What Was the O.J. Simpson Murder Trial?

In November of 1994, O.J, Simpson was put on trial for the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. The acrimonious relationship between Simpson and his ex-wife, along with what seemed to be a significant amount of physical evidence, led the Los Angeles Police Department to charge Simpson with the crime. However, after a very public eight-month trial, the jury acquitted Simpson on all counts.

The primary pieces of evidence against Simpson were a pair of bloody gloves, one left at the crime scene and one found at his home. In addition, blood found at both sites seemed to link Simpson to the crimes. However, Simpson's defense team was able to cast enough doubt on the handling of the evidence to instill doubt in the jury's minds. An infamous demonstration that seemed to prove the murder gloves did not fit Simpson's hands, as well as allegations that the lead detective held racist beliefs, were important factors in the acquittal.

The victims' families later sued Simpson in civil court for $40 million in damages due to the deaths of their loved ones. Simpson was found to be responsible for their wrongful deaths, and the judgment was upheld on appeal in 2008.