosing that his blood was discovered on the rear gate of his ex-wife’s condominium after she and a friend were slain in front.

The prosecutors had previously said that socks found in the defendant’s bedroom were streaked with Nicole Brown Simpson’s blood, and that blood matching Simpson’s was found near bloody shoeprints leaving the two bodies. Wednesday’s disclosure appeared designed to complete a route from the murder site, to an exit, to Simpson’s home.

The prosecution got another boost as Judge Lance Ito ruled that it may keep certain items - including the bloody socks - until the FBI completes DNA tests on them. Defense lawyers wanted access to the items now.

“They really don’t want us to find out what’s on those two items,” Rockne Harmon, a deputy district attorney, said of defense attempts to get control of the items.

Harmon made his comments during a hearing on how to share evidence; the jury was later called in to hear from Sgt. David Rossi and Det. Ronald Phillips, who were among the first police officers at the crime scene.

Phillips said that after examining the area where Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were found, he went to Simpson’s house with his partner, Mark Fuhrman. He said he went there to notify the football Hall of Famer that his exwife had been killed, to ask if he knew the identity of the man found with her, and to offer Simpson “support” if he needed it.

“I didn’t want Mr. Simpson going back to see the very bloody crime scene,” said Phillips.

That testimony was intended to counter defense implications that police wanted to frame the defendant, and went to his home partly to plant incriminating evidence.

Under prosecution questioning, Phillips also said a superior, Lt. Frank Spangler, had ordered him not to summon the coroner to the murder scene about 40 minutes after the detective arrived. No explanation was offered. The coroner was called after 10 hours, such an unusually long lapse that the defense has employed it to cast a shadow over police conduct.


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