Some of the key events Monday in the O.J. Simpson murder trial:

* SUMMARY: Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito reversed field and directed a potentially important defense witness, housekeeper Rosa Lopez, to testify outside the presence of the jury. Her testimony is being recorded on videotape and could be used if she leaves the country and refuses to return to testify in person. In another development, defense attorneys asked for more records regarding LAPD Detective Mark Fuhrman, seeking evidence that he may be a racist or that he boasted of a relationship with Nicole Brown Simpson.

* WITNESSES: Rosa Lopez, a housekeeper who lived and worked next door to Simpson, testified that she saw Simpson’s Ford Bronco parked outside his house about the time that prosecutors believe the murders were being committed two miles away. She also said the car did not appear to have been moved any time between about 8 p.m. on the night of the killings and the following morning.

* COMING UP: Lopez returns to the stand today. When she completes her testimony, Detective Tom Lange, one of the lead investigators in the case, will return to the witness stand.


“This was not intentional. It was not willful.”

--Defense lawyer Carl Douglas, explaining why some evidence regarding Lopez was not shared with prosecutors