O.J. Simpson 'trial of the century': Where are they now?

The 'trial of the century' is back in the headlines with the apparent discovery of a knife at O.J. Simpson's former home. Here's a look back at some of the characters from the notorious murder trial and where they are today.

A look at some of the characters from the sensational 1995 murder trial more than 20 years later

O.J. Simpson, centre, reacts as he is found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman on Oct. 3, 1995. (Myung J. Chun/Daily News/Associated Press)

Los Angeles police revealed Friday they are examining a knife apparently found at the home where O.J. Simpson was living when he was charged and later acquitted of murder in the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Coincidentally, all of this is unfolding as the popular People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story anthology, starring John Travolta, Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Sarah Paulson, is airing on the FX television channel.

Here's a look back at some of the characters from the notorious 1995 murder trial and where they are today.

O.J. Simpson

The stabbing deaths of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman in June 1994 led to the so-called "trial of the century," in which the former football star was acquitted in October 1995 by a jury that deliberated only four hours. In 1997, a civil court jury found him liable for the slayings and awarded $33.5 million US in damages to the victims' families.

Simpson, who has always maintained his innocence in the killings, is now serving a sentence of nine to 33 years in a Nevada prison for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction in which he tried to retrieve football memorabilia. He is eligible for parole next year.

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Prosecutor Marcia Clark 

Marcia Clark shot to fame in the mid-1990s as the lead prosecutor in the Simpson trial. Clark officially walked away from the courtroom in 1997, shortly before the release of her book about the Simpson case titled Without a Doubt. She has since made various appearances on television as a special correspondent and commentator and is the author of several novels.

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Simpson's legal 'dream team'

O.J. Simpson hired a team of high-profile lawyers, including Johnnie Cochran, Robert Kardashian, Robert Shapiro and several others. Cochran had also represented celebrities including Sean (P. Diddy) Combs and Michael Jackson.

Cochran died in March 2005 from a brain tumour.


Simpson hired Robert Kardashian, whom he had reportedly been close friends with since the 1970s, as part of his legal team. The businessman and lawyer became a key figure in the O.J. saga, with Simpson staying at Kardashian's house in the days immediately after the slayings. Kardashian was also reportedly seen carrying a bag that prosecutors speculated may have contained bloody clothes or the murder weapon, accusations that were never proven in court.

Kardashian died from cancer in 2003 at age 59. His four children, Kourtney, Kim, Khloe and Robert, as well as his first wife, Kris, have gone on to achieve fame of their own in the reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

O.J. Simpson consults with friend Robert Kardashian, centre, during a hearing in May 1995. (Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)

Judge Lance Ito

Lance Ito was the Los Angeles Superior Court judge who presided over Simpson's murder trial in 1995. Like Marcia Clark, his name was vaulted into public consciousness during the trial, especially for his decision to allow cameras in the courtroom. 

Ito is retired and has kept a low profile in the years since.

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Brian 'Kato' Kaelin

​Kato Kaelin was living in a guest house on Simpson's property at the time of the killings in 1994 and was called to the stand as a witness for the prosecution. He gained considerable notoriety for his sarcastic and rambling testimony, prompting prosecutor Clark to have him declared a hostile witness.

Kaelin has done some acting since the trial, appearing in reality and game shows and has also worked as a TV and radio host. 

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Denise Brown

Nicole Brown Simpson's sister Denise testified at Simpson's trial that her sister was a victim of domestic abuse. Brown has since become an activist, giving lectures to raise awareness about domestic violence and lobbying for improved legislation. To that end, she established the Nicole Brown Foundation in 1994.


Fred Goldman

After Simpson was acquitted in 1995, Ron Goldman's father, Fred, filed a civil lawsuit against Simpson in 1997. The Goldman family won their civil suit and Simpson was ordered to pay $33.5 million US in damages (which the Goldmans are still trying to collect).

Goldman declined to discuss this latest turn in the case. "He doesn't feel he has much to say at this point. He wants to wait until he knows more," Goldman's wife, Patti Goldman, said during a brief phone interview with AP. 

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Kim Goldman

Ron Goldman's sister Kim is now an advocate for victims' issues. She travels around the U.S. to speak about judicial reform and the role of the media. Below, she is shown holding a photo of her with her late brother.

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Mark Fuhrman

Former Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman was one of the first officers at the scene on the Simpson estate. He is the one who found the infamous bloody glove, leading to allegations from the defence that Fuhrman was a racist and had planted the glove.

Fuhrman has since written several crime books and is a frequent guest commentator on FOX News.


With files from The Associated Press