On October 3, 1995, O.J. Simpson was acquitted of the charge of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and a visitor at the house, Ron Goldman, following a trial that had viewers glued to their television screens. See if you know the following facts about the murders and the trial.
Simpson and His Wife Had Divorced Three Years Before the Murders Simpson and Brown married in 1985, and the former football star was charged four years later with spousal battery, although his wife dropped the charge. Simpson paid a fine and stated that neither was hurt in the altercation, although his wife had bruises and a cut lip, a photo of which was presented as evidence in the trial. In 1992, irreconcilable differences were the grounds for the divorce filed by Simpson; however, following their separation, they still spent time together.
The Dog Alerted Neighbors That Something Was Wrong The murders of Brown and Goldman occurred Sunday night, June 12, 1994. Brown was slashed and stabbed repeatedly and 25-year-old Goldman was stabbed around 30 times. It might have been longer before the bodies were discovered if it weren’t for Brown’s Akita. The pet was covered in blood and howling, and that attracted the attention of a neighbor, who entered the house and found the bodies.
Simpson Had Trouble Explaining the Cut on His Hand Police noticed that Simpson had a badly cut hand, which he had difficulty explaining. At first, he said he could not remember how it happened. Later he said it might have happened when he was reaching into his Bronco on the same night the murders happened. The interview with police failed to follow up on pertinent lines of questioning, so it wasn’t helpful to either prosecutors or defense lawyers and was never introduced as evidence in the trial.
Authorities Were Alerted When Simpson Did Not Turn Himself In Simpson was scheduled to turn himself in on June 17 by 10:00 a.m., the day after Nicole’s funeral, but he didn’t show up. When officers and Simpson’s lawyer went to his home, they found him gone, and he was discovered riding in A.C. Cowlings’ Bronco in what was probably the slowest police chase in history. Soon, the area was full of police cars, helicopters and private citizens wondering where it would all lead, but Simpson was finally taken into custody in the driveway of his home.
A Glove Found Near the Crime Scene Contained Simpson’s DNA Shoe prints and a glove were found at the murder site, and the prints from the shoes matched the size and type worn by Simpson. His blood also matched some of the drops found at the crime scene, and it was known that he had bought a stiletto. Following Simpson’s inability to put on the glove in front of the jury, a passionate plea by defense attorney Johnny Cochran that “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” may have helped sway the jury into presenting a verdict of not guilty in the sensational trial that lasted 252 days.