CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

Resnick: Simpson used drugs, threatened to kill ex-wife

Jim Hill

February 12, 1996
Web posted at: 12:15 a.m. EST

From Correspondent Jim Hill

LOS ANGELES (CNN) -- In New York Sunday, Faye Resnick testified that O.J. Simpson said he would kill Nicole Brown Simpson because she left him.

Resnick arriving

"O.J. Simpson told Faye Resnick that because Nicole had rejected him, shamed and humiliated him, that he was going to kill Nicole," Resnick's attorney, Leonard Marks, said after her second day of deposition in the civil lawsuits against Simpson.

Marks said that Resnick also said O.J. Simpson used drugs in front of her, and kept a jar of pills he called a "Christmas tree."

Simpson's attorneys had no comment outside the Manhattan office where Resnick made her deposition. She is expected to return Monday for further cross-examination.

Resnick has made no secret that she believes Simpson killed his ex-wife and her friend Ronald Goldman. She's written two books detailing her views and has appeared on numerous talk shows.

Some case-watchers say she may not be called to testify in the trial, despite her deposition.


"The plaintiffs may not want to use her because her credibility may be undermined and the defense may not be able to use her because the judge might say any connection between her and the murders is too remote to be relevant," said Professor Erwin Chemerinksy of the University of Southern California. (128K AIFF sound or 128K WAV sound)

For his part, O.J. Simpson has publicly said he believes Resnick's admitted cocaine use led to the killings -- that drug world hit men were out to get her, and killed his ex- wife and Ronald Goldman by mistake.

But Chemerinsky says that it is unlikely Simpson's theory will make it inside the courtroom either.

Resnick's book

"The fact that she used drugs isn't enough to show her to be the target," he said.

Attorneys for the victims' families say Resnick has effectively told how Nicole Brown Simpson described being abused by O.J. Simpson. But Resnick apparently never witnessed any violence between the two, so defense lawyers are likely to argue her testimony is hearsay ... and not admissible in court.

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