October 3, 1995. The former football star was accused of a double murder in the deaths of his estranged wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend Ron Goldman. Following a racially charged 252-day trial, the jury took just four hours to deliver the not guilty verdict. It was the longest trial ever held in California. An estimated 140 million Americans listened in on radio or watched on television as Simpson was acquitted. In 1997, Simpson was forced to award $33.5 million in a civil trial to the victim's families.