|June 12, 1994
||Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are stabbed to
death. Their bodies found in the front courtyard of
the Nicole's condominium in Brentwood.
|June 13, 1994
||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
|June 16, 1994
||The funerals of the victims are held.
|June 17, 1994
||About to be arrested for murder, Simpson slips out of
Robert Kardashian's home. He is chased by police
while riding in his white Ford Bronco, driven by friend
A.C. Cowlings. When he returns to his home on
Rockingham, Simpson is taken into custody.
|June 24, 1994
||Grand jury recused.
|July 8, 1994
||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
|July 22, 1994
||O.J. pleads "absolutely 100 percent not guilty" to the
charges. Judge Lance A. Ito assigned to hear case.
|August 18, 1994
||Defense counsel files motion to obtain personnel records
of Detective Mark Fuhrman.
|September 2, 1994
||District attorney files motion to sequester jury.
|September 9, 1994
||District attorney announces that the death penalty will
not be sought.
|September 19, 1994
||Judge Ito upholds the legality of the search of
|November 3, 1994
||Jury panel selected: eight black, one white, one
Hispanic, two mixed 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
admissibility of domestic-abuse evidence.
|January 13, 1995
||Prosecutor Christopher Darden and defense attorney
Johnnie Cochran argue over racist language regarding the
upcoming testimony of Mark Fuhrman.
|January 24, 1995
||Trial opens. Prosecutors Marcia Clark and
Christopher Darden 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.
Simpson's abuse of her sister.
|February 12, 1995
||Jurors take field trip to Simpson home and Bundy Drive
|March 15, 1995
||Detective Mark Fuhrman, cross-examined by defense
attorney F. Lee Bailey, 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
cross-examination by defense attorney Barry Scheck,
|April 21, 1995
||After three sheriff's deputies are reassigned, jurors
protest. 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
|July 6, 1995
||The prosecution rests.
|July 10, 1995
||The defense calls its first witness, Arnelle Simpson,
O.J. Simpson's daughter.
|August 15, 1995
||Controversy over possible conflict of interest
concerning Judge Ito. 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
testimony 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 refuses to answer questions, citing his Fifth Amendment
privilege against self incrimination.
|September 7, 1995
||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.
|September 8, 1995
||Appeals court rejects Ito's jury instruction.
|September 11, 1995
||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
|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 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.
|Sept. 26 & 27, 1995
||Clark and Darden deliver prosecution's closing
|Sept. 27 & 28, 1995
||Cochran and Scheck deliver defense's closing
arguments. Cochran 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
of nine whites, one black, one Hispanic, and one person of
mixed Asian and African ancestry.
|November 22, 1996
||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.
|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
41 days of testimony.
|January 21, 1997
||Closing argument of Daniel Petrocelli for the
plaintiffs. Petrocelli 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 in in compensatory damages.
|March 26, 1997
||Court orders Simpson to turn over his assets, including
1968 Heisman trophy, a Warhol painting, and his golf
|July 14, 1997
||The Brentwood estate is auctioned off (and the new owner
soon demolishes it).
|June 30, 1998
||Simpson's attorneys appeal wrongful death award against
him, calling award "excessive and the clear result of
passion and prejudice on the part of the jury."
|November 2, 1998
||Brown and Goldman families split proceeds from an
auction of O. J. Simpson's belongings.
|May 10, 1999
||O. J. Simpson and the Browns negotiate a custody
arrangement for the two Simpson children.