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O.J. Jury Returns to Hear of Persistent Barking

O.J. Jury Returns to Hear Of Persistent Barking

Los Angeles Times

After an 11-day hiatus, the jury in the trial of O.J. Simpson returned Monday to the courtroom to hear another witness testify about a dog barking persistently and alarmingly about 10:20 p.m. on the night of the murders, roughly the time that prosecutors believe the crimes were committed.

"It was very persistent," Mark Storfer, a neighbor of Nicole Brown Simpson, said of the barking.

"Had you ever heard barking like that coming from that area?" Deputy District Attorney Marcia Clark asked.

"No," Storfer responded. "I had not."

Storfer, who took the stand out of order because he no longer lives in California and prosecutors wanted to call him while he was in town, became the seventh prosecution witness to testify about seeing or hearing a barking dog on the evening of June 12, the night Nicole Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman were killed. All of those witnesses have, with varying degrees of certainty, essentially corroborated one another.

None of them, however, saw the murders committed or heard the sounds of a struggle, which defense attorneys have seized upon to suggest that a single assailant could not have committed the crimes.

Simpson attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. subtly raised that notion again Monday and floated a number of other theories that the defense has pressed since before opening statements - suggesting, for instance, that drugs could have formed a motive for the killings or that Goldman, not Nicole Simpson, could have been the intended target.