CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

FBI agents take center stage
at Simpson trial

September 14, 1995
Web posted at: 3:20 p.m. EDT

Whitehurst sketch LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Defense and prosecution lawyers in the O.J. Simpson case will interview FBI special agent Frederic Whitehurst this weekend after the agency said it would not object to him testifying.

Whitehurst over the past several years has raised a variety of concerns about forensic protocol and procedures employed in the FBI laboratory. Prosecutors in the Simpson case have relied in part on FBI analysis of evidence. Whitehurst also has accused a colleague, Roger Martz, who was a prosecution witness in the Simpson case, of misconduct in other cases.

Thursday, prosecution rebuttal witness Teresa Ramirez finished testifying about videotaping a nurse who said he had been wrong about the amount of blood he drew from Simpson on the day after the murders of his ex-wife and her friend.

Peratis Judge Lance Ito allowed the prosecution to show the jury the videotape of prosecutor Hank Goldberg interviewing the nurse, Thano Peratis. On the tape, Peratis said he was mistaken in his earlier testimony when he said he drew about eight cc's of blood from Simpson. He said it was actually six or six and a half. The defense claimed the "missing" amount might have been used to plant blood to frame Simpson. It also claimed that Peratis was coached by Goldberg or pressured to change his testimony. Two witnesses claimed he was not.

The prosecution said it expects to wrap up its rebuttal case by Friday. It planned to call FBI special agent Doug Deedrick later Thursday. He was the prosecution's final witness before it rested its case in July.

His testimony at that time centered on hairs and fibers found at the crime scene, in Simpson's Bronco and on the glove found at Simpson's estate. He is being called back to rebut the testimony of defense expert Dr. Henry Lee. Lee testified that he found a second type of imprint on a bloody envelope and on another piece of paper found at the crime scene. Defense attorneys theorized the imprint may have come from the shoe of an unknown person, who may have been the killer.

Prosecutor Marcia Clark said Deedrick would testify that the imprint that Lee saw on the envelope was not made by a shoe but by the jeans worn by Ron Goldman, one of the victims. Clark also said the tiles at the condo of Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson', could also have created imprint patterns.

A second FBI agent may also be called to rebut Lee's testimony. That agent, William Bodziak, testified on June 19 about footprints leading from the bodies at the crime scene.

Late Wednesday, prosecutors said they also may have a third witness on Thursday, but they would not disclose the name or purpose of that witness.


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