Legal Highlights of O.J. Simpson's Double-Murder Case With AM-Simpson-Slayings, Bjt
The Associated Press
Sep. 24, 1994
Undated (AP) _ Legal highlights of O.J. Simpson's double-murder case:
-June 17: Simpson charged with murders of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.
-June 20: Simpson pleads innocent.
-June 22: Judge grants defense request for Simpson to have special cervical pillow in jail.
-June 30: Judge allows prosecutors to take 40 to 100 hairs from Simpson's head for tests.
-July 8: After six-day preliminary hearing, judge orders Simpson to stand trial. Judge upholds warrantless search of Simpson's estate, doesn't open ''mystery envelope'' containing defense evidence.
-July 22: Simpson pleads innocent. Judge Lance Ito assigned to case.
-July 25: After defense attorneys requests portion of blood evidence to conduct their own DNA tests, Ito allows them 10 percent of samples but quickly changes his mind and asks to hear from legal experts.
-July 29: Grand jury transcripts released. Testimony of Ms. Simpson's ex- boyfriend shows Simpson as jealous man who stalked his ex-wife; police testimony shows Simpson gave conflicting explanations about cut on his finger day after slayings.
-Aug. 12: Ito refuses media request to release crime scene photos of victims.
-Aug. 17: Prosecution reveals police held back blood samples and plans to test extra samples at state laboratory. Defense objects, but judge allows tests if defense expert is present.
-Aug. 20: Defense sends letter to judge, prosecutors and media saying blood samples may have been so compromised by mishandling that they may be inadmissible in court.
-Aug. 22: Court papers disclose some DNA tests show Simpson's blood has same genetic makeup as blood from murder scene.
-Aug. 29: Ito proposes gag order banning attorneys and others from discussing evidence. says motions will be filed under seal.
-Aug. 31: Ito rejects defense request for personnel files of four detectives, including Detective Mark Fuhrman, who discovered bloody glove at Simpson's estate. Judge earlier denied defense access to Fuhrman's military records. Trial delayed a week, to Sept. 26.
-Sept. 2: Prosecutors ask judge to sequester jurors.
-Sept. 9: Prosecutors say they will seek life without parole, not death penalty, if Simpson is convicted.
-Sept. 19: Ito refuses to dismiss murder charges, and says despite misstatements on search warrant affidavit, search of Simpson's mansion day after murders was justified.
-Sept. 22: Ito rules most evidence seized from Simpson's estate on June 28 can be used during trial, and upholds seizure of Simpson's Bronco. Outraged by what he calls erroneous reports on DNA evidence, Ito threatens to ban TV coverage of trial.