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WITNESS LINKS SHOES TO SIMPSON.

Byline: Linda Deutsch Associated Press

The dark, dull-finish sport shoes photographed on O.J. Simpson's feet at a 1993 football game match an expensive Italian model that left bloody shoe prints at the killing scene, an FBI expert testified Wednesday.

In the most incriminating new piece of evidence to surface in Simpson's wrongful death trial, William Bodziak used the magic of computer enhancement to show jurors that the soles on Simpson's shoes in a picture were identical to the Bruno Magli Lorenzo style shoe in size 12, Simpson's size.

He then showed, with sophisticated vinyl overlays, that the bloody footprints fit the grooves of the Magli shoe sole.

``I determined that the shoe depicted in this photograph of the right foot of Mr. Simpson is a Bruno Magli Lorenzo shoe,'' Bodziak said. ``The left shoe features also corresponded with the Bruno Magli design.''

Simpson has denied in deposition testimony that he ever owned such shoes, saying they were too ugly for his taste.

Using blow-up pictures of bloody footprints - some of them leading away from the crumpled body of Nicole Brown Simpson lying in a pool of blood - Bodziak showed how a unique shoe print could be discerned. He told jurors that he tracked the shoes to the Bruno Magli factory in Italy, found out only 299 pair were ever sold in the United States and said, ``It was a very limited production shoe.''

Jurors leaned forward in their seats to see the photo, which surfaced after Simpson was acquitted in the criminal trial. The picture, taken by Buffalo, N.Y., free-lance photographer Harry Scull, shows a smiling Simpson striding across the end zone at a Sept. 26, 1993, Buffalo Bills football game.

Defense lawyers, who get to cross-examine Bodziak today, have said they will demonstrate that the picture was phony.

Bodziak, a footwear examiner with the FBI since 1970, took the stand after the case's human time clock, limousine driver Allan Park, gave jurors the most detailed description yet of Simpson's movements the night of the murders.

Park, whose testimony was based on cellular phone records, came under defense attack for his claim that he saw neither Simpson nor his Bronco during a critical half hour he spent waiting outside Simpson's estate. Park conceded he wasn't looking for vehicles and can't be sure the Bronco was absent.

``I wasn't looking for a car,'' he said. ``I was looking for an address.''

Park has always insisted the Bronco was not on the street where Simpson said it was parked late on June 12, 1994. He was just as resolute under questioning by plaintiff attorney Daniel Petrocelli.

He said he arrived about 10:22 p.m., parked around the corner because he was early for his 10:45 pickup, sat on a curb smoking, pulled into the driveway about 10:40, rang the call button at the gate and received no answer.

The plaintiffs, who are suing Simpson for the wrongful deaths of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman, claim Simpson was two miles away killing his ex-wife and her friend. The exact time of their deaths has been disputed in both trials.

The plaintiffs insist that even if the killings were as late as 10:40 to 10:50, Simpson had time to kill, ditch bloody clothing and a murder weapon, get home, crash into an air conditioner behind his house and appear before Park for the limo ride at 11:05.
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