Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Simpson Pulls Hard to Get on Bloody Gloves

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Simpson Pulls Hard to Get on Bloody Gloves

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In one of the more dramatic moments in his double murder trial, O.J. Simpson tugged on the bloody leather gloves he is alleged to have worn while stabbing to death his ex-wife and her friend.

`They're too small," he said as he struggled to get them on over latex gloves he had to wear to protect the evidence.

Initially, the gloves seemed far too small, but after he persevered and pulled harder he was able to get them on.

Prosecutor Christopher Darden, who asked for the demonstration, suggested that Simpson was faking his struggle, provoking objections from defense counsel. The prosecutor also won permission to make Simpson pick up and grasp a marking pen to illustrate that the gloves fit.

Simpson removed the gloves and returned to the defense table, where he seemed agitated and disgusted as he yanked off the latex versions and threw them to the table.

Richard Rubin, former vice president and general manager of Aris Isotoner Inc., then walked over and inspected Simpson's bare hands. Rubin testified that Simpson was a size large or extra large.

The gloves, one found at the murder scene and one found at Simpson's estate, were size extra large.

Rubin testified, "At one point in time, those gloves would actually be, I think, large on Mr. Simpson's hands." Nicole Bought Gloves

Earlier Thursday, prosecutors tried to show that Nicole Brown Simpson unwittingly outfitted O.J. Simpson for her own murder by purchasing a unique pair of men's leather gloves on a visit to Bloomingdale's in New York.

His attorney challenged identification of the gloves by a Bloomingdale's buyer, suggesting that a credit card receipt signed by Nicole Simpson on Dec. 18, 1990, had nothing to do with a glove found at the scene of her murder and the apparent mate found at Simpson's estate.

Brenda Vemich, a Bloomingdale's buyer, testified that the dark brown, extra-large Aris Leather Light gloves placed before her on the witness stand were a style designed only for the department store. …

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