Photos: The O.J. Simpson murder trial

Photos: The O.J. Simpson murder trial

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LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 8: O. J. Simpson sits in Superior Court in Los Angeles 08 December 1994 during an open court session where Judge Lance Ito denied a media attorney's request to open court transcripts from a 07 December private meeting involving prospective jurors. Final selection of alternate jurors by attorneys in the double murder case is expected later this afternoon. (Photo credit should read POOL/AFP/Getty Images)

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 17 at 1:13 PM

HOUSTON -- Twenty years ago today, O.J. Simpson was apprehended by the Los Angeles Police Department in connection with the deaths of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman. Both were found murdered outside O.J. Simpson's condo around midnight on June 13, 1994.

After leaving a "rambling" letter -- which some say was a suicide note -- in lieu of turning himself in to the LAPD after becoming the prime suspect, police later spotted Simpson riding in the backseat of his white Ford Bronco, being driven by his friend Al Cowlings. Soon, the Bronco was being chased by over 20 helicopters and 20 police vehicles, and reports surfaced that Simpson could be seen pointing a gun to his head.

The chase lasted two hours and was viewed on television by nearly 95 million Americans nationwide. Friends, police and colleagues urged Simpson throughout the chase to throw the gun out the window "for the sake of his mother and children." Finally, after pulling up in the driveway of his home, Simpson surrendered -- only after sitting in the car for 45 minutes and visiting with his mother for an hour inside the house. In the Bronco, police found "$8,000 in cash, a change of clothing, a loaded .357 Magnum, a passport, family pictures, and a fake goatee and mustache."

The trial that ensued has been called the most publicized criminal trial in American history. For the 8 months that Simpson sat on the defendant's bench, America was compelled.

In recognition of the 20th anniversary of Simpson's arrest, we've put together a comprehensive gallery detailing OJ's rise to fame, arrest, the trial's final verdict and everything in-between.

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