SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 10 -- A police nurse testified Tuesday that he was only guessing when he estimated the amount of blood he took from O.J. Simpson and realized his mistake after the football legend's lawyers alleged some blood was missing. Thano Peratis acknowledged testifying early on in Simpson's murder case that he had withdrawn 8 cubic centimeters of blood from his most famous patient.
He said he determined, though, that he had collected only 6 to 6.5 ccs after Simpson's criminal defense team suggested that 1.5 ccs were missing. 'That was based on a guess, that was it,' Peratis said of his earliest estimate. 'I was wrong. I should not have made that statement. ' Peratis said he realized he had given the wrong estimate because he had used a different type of syringe than usual to collect Simpson's blood because the football legend was muscular, but that he estimated the amount based on the size of the tube he regularly uses. Simpson's lawyers contend the nurse's original estimate of 8 ccs was correct, and that police can only account for 6.5 ccs. The defense team has long suggested that police sprinkled some of the blood on crucial evidence to frame Simpson for the killings of his ex-wife, Nicole, and her friend, Ron Goldman. Simpson was acquitted in October 1995 of murder charges in connection with their deaths. Another jury is now being asked to determine if a preponderance of the evidence suggests Simpson is responsible for the killings and if he should pay damages to Nicole Simpson's estate and Goldman's parents.