After a weekend to reflect and worry, O.J. Simpson returns to the witness stand for more tough questions, with the focus shifting from domestic violence to blood evidence and Simpson's alibi.
A crowd of about 200 showed up Monday as people scrambled to get the 16 public seats available for the second day of Simpson's long-awaited testimony about the killings of his ex-wife and her friend. Winners were chosen by drawing, and one spectator who won a seat Friday, an actress named Sally Schaub, won again today.Schaub said she comes to the trial to see "history in the making." She found Friday's testimony "very telling" - "He is a good actor after all."
As her winning number was called, those who know her from standing in line yelled, "That's not fair" and "You should play the lottery."
Simpson's inquisitor, plaintiff lawyer Daniel Petrocelli, stopped the first day of Simpson's testimony in the wrongful death trial just before getting to the football great's actions during a critical 90-minute period when nobody saw him.
If the first round of questioning was any indicator, Simpson can expect a minute-by-minute walk-through of his actions on June 12, 1994, including pointed questions about his claim he was chipping golf balls in his front yard.
Petrocelli left unasked what likely will be the toughest questions for Simpson: An explanation of the cuts on his left hand - cuts the plaintiffs say Simpson sustained from the death-grip fingernails of Nicole Brown Simpson or Ronald Goldman.
Simpson has given several explanations for the cuts in his interview with police and during his 11-day deposition, saying on various occasions that he cut himself at least three times that week, before and after the killings.
Simpson will also be called upon to explain the physical evidence against him, from the bloody glove behind his house to the blood with his DNA type at the crime scene to the bloody socks with Nicole Brown Simpson's DNA type in his bedroom.