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Women's shelter worker testifies against Simpson

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December 4, 1996
Web posted at: 5:45 p.m. EST

SANTA MONICA, California (CNN) -- A woman named Nicole called a battered women's shelter five days before the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson, saying her famous ex-husband stalked her and threatened to kill her, a shelter worker testified at the O.J. Simpson civil trial Wednesday.

Nancy Ney, board member of Sojourn House, told the court that the call was made by a woman, who only identified herself as Nicole, at 11 a.m. on June 7, 1994, and that the caller expressed fear of her ex-husband.

"She said that he had told her a few different times that if he ever caught her with another man he would kill her," Ney said.

Under questioning by plaintiff attorney Peter Gelblum, Ney admitted the woman did not give her last name, but said she did offer other information that fit Nicole Brown Simpson.

Ney said the caller told her she was in her mid-30s, was divorced, lived in west Los Angeles, had two children -- a boy and a girl under 10 -- and that her husband was famous.

"She did say he was very high profile and if she told me who he was I would know him," Ney said.

Ney's testimony was admitted over fierce defense objections that it was hearsay and should not be allowed in the wrongful death case against Simpson.

Ney was the latest in a line of plaintiff witnesses called to contradict Simpson's claims on the witness stand that he never hit or obsessed about Ms. Simpson, who was killed with her friend Ronald Goldman on June 12, 1994.

'She was frightened'

Despite objections by defense attorney Robert Baker, Gelblum asked Ney if she has ever heard Nicole Brown Simpson's call to 911 made in October 1993. Ney said she had.

"Was the voice you heard on that 911 call consistent with the caller?" Gelblum asked.

Ney said it was.

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Gelblum asked what the caller had said to Ney.

"She said she was frightened. She said she was very frightened," Ney said. "She said her ex-husband had been calling her on the phone begging her to come back. She said he had been stalking her."

Defense attorney Baker, in cross-examination, suggested that the shelter cooked up details of the call to boost its fund-raising.

Ney did not testify at the criminal trial last year in which Simpson was acquitted of murdering Goldman and his former wife. Relatives of the victims are suing Simpson, seeking a jury ruling that he's liable for the killings and should pay them damages.

New motion in custody battle

Meanwhile, O.J. Simpson and the parents of Nicole Brown Simpson, Lou and Juditha Brown, returned to Orange County juvenile court Wednesday for the custody trial of Simpson's two youngest children.

CNN has learned that attorneys for the Brown family filed a motion in court Tuesday seeking to have attorney Margorie Fuller, a lawyer appointed by the court to represent the children, removed from the case for undisclosed reasons.

No ruling was made, and Fuller did return to court Wednesday morning.

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