25 Years Ago, Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman Were Found Slain

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What to Know

  • Nicole Brown Simpson, the ex-wife of O.J. Simpson, was killed along with her friend Ron Goldman at her home on South Bundy Drive.
  • O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged, but acquitted of the murders.
  • The families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman won a civil judgment against O.J. Simpson in a wrongful death lawsuit.

O.J. Simpson's ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were killed 25 years ago, on June 12, 1994.

In the days that followed, friends and family gathered outside her Brentwood home, leaving a growing memorial. At the funeral for Brown Simpson, ex-husband O.J. Simpson escorted the former couple's young children into the funeral.

Simpson was arrested and charged in the killings, but not before he led police on one of the city's most storied pursuits. It wound 60 mile at slow speeds through Los Angeles and Orange counties, captivated viewers on TV and spectators who lined overpasses, many cheering him on with signs reading "Go O.J."

His nearly yearlong televised trial became a national obsession and was known as the "Trial of the Century."

Several fascinating people testified in the trial and his famed "Dream Team" defense and prosecution team gained notoriety that lasted long after the case ended in O.J. Simpson's acquittal.

Simpson was later found liable for the deaths of Brown Simpson and Goldman and was ordered to pay surviving family members $33.5 million. A Goldman family attorney said the amount Simpson was ordered to pay the victims' families had ballooned to nearly $70 million with interest. Simpson's attorney said that, as far as he knew, his client won't have assets for the victims' families to collect.

Simpson made big headlines again in 2007 after he was taken into custody on charges of robbery and kidnapping.

That September, Simpson, accompanied by five men, confronted two sports memorabilia dealers in this Las Vegas hotel room, claiming on the stand that he had rightful ownership of most of the memorabilia the dealers intended to sell.

The case also featured a new cast of characters who surrounded the football legend.

In October 2017, he was released from prison after serving nine years for the robbery-kidnapping conviction in Las Vegas.

Just this week, he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that he was happy and healthy as he lays low living life in Las Vegas. He says he has entered a phase called the "no negative zone." He said neither he nor his children want to look back by talking about June 12, 1994.

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