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O.J. Simpson trial: Jury acquits Simpson of murder

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(Court TV) -- Developments in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson from October 2-3, 1995

After deliberating for less than four hours, the jury announced that it has reached a verdict.

The quick verdict surprised many legal analysts, who had predicted it would take anywhere from two days to two months.

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When Judge Lance Ito called the jury of 10 women and two men back into court, he said: "You buzzed three times and indicated that after receiving the verdict form that you have reached a verdict in this case. Is that correct, Madam Forewoman?"

"Yes," replied the 51-year-old black woman who was elected by the jurors to lead the panel.

Earlier in the day, jurors asked to re-hear testimony from the limousine driver who drove Simpson to the airport shortly after the murders.

The request for a readback of Allan Park's testimony suggested the jurors were looking at the critical issue of whether Simpson had enough time to kill Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.

Park, who picked Simpson up for a trip to the airport, was considered one of the most important time-line witnesses, joining houseguest Brian "Kato" Kaelin, the last person known to see Simpson before the murders. Their testimony created a 78-minute window of opportunity for Simpson to commit the murders.

Simpson contended he was at home preparing for a trip to Chicago, but he presented no alibi testimony.

Park said he arrived at Simpson's house at 10:22 pm the night of the murders and didn't see Simpson's Bronco parked outside when he was searching the curb for street numbers. Park testified that at 10:55 pm he saw a large, shadowy figure of an African-American person at the front door of Simpson's Rockingham estate. Moments later, Simpson answered the intercom that Park had been sounding for 15 minutes.

The verdict is announced -- not guilty. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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