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Signaling the direction of the defense strategy, O.J. Simpson's lawyers argued that a lone assailant could not have killed his ex-wife and her friend.

"The `single assailant' theory is highly improbable in terms of the nature of the wounds inflicted and the positions of the victims' bodies," the attorneys said in a motion to dismiss the murder charges against Simpson."It is highly improbable that all of these wounds could have been inflicted by a single assailant on two different victims without an outcry or attempt to escape," said the motion released Thursday.

A medical examiner testified at Simpson's preliminary hearing that the savage knife wounds on both victims indicated they had fought their attacker.

Also Thursday, Judge Lance Ito ordered the defense to tell prosecutors what is inside the mysterious envelope that the defense turned over to the court in July.