|June 12, 1994
||Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are stabbed to
Their bodies found in the front courtyard of the Nicole's condominium
|June 13, 1994
||O.J. Simpson is notified of the murders while on a business
Chicago. He returns to Los Angeles, is temporarily handcuffed,
taken in for questioning. Robert Shapiro is contacted on
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 Robert
home. He is chased by police while riding in his white Ford
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 of
|September 2, 1994
||District attorney files motion to sequester jury.
|September 9, 1994
||District attorney announces that the death penalty will not
|September 19, 1994
||Judge Ito upholds the legality of the search of Simpson's
|November 3, 1994
||Jury panel selected: eight black, one white, one hispanic,
race; eight women, four men.
|December 8, 1994
||Alternate jury selected.
|January 4, 1995
||Defense waives hearing for challenge of prosecution's DNA
|January 11, 1995
||The jury is sequestered. Hearing held on admissibility
|January 13, 1995
||Prosecutor Christopher Darden and defense attorney Johnnie
argue over racist language regarding the upcoming testimony of Mark
|January 24, 1995
||Trial opens. Prosecutors Marcia Clark and Christopher
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 published.
|February 3, 1995
||Nicole Brown's sister Denise testifies about O.J. Simpson's
|February 12, 1995
||Jurors take field trip to Simpson home and Bundy Drive crime
|March 15, 1995
||Detective Mark Fuhrman, cross-examined by defense attorney F.
denies using the word "nigger" at any time in the previous ten years.
|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 in black.
|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 to
|July 6, 1995
||The prosecution rests.
|July 10, 1995
||The defense calls its first witness, Arnelle Simpson, O.J.
|August 15, 1995
||Controversy over possible conflict of interest concerning
Marchia Clark asks Ito to recuse himself from Simpson trial.
|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. He
answer questions, citing his Fifth Amendment privilege against self
|September 7, 1995
||The defense announces that Simpson won't testify on his own
The defense asks Judge Ito to instruct jury as to reason for Fuhrman's
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 residence.
|September 21, 1995
||Both defense and prosecution rest their cases. In a
to judge waiving his right to testify, Simpson says "I did not, could
and would not have committed this crime." Judge Ito gives jury
|Sept. 26 & 27, 1995
||Clark and Darden deliver prosecution's closing arguments.
|Sept. 27 & 28, 1995
||Cochran and Scheck deliver defense's closing arguments.
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 murder.
|October 23, 1996
||Opening statements in civil trial. Jury consists of
one black, one Hispanic, and one person of mixed Asian and African
|November 22, 1996
||Simpson testifies before a jury for the first time. He
killing Goldman or his former wife, but cannot explain the physical
|December 9, 1996
||Fred Goldman, Ron's father, testifies. Plaintiffs rest.
|December 20, 1996
||Simpson awarded custody of his children by an Orange County
|January 10, 1997
||Simpson on the stand again.
|January 16, 1997
||Both sides rest. Jury has heard 101 witnesses over 41
|January 21, 1997
||Closing argument of Daniel Petrocelli for the
points at Simpson and says, "There's a killer in this courtroom."
|January 22, 1997
||Closing argument by Robert Baker, representing Simpson.
|February 4, 1997
||Jury finds Simpson liable and awards plaintiffs $8.5 million
|March 26, 1997
||Court orders Simpson to turn over his assets, including 1968
trophy, a Warhol painting, and his golf clubs.
|July 14, 1997
||The Brentwood estate is auctioned off (and the new owner soon
|June 30, 1998
||Simpson's attorneys appeal wrongful death award against him,
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 auction of
|May 10, 1999
||O. J. Simpson and the Browns negotiate a custody arrangement
two Simpson children.