O.J. Simpson's life after 1995 murder trial: A timeline of events
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) – The O.J. Simpson double-murder trial, also known as the "Trial of the Century," captivated America in a way that had never been seen before.
Americans of different races were disparately divided about the verdict that came down.
Simpson’s life has been full of many twists and turns since the Hall-of-Fame football player was found not guilty in the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Here is a timeline of everything that has occurred since that fateful day.
Oct. 4, 1995 - Robert Shapiro, one of Simpson’s lawyers, tells Barbara Walters that he was against bringing up race during the trial. He also says in the interview that he can’t work with F. Lee Bailey or Johnnie Cochran ever again. In “OJ: Made in America,” a documentary about Simpson’s ordeal, it is revealed that Simpson pondered why Shapiro wasn’t at a celebration party for him at his house.
Oct. 4, 1995 – Cochran was interviewed by Larry King live on CNN about the trial and Simpson called in to thank his attorney for all of his assistance.
Jan. 25, 1996 – Simpson does his first live TV interview with BET News anchor Ed Gordon. In the interview, Simpson says that he is innocent and the media “is the main reason why America is feeling the way they’re feeling. They were lied to.”
Feb. 5, 1996 – Simpson was a guest on CNN's “Burden of Proof” and hypothesized that his ex-wife’s friend Faye Resnick may have been involved in the murders. He also called into the show the next day to complain about how he was being represented on the show.
Feb. 20, 1996 – Simpson released a 90-minute interview on pay-per-view. He sold the video for $29.95 and talked about his feelings toward the trial.
Aug. 29, 1996 – O.J. Simpson holds his first press conference since the acquittal and attends a church service at a predominantly African-American church in Washington, D.C.
Oct. 23, 1996 – Simpson’s civil trial begins. The former football player is being sued in a wrongful death suit.
Dec. 20, 1996 - Simpson wins custody of the children he had with Brown Simpson over the Brown family. In the “OJ: Made in America” documentary, Simpson is quoted as saying that the Brown family only wanted custody of the kids because of money and child support.
Feb. 10, 1997 – Simpson is held liable for Brown Simpson and Goldman’s deaths and he is ordered to pay $25 million to the victims’ families.
June 27, 1997 – A tax lien was put out against Simpson. The IRS said he owed between $600,000 and $700,000. Simpson lost his Brentwood estate as a result. His Heisman Trophy was also taken away from him.
1999 – Simpson moved to Florida. A state law that protects his house from being seized played a major factor in his decision to move.
May 12, 2006 – Simpson starred in a prank television series on pay-per-view called “Juiced.” He played different characters in pranks that featured uncensored content.
Nov. 20, 2006 – Simpson attempts to release a book titled "If I Did It" along with an interview on Fox. The interview and the book are both canceled by News Corp., Fox’s parent company at the time, after drawing major criticism for hiring someone many perceive as a murderer.
June 15, 2007 – An auction of the books is ordered by the judge who declares that all proceeds will go toward Fred Goldman and the Goldman family.
Sept. 16, 2007 – Simpson is arrested for a robbery in a Las Vegas hotel. Memorabilia that Simpson claimed was his personal property was the target of Simpson’s robbery. He was charged with six counts of robbery, assault, burglary and conspiracy.
Oct. 3, 2008 – After being on trial for a month, Simpson is found guilty on 12 counts. He is sentenced to up to 33 years in jail.
July 20, 2017 – Simpson is given parole after serving time in prison for nine years. Simpson will be up for release on Oct. 1.