Who killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman? - CBS News
Chapter 1: OJ Simpson focuses on his first failed marriage to Marguerite to try and make their relationship work for a year, but more problems arise. At this point, Ron Goldman, a waiter from the restaurant the Brown family. The National ENQUIRER investigates who Ron Goldman was and how he ended up at Nicole Brown Simpson's Brentwood home the night of. Nicole Brown Simpson, famous football player O.J. Simpson's ex-wife, and her friend Ron Goldman are brutally stabbed to death outside Nicole's home in. In , Simpson ran into legal problems once again when he was arrested for His return marked a warming of relations between the U.S. and the pariah state.
In OctoberJudge Lance Ito started interviewing prospective jurors, each of whom had to fill out a page questionnaire. On November 3, twelve jurors were seated with twelve alternates. The trial began on January 24,and was televised by Court TVand in part by other cable and network news outlets, for days. Darden argued that Simpson killed his ex-wife in a jealous rage; the prosecution opened its case by playing a call from Nicole Brown Simpson on January 1,in which she expressed fear that Simpson would physically harm her, and he could be heard yelling at her in the background.
Other material related to domestic violence was presented including another phone call that Nicole made on October 25, expressing the same thing and Simpson also could be be heard shouting in the background, less than eight months before the murders. The prosecution also presented dozens of expert witnesses to place Simpson at the scene of the crime, on subjects ranging from DNA profiling to blood and shoeprint analysis. During the opening weeks of the trial, the prosecution presented evidence that Simpson had a history of physically abusing Nicole.
Simpson's lawyer Alan Dershowitz argued that only a tiny fraction of women who are abused by their spouses are murdered. Within days after the start of the trial, lawyers and those viewing the trial from a single closed-circuit TV camera in the courtroom saw an emerging pattern: Jury selection and revolt[ edit ] According to media reports, Clark thought that women, regardless of race, would sympathize with the domestic violence aspect of the case and connect with her personally.
On the other hand, the defense's research suggested that women generally were more likely to acquit than men, and that jurors did not respond well to Clark's combative style of litigation.
The defense also speculated that black women would not be as sympathetic as white women to the victim, who was white, because of tensions about interracial marriages. Both sides accepted a disproportionate number of female jurors. Over the course of the trial ten were dismissed for a wide variety of reasons. Only four of the original jurors remained on the final panel.
Eventually, the jury returned with thirteen members wearing black or dark-colored clothing in what was described as a "funeral procession.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. June Learn how and when to remove this template message The prosecution believed it had a strong case despite the lack of known witnesses to the crime and the failure to recover the murder weapon.
From the physical evidence that was collected, the prosecution claimed that Simpson drove to Brown's house on the evening of June 12 with the intention of killing her.
Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman murdered
They maintained that Brown had put their two children to bed and was getting ready to go to bed herself when she opened the front door of her house after either responding to a knock on the front door or hearing a noise outside. Simpson allegedly grabbed her before she could scream and attacked her with a knife. Forensic evidence from the Los Angeles County coroner alleged that Goldman arrived at the front gate to the townhouse sometime during the assault, and the assailant apparently attacked him and stabbed him repeatedly in the neck and chest with one hand while restraining him with an arm chokehold.
Brown was found lying face down when authorities arrived at the crime scene. According to the prosecution's account, after Simpson had finished with Goldman, he pulled Brown's head back using her hair, put his foot on her back, and slit her throat with the knife, severing her carotid artery. Simpson was not seen again until The defense and prosecution both agreed that the murders took place between They presented a witness in the vicinity of Bundy Drive who saw a car similar to Simpson's Bronco speeding away from the area at Driving past the Rockingham gate, he did not see Simpson's Bronco parked at the curb.
Park testified that he had been looking for and had seen the house number, and the prosecution presented exhibits to show that the position in which the Bronco was found the next morning was right next to the house number implying that Park would surely have noticed the Bronco if it had been there at that time. Meanwhile, Kaelin was in his guest house and on the telephone to his friend, Rachel Ferrara. Park parked opposite the Ashford Street gate, then drove back to the Rockingham gate to check which driveway would have the best access for the limo.
Deciding that the Rockingham entrance was too tight, he returned to the Ashford gate and began to buzz the intercom at Park got out of the limo and looked through the Ashford gate and saw that the house was dark with no lights on, except for a dim light coming from one of the second floor windows, which was Simpson's bedroom.
