OJ Simpson Is Actually Weighing In On A Massive Murder Trial
OJ Simpson says he thinks Alex Murdaugh was guilty, but that he should've been acquitted.
Alex Murdaugh was found guilty of murdering his wife and son, and received a sentence of life without parole. Former NFL player, Naked Gun actor, and murder suspect O.J. Simpson took to social media to weigh in on this high-profile true crime case both before and after the guilty verdict came in. The Toronto Sun reports that Simpson said it was likely that Murdaugh committed the murders, but he believed that the defense raised enough reasonable doubt to get Murdaugh acquitted.
According to O.J. Simpson, people kept asking him about his opinion on the trial — though he says he doesn’t know why people would consider him an expert on the subject.
After the guilty verdict came out, O.J. Simpson pointed out that someone getting caught lying has a big effect on juries. Murdaugh was caught lying when video disproved his claims that he hadn’t visited the kennels where his wife was shot dead. Simpson shared an anecdote about his own trial, where the sheriff’s department predicted that he’d be acquitted after police officers were caught lying about the case.
O.J. Simpson went on to say that police should take a closer look at the death of Murdaugh’s housekeeper — a death that netted Murdaugh more than $4 million in insurance money.
O.J. Simpson, who still holds the NFL record for the single-season yards-per-game average, is most famous (or infamous) these days for his highly-publicized murder trial. Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, but he was acquitted on both charges. The not-guilty verdict was controversial, and a later civil trial found him liable for the deaths.
Even more controversially, O.J. Simpson published a book called If I Did It, which is a supposedly “hypothetical” account of how he would have killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. The book describes him working with an accomplice named “Charlie,” something that was never brought up in the murder trial. It’s unclear whether the character of Charlie was referring to a real person.
The original book deal fell through after significant public backlash. However, since O.J. Simpson never paid most of the liability judgment against him, the families of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman were granted the rights to the book. It was later published under the title If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer.
Simpson was later arrested and convicted of armed robbery in Las Vegas after taking memorabilia that he believed belonged to him from a sports memorabilia dealer the Palace Station casino-hotel in 2007. Simpson was sentenced to 33 years in prison but got out on parole on July 20, 2017. In 2021, he was granted early release from his parole.
Before the murder trial changed the public’s opinion of O.J. Simpson, he was a well-beloved celebrity. Rumor had it that he was considered for the titular role in The Terminator, but was considered too nice to be taken seriously as a killer. James Cameron confirmed that Simpson was suggested for the role, but that he shot the idea down right away.