September 17, 2007 / 7:37 PM / 12 years ago

FACTBOX: Facts on O.J. Simpson's murder trial, acquittal

(Reuters) - Former football star O.J. Simpson was arrested in Las Vegas on Sunday in connection with a hotel room break-in, CNN said.

Here are a few facts about Simpson and his connection to the murder of his former spouse and her friend.

* Simpson’s ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, 25, a waiter at the restaurant where she had just dined, were found stabbed and slashed to death in front of her home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Brentwood on June 12, 1994.

* Suspicion quickly fell on Simpson, who was arrested after leading police on a freeway pursuit in a white Ford Bronco, broadcast live on U.S. national television.

* Simpson’s trial on murder charges was televised live gavel-to-gavel. He was acquitted by a jury in October 1995.

* The victims’ families brought a wrongful death suit against Simpson, and in 1997 a civil court jury found him liable for the deaths. Simpson was ordered to pay the families $33.5 million in damages.

* Simpson, who moved to Florida with his two younger children, has done little to satisfy the judgment despite years of collection efforts by the victims’ families.

* Goldman’s family seized rights to Simpson’s ghost-written book, “If I Did It,” which includes a hypothetical first-person account of the 1994 murders. Publication came on Friday, the same day police reported questioning Simpson about the hotel break-in.

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