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Excerpts of Selected Testimony in O.J. Simpson Trial

March 4, 1995

EDITOR’S NOTE _ Excerpts are from unofficial trial transcripts compiled by West Publishing Co. and made available on its WESTLAW(r) service. Any use of these transcripts must be credited to WESTLAW(r).

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By The Associated Press

Excerpts of selected testimony by Rosa Lopez, the former housekeeper of O.J. Simpson’s neighbor, in the Simpson murder trial Friday:

(In the following segment, Lopez admits under cross-examination she doesn’t remember some of what she told defense investigator William Pavelic about the events on the evening of June 12, 1994:)

DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY CHRISTOPHER DARDEN: When you spoke to Mr. Pavelic, you didn’t tell him that you walked into the ivy, did you?

DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOHNNIE COCHRAN JR.: (Inaudible).

JUDGE LANCE ITO: Overruled.

LOPEZ: Because he didn’t ask me, sir.

DARDEN: All you told Mr. Pavelic was that you walked the dog?

LOPEZ: I told him I had taken the dog out, sir.

DARDEN: You didn’t tell him where you took the dog, correct?

LOPEZ: I told him in front of the house, sir.

DARDEN: And you didn’t tell Mr. Pavelic that you had taken the dog out at 5 o’clock, correct?

LOPEZ: I don’t remember if I told him, sir.

DARDEN: And you didn’t tell him that you took the dog out at 7 o’clock?

LOPEZ: I don’t remember if I told him that, sir.

DARDEN: Did you tell him that?

COCHRAN: Asked and answered. Objection.

ITO: Overruled.

LOPEZ: I don’t remember, sir.

DARDEN: When you spoke to Mr. Pavelic, didn’t you tell him that you heard Mr. Simpson’s dog barking at 9:45?

LOPEZ: Sir, the dog always barks when the gentleman is not at the house.

DARDEN: When you spoke to Mr. Pavelic, didn’t you tell him that you heard the dog bark at 9:45?

LOPEZ: I don’t remember the time I said the dog was barking at, sir.

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(In the following segment, Lopez admits she doesn’t remember all the details of June 12, 1994:)

DARDEN: Did you make any notes or write down anything that you did on June 12?

LOPEZ: What’s in the past is in the past. I don’t care knowing about it anymore.

DARDEN: You just don’t recall what you did and at what time?

COCHRAN: (Inaudible).

ITO: Overruled.

LOPEZ: I don’t have to be remembering what I did yesterday. For what?

DARDEN: Did you write down any notes describing what you did on June 12?

LOPEZ: No, sir. I don’t write, sir.

DARDEN: Did you ever write any notes indicating what you heard or saw on June 12, 1994?

LOPEZ: No, sir.

DARDEN: Do you recall what you ate for lunch that day?

COCHRAN: (Inaudible).

ITO: Overruled.

LOPEZ: What did I have for lunch, sir?

DARDEN: Yes.

LOPEZ: Tamales, sir.

DARDEN: What did you have for dinner?

LOPEZ: Tamales. I love tamales, sir.

DARDEN: What did you have for breakfast?

LOPEZ: I don’t eat breakfast, sir.

DARDEN: What time did you have those tamales first time?

LOPEZ: When on June 12, on June 13 or June 15 or when?

DARDEN: June 12?

LOPEZ: Oh, about 2 in the afternoon. I don’t eat very much.

DARDEN: Well, do you eat lunch every day?

LOPEZ: Sometimes and sometimes I don’t, sir.

DARDEN: Do you eat lunch at the same time whenever you do eat lunch?

LOPEZ: No.

DARDEN: So when you tell us you ate lunch at 2 o’clock, you’re not sure of that time, either, correct?

LOPEZ: Yes, I am.

DARDEN: How are you sure of that?

LOPEZ: Because I was already hungry, sir.

DARDEN: Well, did you look at the clock at 2 o’clock?

LOPEZ: Yes, sir.

DARDEN: OK.

LOPEZ: I have to look at the clock to see.

DARDEN: So you distinctly remember looking at the clock at 2 o’clock?

COCHRAN: Your Honor, asked and answered.

ITO: Overruled.

LOPEZ: I have to look at it if it’s in front of me in the kitchen, sir.

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