12th June
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1994 OJ Simpson Accused Of Murder

OJ's wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, had been found brutally stabbed to death outside Nicole's home in Brentwood, California.

It was to become the most famous trial in the world, and, with seemingly overwhelming evidence against former baseball player and now actor, OJ Simpson, the outcome seemed sure.

OJ certainly seemed like he was trying to escape. He took off with a friend on 17th June after saying he would turn himself in. He had with him a disguise, $10,000 in cash and his passport. OJ threatened to kill himself when police tried to stop his car. He would eventually give himself up to police at his Brentwood home.

The evidence against OJ:

  • His blood was apparently found at the murder scene.
  • Blood hair and fibers from Brown and Goldman were allegedly found in Simpson's car and at his home.
  • Police say that one of his gloves was found inside Nicole's home and outside OJ's house.
  • Bloody footprints at the scene seemed to match those of OJ's shoes.

The defense team defended Simpson by saying the police force was racist and planted evidence on him.

OJ was found not guilty by the jury.

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