CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

What the chauffeur saw

Simpson witness Allan Park sticks to his story

Park October 6, 1995
Web posted at: 9:30 p.m. EDT

From Correspondent Greg Lamotte

LOS ANGELES (CNN) --After nine months of trial, the jury spent just a matter of hours deciding O.J. Simpson's fate. And the only testimony that the jury wanted to hear again was that of limousine driver Allan Park.

What was Park's reaction? "I was shocked," he said.

Park testified in the trial that he spent 15 minutes trying to get someone inside Simpson's estate to answer the intercom. He said he then saw a 6-foot, 200-pound African-American walk across Simpson's yard and into the front door. Seconds later, he said, Simpson answered the intercom.

Clark During her closing arguments, prosecutor Marcia Clark called Park's testimony pivotal. "What that testimony proves is not only that the defendant was not home, but it proves he was not sleeping and it proves that he lied about it to create the impression, to create an alibi for himself."

During the trial, Park said that he couldn't positively identify the person as Simpson, but has always believed it was him. "It was his house," Park said. "Who else is gonna be there? He was the only one I saw there that night. The size and the figure fit his description, so I just figured it was him." (75K .aiff sound or 75K .wav sound)

Simpson agrees. In a phone call to CNN's "Larry King Live" Wednesday night, Simpson told King, "Allan Park said 15 feet roughly from my front door, which it was me, walking out of my front door, dropping my bags and going back in."

Simpson specifically mentioned Park by name several times in defending his whereabouts. "There was no shadowy figure coming down the driveway, and going across the driveway. That's what Marcia Clark told you, that's not what Allan Park told you."

park_testif But Park differs with Simpson's account. He says he never saw anyone putting luggage outside; he only saw a person enter Simpson's house. "That's what he says," Park says. "If you're gonna believe it, believe it. If you're gonna believe what I say, believe what I say." (88K .aiff sound or 88K .wav sound)

One juror said she doubted the credibility of Park's testimony because she felt he was mistaken about the number of cars he remembered seeing in Simpson's driveway the night of the killings.

Her conclusion annoyed Park. "I was so correct with everything else that if you're going to throw out my whole testimony on just the cars, then I think you should think about it again," he says.

Park wouldn't say if he thinks the jury made the right decision, but he did say the verdict was reached hastily. "If they were going to find him innocent, they would have deliberated a lot longer than they did, 'cause there was just too much evidence and too many witnesses to go over it that fast," Park said. However, he praised the jury for putting up with months of sequestration.

Park said the trial has had an impact on his life for more than a year. Now, he said, he doesn't want to second-guess anyone. He just wants to get on with his life.

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