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June 17th: O.J. is charged
with two counts of murder. He escapes in a white Ford Bronco.A low-speed chase takes place as millions tune in to watch. O.J. eventually surrenders and is taken into custody.
1995:The Trial Begins… January 23rd:
Opening statements by prosecution and defense. February 3rd - 6th: Nicole’s sister, Denise Brown, testiﬁes that O.J. had been abusive to Nicole.
February 7th: Nicole’s neighbor testiﬁes
that he heard the sound of a dog’s “plaintive wail” from near her home at 10:15 p.m. Prosecution estimates it as the time of the killings. March 9th - 16th: Detective Mark Fuhrman testiﬁes that he found bloody gloves at O.J.’s estate and says he has not used a racial slur in the past 10 years.
March 22nd - 28th:Testimony from
O.J.’s house guest Brian “Kato” Kaelin, who testiﬁes he last saw him at 9:35 p.m. on the night of the murders. Kaelin states O.J. had been “upset” with Nicole earlier that evening. March 28th: O.J.’s limo driver,Allan Park, says Simpson didn’t answer the door on the night of the murders until 11 p.m.
March 8th - 15th: DNA
lab director Robin Cotton links DNA evidence to O.J. June 2nd - 15th:The coroner shows the jury graphic photos of the murder and explains how they were killed.
June 15th: O.J. puts on
the leather gloves and tells the jury that “they don’t ﬁt.” July 11th:Witnesses claim to have not seen anything unusual at 10:20 p.m., bringing time of murder into question.
July 17th - 18th: O.J.’s
doctor backs up defense argument that O.J. had debilitating injuries from football career, but says he was physically capable of carrying out the murders. July 24th:A forensic toxicologist says he found evidence of blood preservative in two pieces of evidence, implying police planted the evidence.
August 2nd: Microbiologist John Gerdes
declares L.A. police crime lab is “by far” most contaminated he’s ever seen; casts doubt on most widely used DNA test. August 22nd - 28th: Henry Lee, forensics expert, testiﬁes to ﬁnding three shoe prints at crime scene that didn’t match O.J.’s Bruno Magli shoes and says police mishandled evidence.
August 29th: Excerpts of recorded
interviews between Fuhrman and screenwriter Laura Hart McKinny were played with jury absent. In calm, casual tone, Fuhrman uses n-word 41 times. September 5th: Five witnesses, including McKinny, testify to Fuhrman’s use of racial epithets within last 10 years.At hearing with jury out of room, Fuhrman invokes Fifth Amendment protection in further testimony.
September 11th: Defense refuses to
rest while appealing to Fuhrman; Ito orders prosecution to begin rebuttal. Five photographers testify about pictures of O.J. wearing gloves like ones linked to crime. September 22nd: Simpson gets a chance to address the jury without being cross- examined. He says,“he did not, would not, could not have committed this crime.”
September 26th: Clark begins her
closing arguments by blasting her former star witness — Mark Fuhrman — as a racist, but cautions that does not mean he planted key evidence at Simpson’s home.
September 27th: Christopher Darden wraps
up the prosecution closing arguments by portraying Simpson as consumed by jealous rage. Cochran then takes up for the defense, hammering home the theme,“If it doesn’t ﬁt, you must acquit.” October 3rd:Verdict of not guilty is announced, and O.J. Simpson is set free.
2007: O.J. writes a book
called If I Did It and describes how he might have killed Nicole and Ron. 2008: O.J. robs a hotel room at gunpoint. 2009: O.J. is sentenced to 33 years in prison.
Kendall Jenner’s middle name is
Nicole, after Nicole Brown Simpson. Faye Resnick appeared on the cover of Playboy in 1997. Kato Kaelin appeared on the cover of Playgirl in 1996. O.J. wrote his suicide note in Kim Kardashian’s bedroom. Faye Resnick appeared in Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Keeping UpWithThe Kardashians.
Millions tuned in to watch
on the day of the white Bronco chase, and Domino’s Pizza reported higher sales than on Super Bowl Sunday.
Robert Shapiro, Johnnie Cochran, Marcia
Clark, Kris Jenner, Faye Resnick, O.J. Simpson, Kim Goldman, the L.A. District Attorney, three jury members, and many more wrote books about the trial. 157 million people watched the verdict, which is approximately 57% of America.
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