An Overview of the OJ Simpson Murder Trial, the Trial of the Century
Few court trials received as much attention as the OJ Simpson murder trial, both before and after the trial. Professional athlete, actor, and sports newscaster O.J. Simpson were charged with the double homicide of Nicole Brown Simpson, his ex-wife, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, a close personal friend and waiter.
This article provides an overview of the people involved, the court trial, and other stories related to the case.
About the Murders
The murder occurred in June 1994, and the criminal trial began in November 1994. The trial lasted eight months, and an initial verdict was announced in October 1995. At the time, the O.J. Simpson murder trial was touted as the most publicized trial in the country’s history and was closely followed by people worldwide.
On the night of the incident, Nicole and Ronald were found dead outside her condominium in California. Both bodies were discovered on the entranceway to the condo. Crucial evidence suggested the involvement of OJ Simpson, and it was suspected that he was responsible for both of the murders.
Upon giving him the option to turn himself in, he did not report to the police station as notified. Still, he assembled a team of high-profile lawyers, including his close friend Robert Kardashian. They addressed the media with a public note from Simpson himself.
About the Trial
As the most publicized case in U.S. history, the state of California spent well over $20 million on trial. It garnered more attention than the infamous Charles Manson murders. The prosecution was convinced that Simpson was behind the murders despite a minimal amount of evidence linking him to the crimes.
The prosecutors used the DNA evidence found in the bloody footprints, hair samples, and different clothing articles at the crime scene and from his home. To prepare for his defense, the former athlete brought together a formidable legal team, including Robert Shapiro, F. Lee Bailey, Johnnie Cochran, and Alan Dershowitz.
After several months of intense trial proceedings, the jury announced the verdict of “not guilty” on both murder counts. Despite the telling DNA evidence, the lack of conviction was blamed upon the mismanagement of the case by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
Simpson Arrested Again
In 2007, Simpson was arrested on six charges of assault, conspiracy, burglary, and robbery. With an initial bail bond set at $125,000, the football player-turned-actor pleaded not guilty to the charges of assault, theft, and kidnapping. His bail amount was doubled in January 2008.
By September that year, O.J. Simpson was found guilty of 12 counts of armed robbery and kidnapping. Simpson was then sentenced to a term of 33 years in prison. However, he was eligible for parole after serving nine years. In 2009, his lawyers re-appealed to the court, but the Nevada Supreme Court upheld the sentence.
In July 2013, he received parole for some of the charges levied in 2008, but other charges are still in place. The “Juice” remained in prison until October 1, 2017.
New Book By Private Investigator Bill Dear Claims that O.J. Simpson is Not Guilty
Book Reveals New Evidence and Theories About The Murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
After seventeen years of investigating the infamous case, a Private Investigator named Bill Dear claims that O.J. Simpson is not guilty of the 1994 murders of Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman were brutally murdered at Nicole’s home on Bundy Drive in Brentwood, California, on June 12, 1994. The weeks and months that followed were full of spectacle, including a much-watched car chase and the eventual arrest of O. J. for the murders. The televised trial that followed was unlike any that the nation had ever seen. Long convinced of O. J.’s guilt; the world was shocked when the jury of the “trial of the century” read the verdict of not guilty.
The LAPD, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, mainstream media, and much of the world remain firmly convinced that O. J. got away with murder. According to private investigator William Dear, it is precisely this confidence that has led both the police and the public to overlook a far more likely suspect. Dear gathered more than sixteen years of investigation by his team of forensic experts and presented evidence that O. J. was not the killer.
In O. J. is Innocent and I Can Prove It, Dear makes the controversial but compelling case that it was, in fact, the “overlooked suspect,” his eldest son Jason, who committed the grisly murders. Sure to stir the pot and raise some eyebrows, this book is a must-read. 50 color illustrations.
Buy the book from Amazon.com – O.J. is Innocent, and I Can Prove It: The Shocking Truth about the Murders of Nicole Simpson and Ron Goldman.
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