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Simpson disposed of bloody clothing after the June 12 murders of his ex wife and her friend.
“We hope to present more evidence tomorrow relevant to what happened to the bags in which the bloody clothes were carried in,” assistant prosecutor Christopher Darden told Judge Lance Ito, as the trial focused on the luggage Simpson carried on a red eye flight to Chicago the night of the murders.
Darden did not elaborate on the claim made outside the jury’s presence except to say he would share the evidence with defense attorneys “as soon as it comes in.”
Later in the day, prosecutors used testimony from an airport skycap to suggest that Simpson could have dumped a bag containing evidence into a curbside trash can at Los Angles International Airport before catching his flight.
The baggage handler, James Williams, testified that Simpson was standing near a trash can while Williams checked his two other bags. When Simpson left the skycap’s stand to catch his plane, Williams said, the former football star was carrying just one duffel not two, as Simpson’s driver had described loading into the limousine at Simpson’s mansion.
Under cross examination, Williams conceded that he “didn’t see (Simpson) do anything with the trash can.” He also acknowledged that the container was lined with clear plastic, making it likely that someone would have found any discarded luggage.
The battle over Simpson’s bags marked proscutors’ attempt to address the missing link in their case: the lack of a murder weapon or bloody clothes linking Simpson to the killings of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman.
While prosecutors have theorized that Simpson discarded the evidence, they have so far offered no proof.
Yesterday, prosecutors suffered an unexpected blow when limousine driver Allan Park seemed to waver on whether Simpson’s Ford Bronco was parked outside his estate around the time of the murders.
“You cannot tell this jury positively that a vehicle was parked there outside the Rockingham gate or not, can you?” Cochran asked.
“No,” Park replied. “. . . I wouldn’t say I’m positive. I wasn’t looking for a car. I was looking for an address.”
Prosecutor Marcia Clark scrambled to shore up Park’s account, which is crucial to undermining Simpson’s alibi that he was home when the victims were slashed to death at Nicole Simpson’s condominium, two miles away.
Reading from transcripts of Park’s earlier testimony to a grand jury and at Simpson’s preliminary hearing, she pointed out that the driver had consistently reported seeing no white Bronco outside Simpson’s mansion.
Clark then displayed a photo of the vehicle parked at the curb near Simpson’s gate, where police found it the morning after the murders.
“You didn’t see a Ford Bronco?” Clark asked.
“No, I didn’t,” Park said.
Darden’s claim of new evidence drew an angry response from Cochran, who accused the prosecutor of playing to courtroom cameras to “get a soundbite” on the evening news.
“The whole case is based on hopes and dreams, and they are evaporating,” Cochran said, arguing the issue outside the presence of the jury.
Cochran, meanwhile, created a stir of his own, hauling into court several pieces of Simpson’s luggage including a small dark bag that he said could be the “missing” bag that prosecutors contend Simpson used to dispose of a knife and bloody clothes.
Cochran said the bag, which was delivered Tuesday from the home of Simpson’s lawyer friend, Robert Kardashian, “belongs to Mr. Simpson and may have been one of the bags that he took to Chicago that night.”
Cochran asked Judge Lance Ito for permi red bottoms ssion to question Park in front of jurors to see if it resembled one he had seen on Simpson’s driveway the night of the murders.
Both Park and Simpson houseguest Brian “Kato” Kaelin have testified that a knap red bottoms sacklike bag was set apart from the rest of Simpson’s luggage and that Simpson had insisted on loading it into the limousine himself.
Darden vociferously protested the attempt to question Park about the bag.
“The . . . bag appears to be brand new, and it has the keys still attached to it, as well as the tag,” Darden said, accusing Cochran of “trickery.”
“Nobody is trying to trick anybody,” Cochran shot back. “With all their search warrant powers and all the things they did, they never even tried to find these bags, just talk about it and throw all th red bottoms ese theories up.”
Although Ito allowed jurors to see four other pieces of Simpson’s luggage, he barred Cochran from displaying the small bag. After questioning Park in chambers, Ito quoted the driver as saying it “could possibly be” the bag he’d seen, but it did “not look familiar.”