While smoking a cigarette, Park made a series of phone calls from his cellular to the pager of his boss, Dale St. John, and then to Park's home, trying to get St.
John's home phone number from his mother in an attempt to get the phone number for Simpson's house. Kaelin hung up the phone and ventured outside to investigate the noises, but decided not to venture directly down the dark south pathway from which the thumps had originated.
Instead, he walked to the front of the property and saw Park's limo outside the Ashford gate. At the same time Park saw Kaelin come from the back of the property to the front, he testified that directly behind Kaelin a short distance away that he saw "a tall black man" of Simpson's height and build enter the front door of the house from the driveway area, after which lights were turned on and Simpson finally answered Park's call. Kaelin opened the Ashford gate to let Park drive the limo onto the estate grounds, and Simpson came out of his house through the front door a few minutes later.
Both Kaelin and Park helped Simpson put his belongings which were already outside the front door when Park drove up to the front of Simpson's house into the trunk of the limo for the ride to the airport.
Both Kaelin and Park remarked in their testimony that Simpson looked agitated. But other witnesses, including the ticket clerk at LAX who checked Simpson onto the plane and a flight attendant, said that Simpson looked and acted perfectly normal. Conflicting testimony such as this was to be a recurring theme throughout the trial.
Simpson's initial claim that he was asleep at the time of the murders was refuted by several different accounts. According to defense lawyer Johnnie CochranSimpson had never left his house that night, and he was alone as he packed his belongings to travel to Chicago. Cochran claimed that Simpson went outside through the back door to hit a few golf balls into the children's sandbox in the front garden, one or more of which made the three loud thumps on the wall of Kaelin's bungalow.
Cochran produced a potential alibi witness, Rosa Lopez, a neighbor's Spanish -speaking housekeeper who testified that she had seen Simpson's car parked outside his house at the time of the murders. However, Lopez's account, which was not presented to the jury, was pulled apart under intense cross-examination by Clark, when she was forced to admit that she could not be sure of the precise time she saw Simpson's Bronco outside his house.
The defense tried to convince the jury that Simpson was not physically capable of carrying out the murders, saying that Goldman was a fit young man who put up a fierce struggle against his assailant. Simpson was a year-old former professional football player with chronic arthritisand had scars on his knees from old football injuries.
However, Clark produced into evidence an exercise video that Simpson made a few months before the murders titled O. Fitness For Men, which showed that, despite some physical conditions and limitations, Simpson was anything but frail. She tearfully testified to many episodes of domestic violence in the s, when she saw Simpson pick up his wife and hurl her against a wall, then physically throw her out of their house during an argument. The prosecution then called Karen Lee Crawford, the manager of the Mezzaluna restaurant where Brown ate on the night she was murdered.
Crawford recounted that Brown's mother phoned the restaurant at 9: Crawford found them and put them in a white envelope. Goldman left the restaurant at 9: Eva Stein, another neighbor, testified about very loud and persistent barking, also at around Neighbor Steven Schwab testified that while he was walking his dog in the area near Brown's house at around He saw that it had bloody paws, but after examining it, he found the dog uninjured.
Schwab said he took the dog to a neighbor friend of his, Sukru Boztepe, before taking it into his home where it became more agitated. Boztepe took the dog for a walk at approximately There he discovered Brown's dead body.
Minutes later, Boztepe flagged down a passing patrol car. Riske, the first officer at the crime scene, testified that he found a barefoot woman in a black dress lying face down in a puddle of blood on the walkway that led to the front door of her house. He next saw Goldman's body a short distance away, lying on its side beside a tree and off the walkway. Riske said he saw a white envelope, which was later found to contain the glasses left at the restaurant by Brown's mother.
He also saw Goldman's beeper, a black leather glove, and a dark blue knit ski cap on the ground near the bodies. The front door of Brown's house was wide open, but there were no signs of forced entry nor any evidence that anyone had entered the premises. Nothing inside was out of the ordinary.
On Sunday, February 12,a long motorcade traveled to Brentwood and the jurors, prosecutors, defense lawyers, and Judge Ito made a two-hour inspection of the crime scene. It was followed by a three-hour tour of Simpson's estate. Simpson was under guard by several officers but did not wear handcuffs ; he waited outside the crime scene in and around an unmarked police car and was permitted to enter his house.
