Timeline of major events in the O.J. Simpson case


A timeline of major events preceding O.J. Simpson's conviction Friday in Las Vegas:

June 12, 1994: O.J. Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, found dead in Los Angeles.

Oct. 3, 1995: Simpson acquitted of two counts of murder in Los Angeles.

February 1997: Simpson found liable for compensatory and punitive damages in wrongful death civil lawsuit; ordered to pay $33.5 million to Goldman, Nicole Brown Simpson estates.

July 1997: Bank claims Simpson's Brentwood mansion in foreclosure sale. Goldman family lawyers seek Simpson assets to satisfy civil judgment.

September 1997: Simpson moves out of Brentwood house.

Feb. 16, 1999: Simpson's Heisman Trophy, other memorabilia auctioned; bidder later sets them afire.

Oct. 24, 2001: Simpson cleared of all charges in a Florida case involving an alleged road-rage incident. He is represented by attorney Yale Galanter.

Nov. 20, 2006: Publisher cancels book, "If I Did It," amid controversy. Simpson calls ghostwritten book a fictional account of how he might have killed his ex-wife and her friend.

July 30, 2007: Federal bankruptcy judge in Miami awards the rights of Simpson's canceled "If I Did It" book to the Goldman family to satisfy wrongful death judgment.

August 2007: Simpson fan, memorabilia dealer Alfred Beardsley calls collectibles broker Thomas Riccio to arrange sale of Simpson items in Las Vegas.

Aug. 21, 2007: Riccio tells FBI that Simpson plans to confront a collector he believes is peddling stolen Simpson memorabilia; testifies the FBI told him it was a civil matter.

Sept. 12, 2007: Simpson arrives in Las Vegas for friend Tom Scotto's wedding.

Sept. 13, 2007: The Goldmans publish Simpson's book under the title: "If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer."

Sept. 13, 2007: Simpson, Clarence "C.J." Stewart, Walter "Goldie" Alexander, Michael "Spencer" McClinton, Charles Ehrlich and Charles Cashmore confront memorabilia dealers Beardsley and Bruce Fromong in Riccio's room at Palace Station casino hotel. Riccio secretly records it. Beardsley, Fromong report an armed robbery.

Sept. 14, 2007: Simpson tells The Associated Press no guns were involved and some of the items taken had been stolen from him.

Sept. 15, 2007: Police arrest Alexander at McCarran International Airport. Simpson attends Scotto's wedding in Las Vegas.

Sept. 16, 2007: Simpson arrested at The Palms.

Sept. 17, 2007: Stewart surrenders to police, turns over items taken from hotel room. Fromong hospitalized in Los Angeles after suffering heart attack.

Sept. 18, 2007: McClinton surrenders to police. Simpson, McClinton, Stewart, Alexander charged with nine felonies, including kidnapping.

Sept. 19, 2007: Simpson freed on $125,000 bail, returns home to Miami. Beardsley arrested on California parole violation. Cashmore surrenders to police.

Sept. 21, 2007: Ehrlich turns himself in at court.

Oct. 15, 2007: Cashmore, Alexander take plea deals, agree to testify against Simpson.

Oct. 29, 2007: McClinton takes plea deal, agrees to testify against Simpson.

Nov. 14, 2007: Las Vegas judge binds Simpson, Stewart, Ehrlich over for trial in state court on 12 charges, including kidnapping, conspiracy, armed robbery. Alexander depicts Simpson as mastermind of scheme to recover possessions. McClinton testifies he brought two guns, wielded one, gave another to Alexander. Cashmore testifies he went along to help Simpson carry items.

Nov. 16, 2007: Simpson leaves recorded phone message with bail bondsman Miguel Pereira to tell Stewart about how upset Simpson is about preliminary hearing testimony.

Nov. 28, 2007: Simpson, Stewart, Ehrlich plead not guilty to all 12 charges.

Jan. 11: Pereira retrieves Simpson from Miami, brings him to Clark County jail pending hearing on whether the Nov. 16 message violated court order not to contact co-defendants.

Jan. 16: Clark County District Court Judge Jackie Glass reprimands Simpson, doubles his bail to $250,000.

March 7: Glass postpones trial from April 7 to Sept. 8.

Aug. 4: Ehrlich takes plea deal, agrees to testify against Simpson.

August: Nevada Supreme Court denies several requests by Stewart's lawyers to sever his case from Simpson's or to delay trial.

Sept. 8: Jury selection begins for Simpson, Stewart on 12 charges, including kidnapping, armed robbery, conspiracy, coercion, burglary, assault with a deadly weapon.

Sept. 15-Oct. 1: Trial testimony.

Oct. 2: Closing arguments.

Oct. 3: Jury returns verdict. Simpson found guilty on all counts.

SOURCES: AP reporting, Las Vegas police arrest reports, Clark County District Court, Las Vegas Justice Court records.

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

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