Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fuhrman Denies Meeting Woman Who Accused Him as Racist

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Fuhrman Denies Meeting Woman Who Accused Him as Racist

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Detective Mark Fuhrman, the prosecution's most controversial police witness in its murder case against O.J. Simpson, took the stand Thursday and promptly denied ever meeting a woman who has accused him of making racist remarks.

The detective's opening testimony was a preemptive strike by prosecutor Marcia Clark. She sought to establish his credibility with the predominantly black jury.

Fuhrman is the detective who found the bloody glove on Simpson's estate that matches one found at the murder scene.

To discredit Fuhrman's testimony, defense lawyers have said they will allege he is an emotionally troubled person and a racist who put the glove there in order to frame Simpson for the murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman June 12.

Within minutes of taking the stand, Fuhrman denied ever meeting Kathleen Bell, a real estate agent who has alleged he made derogatory statements about blacks and expressed particular hostility toward interracial couples.

In a letter to one of Simpson's attorneys, Bell said Fuhrman had referred to African Americans as "niggers" and said he would like to see them all killed. Bell also quoted Fuhrman as saying he would fabricate a reason if necessary to pull over a vehicle with a "nigger" driving with a white woman. She wrote the letter after Fuhrman testified at a preliminary hearing in July.

Defense lawyers have seized upon Bell's statement to suggest Fuhrman might have been willing to manufacture evidence against a black suspect.

Clark showed the letter to Fuhrman and the jury. Fuhrman said the conversation never took place. Also, Fuhrman said he watched CNN's "Larry King Live" show a month ago when Bell appeared and did not recognize the woman.

Bell said in the letter that she had worked at an office near a Marine recruiting station. She said she had met Fuhrman there in 1985 or 1986. Fuhrman, an ex-Marine, was then a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. …

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