|June 12, 1994
||Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are stabbed to
Their bodies found in the front courtyard of the Nicole's
|June 13, 1994
||O.J. Simpson is notified of the murders while on a
Chicago. He returns to Los Angeles, is temporarily
taken in for questioning. Robert Shapiro is
behalf and asked to become defense counsel.
|June 16, 1994
||The funerals of the victims are held.
|June 17, 1994
||About to be arrested for murder, Simpson slips out of
home. He is chased by police while riding in his
driven by friend A.C. Cowlings. When he returns to
his home on
Simpson is taken into custody.
|June 24, 1994
||Grand jury recused.
|July 8, 1994
||Six-day preliminary hearing ends with Judge Kathleen
ruling there is sufficient evidence for O.J. Simpson to
stand trial on
two counts of first-degree murder.
|July 22, 1994
||O.J. pleads "absolutely 100 percent not guilty" to the
Judge Lance A. Ito assigned to hear case.
|August 18, 1994
||Defense counsel files motion to obtain personnel records
|September 2, 1994
||District attorney files motion to sequester jury.
|September 9, 1994
||District attorney announces that the death penalty will
|September 19, 1994
||Judge Ito upholds the legality of the search of
|November 3, 1994
||Jury panel selected: eight black, one white, one
race; eight women, four men.
|December 8, 1994
||Alternate jury selected.
|January 4, 1995
||Defense waives hearing for challenge of prosecution's
|January 11, 1995
||The jury is sequestered. Hearing held on
|January 13, 1995
||Prosecutor Christopher Darden and defense attorney
argue over racist language regarding the upcoming
testimony of Mark
|January 24, 1995
||Trial opens. Prosecutors Marcia Clark and
deliver opening statements.
|January 25, 1995
||Johnnie Cochran makes opening statement for the defense.
|January 27, 1995
||O.J. Simpson's book, I Want to Tell You, is
|February 3, 1995
||Nicole Brown's sister Denise testifies about O.J.
|February 12, 1995
||Jurors take field trip to Simpson home and Bundy Drive
|March 15, 1995
||Detective Mark Fuhrman, cross-examined by defense
denies using the word "nigger" at any time in the previous
|April 11, 1995
||L.A.P.D. criminalist Dennis Fung concedes, under
by defense attorney Barry Scheck, procedural errors.
|April 21, 1995
||After three sheriff's deputies are reassigned, jurors
They first refuse to come to court, then show up dressed
|May 4, 1995
||Wrongful death suit filed on behalf of the Goldmans.
|May 10, 1995
||DNA testimony begins.
|May 15, 1995
||Simpson tries on the bloody gloves. They seem not
|July 6, 1995
||The prosecution rests.
|July 10, 1995
||The defense calls its first witness, Arnelle Simpson,
|August 15, 1995
||Controversy over possible conflict of interest
Marchia Clark asks Ito to recuse himself from Simpson
|August 16, 1995
||Clark changes her mind on Ito recusal.
|August 18, 1995
||Superior court judge John Reid rules that Captain York's
is not relevant to Simpson trial.
|August 29, 1995
||Fuhrman tapes played in court, with jury absent.
|August 31, 1995
||Judge Ito rules that jury will hear two excerpts of
|September 5, 1995
||The jury hears excerpts from Fuhrman tapes.
|September 6, 1995
||With jury absent, Mark Fuhrman appears on stand.
answer questions, citing his Fifth Amendment privilege
|September 7, 1995
||The defense announces that Simpson won't testify on his
The defense asks Judge Ito to instruct jury as to reason
further nonappearance. Judge agrees, but prosecution
The question is appealed.
|September 8, 1995
||Appeals court rejects Ito's jury instruction.
|September 11, 1995
||Defense refuses to rest their case due to the unresolved
judge's instruction to jury concerning Fuhrman.
Judge Ito orders
prosecution to begin its rebuttal.
|September 18, 1995
||Prosecution conditionally rests its case.
|September 19, 1995
||Detective Vannatter is cross-examined by Shapiro on
statements he made
to mob informants about why police went to O.J. Simpson's
|September 21, 1995
||Both defense and prosecution rest their cases. In
to judge waiving his right to testify, Simpson says "I did
and would not have committed this crime." Judge Ito
|Sept. 26 & 27, 1995
||Clark and Darden deliver prosecution's closing
|Sept. 27 & 28, 1995
||Cochran and Scheck deliver defense's closing
makes controversial statements to the jury comparing
Fuhrman to Hitler.
|September 29, 1995
||The case goes to the jury.
|October 2, 1995
||After less than four hours, jury announces that it has
reached a verdict.
|October 3, 1995
||Jury finds O.J. Simpson not guilty of two counts of
|October 23, 1996
||Opening statements in civil trial. Jury consists
one black, one Hispanic, and one person of mixed Asian and
|November 22, 1996
||Simpson testifies before a jury for the first
killing Goldman or his former wife, but cannot explain the
|December 9, 1996
||Fred Goldman, Ron's father, testifies. Plaintiffs
|December 20, 1996
||Simpson awarded custody of his children by an Orange
|January 10, 1997
||Simpson on the stand again.
|January 16, 1997
||Both sides rest. Jury has heard 101 witnesses over
|January 21, 1997
||Closing argument of Daniel Petrocelli for the
points at Simpson and says, "There's a killer in this
|January 22, 1997
||Closing argument by Robert Baker, representing Simpson.
|February 4, 1997
||Jury finds Simpson liable and awards plaintiffs $8.5
|March 26, 1997
||Court orders Simpson to turn over his assets, including
trophy, a Warhol painting, and his golf clubs.
|July 14, 1997
||The Brentwood estate is auctioned off (and the new owner
|June 30, 1998
||Simpson's attorneys appeal wrongful death award against
award "excessive and the clear result of passion and
prejudice on the
of the jury."
|November 2, 1998
||Brown and Goldman families split proceeds from an
|May 10, 1999
||O. J. Simpson and the Browns negotiate a custody
two Simpson children.