CNN O.J. Simpson Trial

The Arrest

A Timeline

Sunday, June 12
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman are murdered. O.J. Simpson flies to Chicago for a promotional engagement just before midnight.

Monday, June 13
12:10 a.m. PST; the bodies of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman are found outside Ms. Simpson's Brentwood condominium. Four hours later, O.J. Simpson checks into a hotel near Chicago's airport. He checks out after being contacted by the Los Angeles Police Department and flies back to Los Angeles. Simpson arrives at his home about two miles from the crime scene at 11:30 a.m. Thirty minutes later, he is handcuffed by police briefly, uncuffed, and then taken away for three hours of questioning. No arrest was made.

Tuesday, June 14
News reports indicate blood stains found in O.J. Simpson's vehicle and in his driveway match the types discovered at the crime scene. The vehicle and a pair of sneakers are confiscated. Rumors that a bloody glove has been discovered prompt the first denials from Simpson's attorney, Howard Weitzman. In an interview, Weitzman said, "I have been told by law enforcement that there was no bloody glove found at Mr. Simpson's residence." Autopsy results indicate the victims died of sharp force injuries.

Wednesday, June 15
Police sources confirm a match of the blood stains found at the crime scene and at O.J. Simpson's home. Weitzman withdraws his role as Simpson's attorney citing his close personal friendship with his client. Robert Shapiro replaces him and has these official remarks for the press: "At the time that this murder took place, O.J. was at home waiting to get into a limousine to take him to the airport on a trip that had been planned well in advance for a promotional event in Chicago." Police would not confirm reports that Simpson is a suspect. Later, Simpson's Ford Bronco is broken into while in police custody at OPG Vertel's Towing Service.

Thursday, June 16
Responding to a tip, Chicago police scour a field near the hotel where Simpson stayed. A man fitting his description had been seen there. The search is for a potential murder weapon. Back in Los Angeles, Simpson attends the funeral of his slain ex-wife with the couple's two children. The family of Ronald Goldman eulogizes him at a separate service. Rumors surface challenging Simpson's alibi. The Los Angeles district attorney's office awaits lab reports needed to seek a warrant for Simpson's arrest.

Friday, June 17
close chase mug shot Simpson is charged with two counts of murder with special circumstances. He does not surrender. He remains at-large and is declared a fugitive. Approximately 6:45 p.m., the police spot a white Ford Bronco belonging to Simpson's friend Al Cowlings on an expressway. Simpson is a passenger and reportedly has a gun. The two lead police on a 60-mile low speed pursuit (2.6M Quicktime movie) through southern Los Angeles. At 8:00 p.m., the vehicle arrives at Simpson's Brentwood mansion. Negotiations with Police begin. At 8:51 p.m., O.J. Simpson surrenders, clutching a family photo. He is arrested and jailed without bail.

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LAPD "actively searching" for O.J. Simpson
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LA District Attorney warns those assisting Simpson
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Shapiro's plea to Simpson: "surrender immediately"
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The Prosecution Team

Chief Prosecutor

Marcia Clark


William Hodgman
Lisa Kahn

Prosecution DNA Experts

Rockne Harmon
Cheri Lewis
Diana Summerhayes

Deputy District Attorneys

Lydia Bodin
George Clarke
Christopher Darden
Hank Goldberg
Scott Gordon
Brian Kelberg
Alan Yochelson

The OJ Pages

The Arrest
The Evidence
The Murder
The Players
The Suspect
Trial Transcripts
The Victims


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