Wife Beating to Be Topic at Simpson Trial Should Jury Be Told Allegations?

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Wife Beating to Be Topic at Simpson Trial Should Jury Be Told Allegations?


1995, Reuters News Service, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


The O.J. Simpson murder case is set to resume today with a court hearing on whether a jury should be told about the football legend's alleged history of wife beating.

The domestic violence hearing was originally scheduled after arguments Thursday on the admissibility of DNA tests on blood samples found at the murder scene and at Simpson's estate two miles away.

But Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles district attorney, said Tuesday that the hearing had been moved ahead of the DNA discussions.

Gibbons said the spousal-abuse proceedings could delay the DNA hearings. "I don't see how the domestic violence issue can be resolved in one day," she said.

Simpson, 46, has pleaded not guilty of the stabbing murders of his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and her friend Ronald Goldman, 25, on June 12.

In 1989, Simpson was arrested and charged with spousal abuse on New Year's Day, after an emergency call to police made by Nicole Simpson, then his wife. According to the police report, Nicole Simpson had been beaten so severely that she had to receive hospital treatment for facial injuries. …

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