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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 9, 1995 - 5A

Simpson to marry Barbieri,
according to newspaper

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Re-
public (AP) - O.J. Simpson headed to
the Dominican Republic yesterday for a
speedy marriage to model Paula Barbieri,
according to a local newspaper.
In a front-page report, the Listin
Diario newspaper quoted unidentified
sources as saying Simpson and Barbieri
left Los Angeles on Saturday for Miami
and were to fly on a private plane to the
Dominican Republic yesterday.
There was no confirmation of the
report. Dominican immigration officials
would not say whether Simpson had
arrived or planned to arrive. Several
Dominican airports and the U.S. Em-
bassy also said they had no information
about the reports.
The marriage rumors started surfacing
in the Italian media Friday, justthree days
after a jury in Los Angeles acquitted
Simpson in the murders of his ex-wife
Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend,
Ronald Goldman, on June 12, 1994.
Listin Diario is the newspaper that
broke the news of Michael Jackson's
marriage to Lisa Marie Presley in the
Dominican Republic last year. The

AP PHOTO
0.3. Simpson escorts model/actress Paula Barbieri at the Frank Sinatra Gala In 1993.

country offers speedy marriages that
require only one witness and a brief
ceremony in front of a judge.
Listin Diario said its sources indi-

cated Simpson, 48, and Barbieri, a 28-
year-old model and actress, were ac-
companied by Simpson's lawyerF. Lee
Bailey and friends Al Cowlings and
Roger King.

AP PHOTO
D.J. Simpson Juror Brenda Moran (left) and Gina Rosborough leave the studio after Moran appeared on CNN's "Larry King
Live" show Friday.

Simpson'urors talk
about de berations

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When they
fially got down to it, jurors in O.J.
simpson's murder trial said, their deci-
lion wasn't about race, domestic vio-
ence or Simpson's stature. It was about
i lack of evidence.
Less than five hours after beginning
:eliberations, counting the lunch break,
the 10 women and two men who lived
inder guard for nine months were in
agreement.
Simpson was acquitted.
Panelist Brenda Moran said they
:idn't decide a moment too soon.
"We've taken this case serious for
nine months," she said the day after
Simpson's acquittal was announced. "It
:idn't take us nine more months to
figure it out. We're not that ignorant."
Since declaring Simpson innocent of
killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown
Simpson and her friend Ronald
Goldman, about half of the 12 jurors
bave spoken publicly about their deci-
sion. All are in seclusion, fielding a
barrage of interview requests, some of
them from tabloids reportedly offering
up to $100,000.
From the moment they left Judge
Lance Ito's courtroom on Sept. 29, the
jurors haven't spent time second-guess-
ing themselves.

It took them just three minutes to
choose a forewoman.
At 10 a.m., juror Lionel Cryer told
the Los Angeles Times, they took a
straw vote. It was 10-2 in favor of
acquittal. One ofthe two negative votes
came from a 61-year-old white woman,
Anise Aschenbach, who would later
tearfully say that while Simpson may
be guilty, the evidence didn't prove it.
The other dissenter has not been iden-
tified.
After the straw vote, some questions
were still unresolved, and the testimony
of limo driver Allan Park was requested
read back.
Among the questions that jurors said
troubled them:
* Where, exactly, did Park see a
shadowy figure at Simpson's estate?
* What was that unidentified person
wearing?
How many cars were in the drive-
way?
While waiting for the reading, they
voted again and came out unanimous.
As for the initial holdouts, juror Sheila
Woods said, "I think what they did,
they listened to the other 10 explain
why they thought there was reasonable
doubt, and then in the next vote, it was
a 12 unanimous, not guilty (decision)."

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