- June 22, 1994
- Transcripts of 911 calls released.
- June 27, 1994
- After several court hearings on various issues, including how much hair Simpson must give prosecutors, Simpson's preliminary hearing begins before Municipal Judge Kathleen Kennedy-Powell. She must decide if there is enough evidence to hold him for trial.
- June 30-July 8, 1994
- After a six-day preliminary hearing, Municipal Judge Kathleen Kennedy-Powell
rules there is "ample evidence" to put Simpson on trial.
- July 9, 1994
- Simpson spends his 47th birthday in jail; his attorneys and two children by his
first marriage visit.
- July 14, 1994
- Motion filed by defense for access to police reports on unsolved murders in state, radio calls and police reports of prowlers and burglaries in Bundy neighborhood and any other exculpatory leads.
- July 20, 1994
- Sharon Rufo, Goldman's mother, files a complaint for damages for wrongful death of her son against OJ. OJ Simpson offers a $500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the "real killer or killers." Shapiro establishes a national toll-free hot line for tips.
- July 21, 1994
- On its first day of operation, the defense says, the hotline receives up to 100 calls a minute.
- July 22, 1994
- Simpson pleads "absolutely, 100% not guilty" in Superior Court; Judge Lance Ito is assigned to the case.
- July 25, 1994
- Ito postpones the decision on whether the defense may conduct independent DNA
analysis of blood samples.
- July 27, 1994
- Louis Brown petitions for custody of Justin and Sydney. Goldman's mother files a wrongful death lawsuit against Simpson, alleging he
"willfully, wantonly and maliciously" killed her son. Ito reaffirms his earlier decision that defense experts can snip off 10 percent
of blood samples before delicate DNA testing begins. The prosecution rejects virtually all of the defense's requests to hand over a vast amount of evidence, records and investigative leads.
- July 28, 1994
- Prosecutors say more investigation is needed before they make a decision on
whether or not to charge Cowlings. Defense experts go to Cellmark Diagnostics in Germantown, Md., where 10
percent of the bloodstains found at the murder scene, on Simpson's Bronco and at his
mansion are set aside.
- July 30, 1994
- Ito sets a Sept. 19 trial date. Grand jury transcripts paint a picture of a jealous Simpson who stalked his
ex-wife and her companion. Defense reveals its mystery witness, whom sources say was a burglar who heard a
woman scream and saw two white men run from the murder scene. Later it is revealed that the man had given false leads to police in two other murder cases. Simpson's 1968 Heisman Trophy and No. 32 Trojan football jersey are stolen
from a display at the University of Southern California. Judge orders return of $250,000 bail posted by Cowlings.
- August 1, 1994
- Det. Mark Fuhrman's attorneys send letter to Shapiro informing him of a defamation lawsuit which will be filed.
- August 9, 1994
- Hearing in Ito's courtroom to determine whether the news media get to view crime scene photos and read the transcripts from in-chamber conferences.
- August 10, 1994
- Simpson finishes autographing 1,000 trading cards from his cell to fulfill an obligation of contract signed nine days before murders.
- August 11, 1994
- Simpson, suffering from swollen lymph nodes in his armpits and drenching night sweats, undergoes minor surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Doctors search for cancer, which runs in Simpson's family. Shapiro says he will ask Fox Broadcasting Co. to delay the September 13 airing of the TV movie "The O.J. Simpson Story" until after the trial.
- August 12, 1994
- Ito refuses the media request to release three photos of Ms. Simpson and Goldman
lying in pools of blood, saying grisly photos would prejudice right to fair trial.
- August 15, 1994
- Doctor says no cancer was found in OJ's body.
- August 17, 1994
- Prosecutor Marcia Clark reveals police withheld blood samples from the crime scene and
Simpson's estate and says the prosecution plans to test the extra samples at a state laboratory in Berkeley. Ito says the new tests cannot begin until a defense expert is present. Grand jury issues new subpoenas in Cowlings case.
- August 18, 1994
- Defense files a motion seeking Detective Mark Fuhrman's personnel and military
records. Defense sources earlier said they might portray Fuhrman as a racist
cop who moved a glove from the murder scene to Simpson's estate. Attorney Donald Re says Simpson gave Cowlings several thousand dollars on the day
of the chase to give to Simpson's children.
- August 19, 1994
- Fox agrees to postpone "The O.J. Simpson Story" at least until jury selection is completed.
- August 20, 1994
- Shapiro sends a letter to the judge, prosecutors and media saying blood samples
may have been so contaminated by mishandling that they may be inadmissible in
- August 22, 1994
- Court papers disclose some DNA tests show Simpson's blood has the same genetic
makeup as samples from the blood trail leading from murder scene. Experts testify at pretrial hearing about handling of evidence.
- August 31, 1994
- Ito delays the commencement of the trial by a week, setting Sept. 26, 1994, for jury selection.
- September 2, 1994
- Prosecutors file a motion asking that the Simpson jury be sequestered.
- September 7, 1994
- John Dunton, mystery witness, is jailed for refusing to testify before the Grand Jury.
- September 9, 1994
- Prosecutors announce they will seek a sentence of life without parole for OJ Simpson if he is convicted, rather than the death penalty.
- September 12, 1994
- Date set for custody hearing for Justin and Sydney at Department 703, 9:00 am Orange County Superior Court 341, The City Drive, Orange County, Calif. The judge approved guardianship without the hearing.
- September 19, 1994
- Ito refuses to dismiss murder charges, and says despite misstatements on the search warrant affidavit, the search of Simpson's mansion the day after the murders was justified.
- September 22, 1994
- Ito rules most evidence seized from Simpson's estate on June 28 can be used during trial, and upholds seizure of Simpson's Bronco. Outraged by what he calls erroneous reports on DNA evidence, Ito threatens to ban TV coverage of trial.
- September 26, 1994
- Hardship jury selection begins.
- September 28, 1994
- Ito denies prosecution motion to delay jury selection until after Kelley-Frye hearing.
- September 29, 1994
- First phase of jury selection complete. Approximately 305 jurors filled out questionnaires for voir dire.
- October 7, 1994
- John Dunton, mystery witness, released from jail.
- October 12, 1994
- Individual voir dire for jury selection begins.
- November 3, 1994
- 12 jurors picked.
- November 7, 1994
- 980 Hearing.
- November 8, 1994
- Deputy District Attorney Christopher Darden added to Simpson prosecution team.
- November 9, 1994
- Sharon Rufo denied proceeds from OJ Simpson since he was charged.
- November 14, 1994
- Judge Ito allows post-June 15th Bronco evidence, refuses sanctions for the prosecution, and permits luminol testing as long as there is a follow-up confirmation test also presented.
- November 23, 1994
- Rufo Wrongful Death Suit Hearing.
- December 06, 1994
- Nicole Brown Simpson Charitable Foundation established by Denise Brown.
- December 12, 1994
- Ito allows Darden to stay on prosecution team.
- December 13, 1994
- Defense asks that Kelly-Frye hearing be postponed until trial begins.
- December 14, 1994
- Judge J. Stephen Czuleger orders Al Cawlings Grand Jury transcripts unsealed for defense.
- December 19, 1994
- Ito rules Kelly-Frye hearing precede trial. Ito doesn't allow Grier/OJ jail conversation to
be used as evidence by prosecution.
- January 05, 1995
- Ito orders prosecution to turn over witness list one business day after the interview.
- January 18, 1995
- Ito allows much of domestic violence issues introduced in court. Ito replaces 2 jurors with alternates.