Simpson's trail of trials

June 12, 1994: Simpson's ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Lyle Goldman are stabbed to death outside her Brentwood town house. Los Angeles police officers question the football great later in the day. June 17, 1994: Simpson is arrested on suspicion of murder after he leads police on a two-hour car chase through the rush-hour freeways of Orange and Los Angeles counties. Jan. 24, 1995: Ending months of anticipation, Simpson's trial begins. June 14, 1995: In one of the most memorable moments of the eight-month trial, Simpson tries on the pair of bloodied leather gloves that prosecutors claimed he wore during the murders. Simpson says the gloves are "too tight." Sept. 27, 1995: In his closing statement, Simpson attorney Johnnie L. Cochran Jr. urges jurors to deliver a verdict that "talks about justice in America" and "about the police and whether they're above the law." Talking about the gloves, he uses the memorable line, "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." Oct. 3, 1995: After less than a day of deliberations, the jury's not-guilty verdict is announced live on national television. Jan. 22, 1996: Simpson testifies for the first time about the murders in a pretrial deposition taken for wrongful-death suits the victims' families and estates filed against him. Feb. 10, 1997: The jury in the civil trial orders Simpson to pay a total of $33.5 million to relatives of Brown Simpson and Goldman. Dec. 4, 2000: Simpson is involved in an altercation with another driver in a suburb of Miami. The driver accuses Simpson of flying into a rage after being honked at for running a stop sign. A jury acquits Simpson. Dec. 4, 2001: Federal authorities and Florida police raid Simpson's Miami-area home as part of an investigation into an international drug ring. No charges are filed against Simpson as a result of the raid, and his lawyer says the former USC running back was wrongly targeted. Sept. 13, 2007: Simpson and an entourage confront two sports memorabilia collectors in a Las Vegas hotel room over valuable footballs, plaques and baseballs that Simpson said had been stolen from him. Sept. 18, 2007: Simpson and three other men are charged with several felonies in the confrontation, including kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon. Oct. 3, 2008: A jury convicts Simpson on all charges. --

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