Source: DNA Test on Glove Inconclusive for Simpson
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Initial DNA tests failed to show it was O.J. Simpson’s blood on a glove found at Simpson’s estate, although the blood could have come from Nicole Brown Simpson or Ronald Goldman, a source close to the case said.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, disputed the interpretation of the DNA findings reported by KCBS-TV, which said that blood tests showed a ″strong probability″ of a DNA match with Simpson.
Simpson has pleaded innocent to murdering his ex-wife and Goldman on June 12. The test was conducted on blood from the right-handed glove confiscated by police outside Simpson’s Brentwood mansion.
A left-handed glove, believed to have been abandoned by the killer, was found outside Ms. Simpson’s condominium two miles away, near the bodies. Authorities believe the two gloves are a pair.
In other developments:
-KNBC-TV and the Los Angeles Times both reported that police found $10,000 and Simpson’s passport in Al Cowlings’ Ford Bronco after the nationally televised highway chase on June 17.
Robert Shapiro, Simpson’s defense attorney, has said Simpson wanted to go only as far as his ex-wife’s grave in Orange County south of Los Angeles to commit suicide there.
Cowlings, Simpson’s friend who was behind the wheel that night, was arrested for investigation of aiding and abetting a felony suspect. The district attorney’s office must file charges before a Friday hearing or the hearing will be canceled and Cowlings’ $250,000 bail returned.
Prosecutors haven’t reached a decision on the Cowlings case and might ask to delay Friday’s hearing, Suzanne Childs, spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office, said today. Sources had told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it was unlikely that charges would be filed.
Cowlings’ lawyer, Donald Re, said he was told that prosecutor Marcia Clark had made a recommendation in the case to her superiors, but he did not know what it was.
As for the report of the passport and cash, Re said Cowlings had no knowledge of any such items in the Bronco. He said Simpson had a carrying case with him in the vehicle, and Cowlings didn’t know what was in it.
-KCBS-TV showed video of prosecutor Marcia Clark walking on Simpson’s property that the station said was taken before a judge had signed the search warrant for the gated mansion.
KCBS showed the time and date the tape feed was received: 10:28 a.m. June 13. The search warrant was signed 17 minutes later.
The district attorney’s office today issued a statement denying Clark had done anything improper but not directly addressing the question of the disputed times.
″Ms. Clark arrived at the location following the delivery of the warrant to give legal advice on the execution of the warrant, as is often done by lawyers in our office,″ the statement said.
No one at the office would respond to reporters’ attempts to get further clarification.
Shapiro said only that the development was ″very significant.″
Richard Hirsch, an attorney not involved in the case, told the station her presence could be significant because Clark ″may now be a witness in the case and therefore is precluded from being the prosecutor.″
″If she’s on the premises before the search warrant was issued, she’s a witness on the (defense) motion to suppress the search warrant,″ Hirsch said.
-Simpson’s friend, businessman and lawer Robert Kardashian, explained why he was photographed carrying away Simpson’s garment bag from outside the Simpson mansion the morning of June 13, shortly after Simpson flew back from Chicago where police had contacted him about the slayings. That video was broadcast earlier this week on KCOP-TV.
Kardashian told KCBS on Wednesday that he took Simpson’s bag with him because police wouldn’t let him return it to the mansion. ″We couldn’t get in the house because the police wouldn’t let us in. If they wanted it back they could have taken it,″ he said.
Kardashian said the bag contained Simpson’s clothes and there was nothing incriminating in it. He said he no longer had the bag and didn’t know whether police had it. The televised interview was cut short when Kardashian drove away, and he was not asked how he knew what was in the bag or what he last did with it.
-KNBC also reported that the 9 mm Beretta Simpson put to his head during the June 17 chase was registered to a police lieutenant who performed off-duty work for Los Angeles Raiders owner Al Davis. The officer may have given the handgun to Simpson years ago without breaking any laws, the station said.
On the blood test, a source told the AP that the initial DNA test, a Polymerase Chain Reaction procedure, was ″silent″ on Simpson, providing no indication whether his blood was on the glove.
The test did find that the mixture of blood on the glove had the same makeup as the blood of Ms. Simpson and Goldman, the source said.
More definitive DNA tests will be needed to establish whether the blood belonged to Simpson, Simpson’s ex-wife or her friend Goldman.
Simpson’s lawyers are considering conducting their own independent DNA testing on the bloody glove, but won’t decide until the prosecution has finished its DNA testing, another source told the AP.
The use of such DNA tests as evidence has been challenged in some California courts.