One-Time Witness Jill Shively Acquitted in Unrelated Criminal Case
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) _ Jill Shively, whose deal with a TV tabloid cost her a chance to testify about seeing O.J. Simpson speeding in his Bronco near Nicole Brown Simpson’s condominium the night she was killed, has been acquitted of unrelated criminal charges.
Shively, 34, an unemployed pizza deliverer, was acquitted Thursday of one misdemeanor count of knowingly filing a false police report.
The City Attorney filed charges against Shively after she falsely accused Brian Patrick Clark, 42, of assaulting her on one occasion and stalking her on another.
``He had airtight alibis for both days,″ conceded Shively’s lawyer, James M. Epstein. But she didn’t deliberately lie, the attorney said; she was simply mistaken.
Shively testified before a Los Angeles County grand jury that she saw Simpson in the vicinity of Ms. Simpson’s condominium the evening of June 12, 1994, when Ms. Simpson and Ronald Goldman were slashed to death.
Prosecutors pulled Shively from their witness list when they learned she sold her story to ``Hard Copy,″ a television news magazine.