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Photographer: No Socks In Bedroom Simpon’s Defense Insists Police Smeared Blood

With defense lawyers returning to their conspiracy theory, a Los Angeles police photographer testified Tuesday that he did not see socks in O.J. Simpson’s bedroom while videotaping his mansion the day after the murders of Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend.

Defense lawyers insist that police smeared Nicole Brown Simpson’s blood on the dress socks sometime after planting them in Simpson’s bedroom. The defense has yet to describe the sequence of events in which such a scenario occurred.

Sworn in shortly before court ended Tuesday, police photographer Willie Ford, a 13-year veteran of the department, said he did not see socks while videotaping the estate’s master bedroom at 4:13 p.m. on June 13, 1994.

“Were there any socks on that rug?” asked defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr.

“No,” Ford replied.

In prior testimony, criminalist Dennis Fung guessed that he probably collected the socks from the bedroom rug between 4:30 p.m. and 4:40 p.m. that day.

Judge Lance Ito is expected to rule soon whether a defense expert can testify about a laboratory experiment purporting to show how blood was planted on the socks.

Defense lawyers also renewed allegations during testimony Wednesday that police dripped blood in Simpson’s Ford Bronco. A tow truck operator said he saw no blood stains in the vehicle three days after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Caught in numerous inconsistencies under cross-examination, tow truck operator John Meraz conceded that “Close up, I can’t see.” He was not wearing his glasses, he said, while viewing the car’s interior. Questioned about his credibility, Meraz admitted to stealing credit card receipts from the vehicle but insisted he later returned them.



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