Another Juror Is Replaced in O.J. Case; Prosecutors Establish Timeline
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Another juror in the O.J. Simpson trial was replaced Tuesday, and prosecutors turned their attention to the final steps of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, laying out a timeline for murder.
With large, color photos of the victims’ faces displayed on a courtroom easel, jurors heard testimony from employees at Mezzaluna, the restaurant where Goldman worked as a waiter and where Ms. Simpson ate dinner just hours before they were slashed to death outside her condo.
Karen Lee Crawford, who was working as a manager that Sunday night, described a lost pair of glasses that led Goldman to his death, and began to cry when Prosecutor Marcia Clark showed black slacks and a white dress shirt.
``It’s Ron’s shirt and pants,″ Crawford said.
In the audience, Goldman’s stepmother and sister also broke into tears.
Crawford said she received a call at about 9:37 p.m. on June 12 from Ms. Simpson’s mother asking about her glasses, which she had dropped in the gutter outside. Crawford said put the glasses in a white envelope, marked it ``Nicole Simpson prescription glasses″ and sealed it.
Less than 10 minutes later, Ms. Simpson called and asked to talk to Goldman, Crawford said. A few minutes later, Goldman asked Crawford to give him the glasses, she said.
``He told me he was going to drop the glasses off at Nicole’s,″ Crawford said. ``He left at about 10 minutes to 10.″
Waitress Tia Gavin testified that she served dinner to Ms. Simpson’s party, which included mostly family members who had attended a dance recital for Ms. Simpson’s daughter. They left the restaurant at about 8:45 p.m., Gavin said.
The prosecution contends Ms. Simpson and Goldman were slain at about 10:15 p.m. outside her condo, which is about a 10-minute walk from Mezzaluna.
Crawford identified a picture of the bloody envelope found at Goldman’s feet, and identified the glasses inside. Clark displayed Goldman’s pants and shirt to show that he had stopped by his house and changed out of his waiter’s uniform on the way to Ms. Simpson’s condo.
Meanwhile, Ito met with attorneys about what he described only as ``very delicate matters″ and then announced that a juror had been replaced.
The judge’s office said the woman was removed because her arthritis doctor may be called as a witness for Simpson, who claims bad knees and arthritis rendered him incapable of carrying out the slayings.
The 63-year-old white juror, a retired legal secretary, was replaced by an alternate, a 54-year-old black man and postal operations manager.
The anonymous, 12-person jury now has nine blacks, one white and two mixed-race members; there are seven women and five men. Nine alternates remain.
Ito did not explain to the rest of the jury why one member was replaced.
Later, in dismissing the jurors for lunch, he elaborated on his usual warning not to discuss the case.
``You are not to discuss how long the case is taking. You’re not to discuss what goes on at sidebar,″ he said. ``You’re not to discuss the apparel of the attorneys. You’re not to discuss the personalities of the courtroom personnel. Anything that is connected with this case, you may not discuss amongst yourselves.″
He did not say what prompted the warning, but Clark’s short skirts have been a topic of discussion inside and outside court.
Myrna Raeder, a professor at Southwestern University School of Law, said she had never heard of a warning to jurors not to talk about lawyers’ clothes.
Two other jurors were dismissed last month without explanation from the judge.
``We’re down to nine alternates in a trial that has presumably four months to go,″ said Robert Pugsley, another law professor at Southwestern. ``I have a distinct fear that they could run out of jurors.″
Meanwhile, defense attorney Carl Douglas complained that prosecutors failed to disclose until last Friday a home video made outside Simpson’s daughter’s dance recital just hours before the slayings.
The video was shown on Monday to cast doubt on witness accounts of a ``simmering″ and ``frightening″ Simpson at the recital. It shows Simpson picking up his son, kissing relatives and laughing with a friend.
Under law, prosecutors must turn over any material favorable to the defense. Douglas asked for an inquiry into prosecutors’ handling of the tape.
Prosecutor Christopher Darden brushed off the matter as ``just another innocent mistake″ and disputed the value of the video to the defense.
The judge said he would look into the matter.