O.J. Simpson Murder Trial

  • The Crime

    Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are stabbed to death. Their bodies found in the front courtyard of the Nicole's condominium in Brentwood
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    O.J. Murder Trial

  • The Questioning

    O.J. Simpson is notified of the murders while on a business trip in Chicago. he returns to Los Angeles, is temporarily handcuffed, and taken in for questioning. Robert Shapiro is contacted on Simpson's behalf and asked to become defense counsel
  • Victims Funeral

    The funerals of the victims are held
  • The Arrest

    Before being arrested for murder, O.J. slips out of Robert Kardashian's home. He is chased by police riding in his white Ford Bronco, but When he returns to his home on Rockingham, he is taken into custody.
  • Preliminary hearing

    Six-day preliminary hearing ends with Judge Kathleen Kennedy-Powell ruling there is sufficient evidence for O.J. Simpson to stand trial on two counts of first-degree murder
  • Not Guilty

    O.J. pleads "absolutely 100 percent not guilty" to the charges. Judge Lance A. Ito assigned to hear case.
  • The Councel

    Defense counsel files motion to obtain personnel records of Detective Mark Fuhrman.
  • District Attorney

    District attorney announces that the death penalty will not be sought.
  • The Search

    Judge Ito upholds the legality of the search of Simpson's home.
  • The Jurry

    Alternate jury selected.
  • The Evidence

    The jury is sequestered. Hearing held on admissibility of domestic-abuse evidence.
  • Denise Testifies

    Nicole Brown's sister Denise testifies about O.J. Simpson's abuse of her sister.
  • L.A.P.D.

    L.A.P.D. criminalist Dennis Fung concedes, under cross-examination by defense attorney Barry Scheck, procedural errors.
  • Testimony Begins

    DNA testimony begins.
  • The Prosecution

    The prosecution rests.
  • First Witness

    The defense calls its first witness, Arnelle Simpson, O.J. Simpson's daughter.
  • Fuhrman Tapes

    The jury hears excerpts from Fuhrman tapes.
  • Simpson Won't Testify

    The defense announces that Simpson won't testify on his own behalf. The defense asks Judge Ito to instruct jury as to reason for Fuhrman's further nonappearance. Judge agrees, but prosecution objects. The question is appealed.
  • Defense Refusal

    Defense refuses to rest their case due to the unresolved question of judge's instruction to jury concerning Fuhrman. Judge Ito orders prosecution to begin its rebuttal.
  • Case at Rest

    Both defense and prosecution rest their cases. In a statement to judge waiving his right to testify, Simpson says "I did not, could not, and would not have committed this crime." Judge Ito gives jury instructions
  • The Case and The Jury

    The case goes to the jury.
  • The Verdict Not Guilty

    Jury finds O.J. Simpson not guilty of two counts of murder.
  • The Unexplained

    Simpson testifies before a jury for the first time. He denies killing Goldman or his former wife, but cannot explain the physical evidence against him.
  • Simpson Testifies

    Simpson testifies before a jury for the first time. He denies killing Goldman or his former wife, but cannot explain the physical evidence against him.
  • Custody

    Simpson awarded custody of his children by an Orange County judge.
  • On Stand

    Simpson on the stand again.
  • Daniel Petrocelli Closing arguments

    Closing argument of Daniel Petrocelli for the plaintiffs. Petrocelli points at Simpson and says, "There's a killer in this courtroom."
  • Simpson Liable

    Jury finds Simpson liable and awards plaintiffs $8.5 million in in compensatory damages.
  • The Assets

    Court orders Simpson to turn over his assets, including 1968 Heisman trophy, a Warhol painting, and his golf clubs.
  • The Proceeds Split

    Brown and Goldman families split proceeds from an auction of O. J. Simpson's belongings.
  • The Negotiation

    O. J. Simpson and the Browns negotiate a custody arrangement for the two Simpson children.