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(Court TV) -- Developments in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson from March 6-10, 1995

A police detective testified that authorities never considered anyone other than O.J. Simpson as a suspect in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Defense attorney Johnnie Cochran asked detective Tom Lange if he had ever considered "any other theory than that O.J. Simpson was the only perpetrator in this case."

"I had absolutely no other evidence that would point me in any other direction," Lange replied.

Cochran asked Lange if he had considered that Ronald Goldman, and not Nicole Brown Simpson, might have been the prime target of the June 12 attack. Lange said there was no evidence to support such a theory.

Lange testified that investigators looked only superficially at a possible drug angle to the double murders. He also said police did not look into the background of Faye Resnick, who was Nicole Brown Simpson's roommate at the time of the slaying, but was in a drug rehabilitation center the night of the murders.

"In any murder there's always the possibility that drugs may have been involved," but he said in this case investigators were focused on "another direction."

The defense has been trying to show that police investigators were sloppy in their handling of the crime scene and the evidence in the case.

Cochran tried to establish that investigators did not seek to determine the time of Goldman's death by reviewing the contents of his stomach.

Lange's testimony was preceded by the testimony of a surprise prosecution witness - a neighbor of Nicole Brown Simpson who said he heard a dog barking near the crime scene at 10:20 pm on the night of the murders.

Mark Storfer said he was in his bed with his wife and son. After the boy fell asleep around 10 pm, Storfer took him to his own bed.

"As I was taking him downstairs, I heard a dog barking," Storfer said. "I was concerned it would wake up my son. It was that loud and persistent."

Tom Lange resumed his testimony after the defense made its request to Judge Lance Ito to acquire documents from an Internal Affairs investigation of detective Mark Fuhrman.

The judge ordered the Los Angeles Police Department's custodian of records to bring Fuhrman's records to court for him to review.

During his testimony, Lange dismissed a number of defense theories about the murders and explained why he concluded that Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman were killed by the same person.

Lange explained that a blood drop on Goldman's shoe had a mixture of blood from the two victims, suggesting the blood came from a single weapon from a single killer. He also said there was only one set of bloody footprints at the murder scene.

He denied that the murders had any of the earmarks of a drug-related homicide. And he testified that blood found under Nicole Simpson's fingernails was hers. The defense has maintained the blood did not match either of the victims or O.J. Simpson.

Judge Ito later ruled that the prosecution wrongly elicited that testimony from Lange about the blood tests because the final test results had not been given to the defense. The judge said he was considering telling the jury to ignore Lange's testimony about the fingernail blood.

He also said the mystery ice cream cup found in Nicole Simpson's house contained Ben & Jerry's chocolate chip cookie dough and that police tests indicated that this ice cream never looks completely melted because of the dough.

Judge Lance Ito ruled the defense could see some edited versions of police documents relating to internal investigations of detective Mark Fuhrman.

In his ruling, the judge said the defense could review interviews with at least 14 police officers who were at the crime scene. They were apparently questioned about whether Fuhrman could have moved a bloody glove from Nicole Brown Simpson's condominium. The defense has claimed that Fuhrman planted a bloody glove on O.J. Simpson's estate.

The judge also ruled the defense could see documents relating to an investigation on whether Fuhrman commented on Nicole Simpson's breasts. Judge Ito refused to let the defense see papers linked to allegations Fuhrman had Nazi paraphernalia at his desk.

Detective Mark Fuhrman took the witness stand and denied knowing or meeting a woman who claims he made racist comments to her.

Prosecutor Marcia Clark immediately asked Fuhrman about defense allegations that he is a racist who may have planted the incriminating bloody glove on O.J. Simpson's property.

Clark started her questioning by asking Fuhrman how he felt about testifying. He replied, "nervous, reluctant."

When asked why, Fuhrman said, "throughout, since June 13, it seems I've seen a lot of the evidence ignored and a lot of personal issues come to the forefront. I think that's too bad."

Fuhrman then testified that he never met Kathleen Bell in 1985 or 1986. Bell, a real estate agent, has said she met Fuhrman at a Marine recruiting office and that he told her he hated blacks and that when he saw a black man in a car with a white woman he would always find an excuse to pull them over.

Fuhrman also described a 1985 incident during which he responded to a family dispute call at Simpson's Brentwood mansion.

He said he and his partner responded to the call and found Simpson in the driveway of his home, with a woman leaning on a car sobbing into her hands. Fuhrman said he did not see the woman's face, but earlier testimony indicated that woman was Nicole Brown Simpson. She had called police to the house because Simpson had smashed the windshield of her Mercedes with a baseball bat.

Before Fuhrman started his testimony, Ronald Goldman's stepmother, Patti Goldman, testified. She said she wrote the grocery shopping list found in a bag with her late stepson's clothes. The defense had implied that Goldman wrote the list and that the seal from a banana found at the murder scene may have been from a banana on that list.

But Patti Goldman said the grocery bag that police put her stepson's clothing in after his death was from her house and contained a shopping list she had thrown into the bag.

She testified after detective Tom Lange wrapped up eight days of testimony by saying the Simpson investigation was international in scope and involved interviews with 170 witnesses.

The week ended with prosecutors introducing into evidence a shovel, a towel and a large, heavy-duty plastic bag found in O.J. Simpson's Bronco.

Detective Mark Fuhrman testified that he found the items and the blood on the car when he arrived at Simpson's home several hours after the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Deputy District Attorney Marcia Clark did not explain why the items were being introduced, but she may have been laying groundwork for a suggestion of premeditation on the part of Simpson.

Fuhrman then displayed the evidence for the jury. During his second day of testimony, Fuhrman described his actions at the crime scene and the decision to drive to Simpson's home and to subsequently climb the wall onto the property.

Furhman said detective Ron Phillips asked him to lead the investigators to Simpson's home. Once there, the officers tried for 35 minutes to get someone to answer their calls, Furhrman said. He then described how he wandered away from the others and spotted what he believed to be blood on the door and frame of Simpson's Bronco parked around the corner from the residence's main gate.

"We had previously discussed our concerns with another possible victim, or a kidnap-type robbery, murder-suicide," Fuhrman said. "We had no idea what we were confronted with at that point."

Prosecutors and police have argued that they entered Simpson's home that morning because they feared he or someone else might be injured inside.

Fuhrman said detective Philip Vannatter made the final decision to enter Simpson's home without a warrant. "There was a question how we were going to go in and I suggested, 'Do you want me to go over the wall?' " he said. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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