Detective Ron Phillips testified that when he called Simpson in Chicago to tell him of his ex-wife's murder, he sounded shocked and upset, but did not ask about how she died. Lange testified that Brown was probably killed first because the soles of her bare feet were clean, implying that she was struck down to the ground before any blood flowed. This was a key point that suggested Simpson might have set out to kill Brown, whereas Goldman appeared to have inadvertently stumbled upon the scene, prompting Simpson to kill him as well.
In cross-examining Lange, Cochran proposed two hypotheses for what happened at the murder scene. First, he suggested that one or more drug dealers encountered Brown while looking for her friend and house guest, Faye Resnick, an admitted cocaine abuser.
In the second hypothesis, Cochran suggested that "an assassin, or assassins," followed Goldman to Brown's house to kill him. The blood had DNA characteristics matched by approximately only one in 9.
Defense medical expert Dr. Henry Lee of the Connecticut State Police Forensic Science Laboratory testified that the only way such a pattern could appear was if Simpson had a "hole" in his ankle, or a drop of blood was placed on the sock while it was not being worn. Lee also testified that the collection procedure of the socks could have caused contamination.
DNA analysis of blood on a left-hand glove, found outside Brown's home, showed that it was a mixture of Simpson's, Brown's, and Goldman's blood. Although the glove was soaked in blood, there were no blood drops leading up to, or away from the glove.
No other blood was found in the area of the glove except on the glove. The prosecution presented a witness who said Simpson wore a similarly-colored sweat suit that night. Photos of Brown's bruised and battered face from that attack were shown to the court.
He was later charged with perjury for falsely claiming during the trial that he had not used the word " nigger " within ten years of the trial. Later during the trial, with the jury absent, he invoked the Fifth Amendment against self-incrimination when asked "did you plant or manufacture any evidence in this case?
There were no witnesses who testified to selling Simpson the shoes and there wasn't any receipts recovered that indicated he bought the shoes.
Who killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman?
Flammer claimed to have found a photograph he had taken of Simpson in that appeared to show him wearing a pair of the shoes at a public event, which was later published in the National Enquirer. Simpson's defense team claimed that the photograph was doctored, but other pre photos appearing to show Simpson wearing Bruno Magli shoes were later discovered and published.
He admitted to "having missed a few drops of blood on a fence near the bodies;" on the stand he said that he "returned several weeks afterwards to collect them. Vannatter testified that he saw photographs of press personnel leaning on Simpson's Bronco before evidence was collected. The knife was determined to be similar to the one the coroner said caused the stab wounds. This was not the murder weapon: The police searched Simpson's estate three times and could not find this knife.
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Simpson told his attorneys exactly where it was in the house and it was promptly recovered. The prosecution did not present this information in court because they thought that Judge Ito would rule the evidence to be hearsay.
In addition, friends and family indicated that Brown had consistently said that Simpson had been stalking her. The bodies of Goldman and Simpson were found outside her Brentwood townhouse early Monday morning. Police sources have said they do not believe that he was romantically involved with Simpson or that their friendship contributed to their deaths. Some of Goldman's friends said he was merely returning a pair of sunglasses Nicole Simpson had left at the nearby restaurant where he worked as a waiter.
Simpson's ex-wife," said Mike Pincus, 25, of Agoura Hills, who had known Goldman since they were in kindergarten together in Chicago. Whenever he was dating someone, we all knew about it.
He had moved from Chicago in and quickly became enamored of the California lifestyle, becoming an avid surfer, volleyball player and nightclub hopper. At one point, Goldman appeared on the Fox television dating show "Studs. There really isn't a scale for me.
After work on weekends, the two would hit one club after another, from the Sagebrush Cantina in Calabasas to the Westside or even Orange County, winding up early Monday morning with breakfast. Even so, Goldman did not drink or take drugs and stuck religiously to a low-fat diet, friends said. Clark said that when Goldman moved to Brentwood 18 months ago he cut back on socializing but still spent weekend nights on the town, often getting in for free because he knew the clubs' owners.
Goldman recently promoted a nightclub party himself, inviting the guests to a hot Century City club called Tripp's. Clark said that Goldman told him it was Nicole Simpson's car, but that he did not say she was his girlfriend. Goldman's relationship with Simpson was platonic, said Jodi Kahn, a friend of his who also was acquainted with Nicole Simpson. Although Goldman seemed to thrive socially, he also was struggling to find himself, family members said.