Fri 21 Sep, 2012 09:03 am
Sep. 21, 2012
Kaelin now says O.J. Simpson was guilty of killings
By RICHARD WINTON | Los Angeles Times
LOS ANGELES -- ]
O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Lyle Goldman, says one of the more prominent witnesses in the criminal trial in which the former football legend was acquitted in the 1994 double murder.
Brian "Kato" Kaelin, who lived in Simpson's guest house at the time of killings, identified Simpson as the killer in an interview with the New York Post.
"The statute of limitations has now passed ... so I can now say ... yes, he did it," Kaelin told Cindy Adams of the Post. Asked why his testimony did not help convict Simpson, he replied, "I was too scared. I was terrified."
But Kaelin, in an interview with TMZ.com, denied the statute of limitations comment and said he only thinks O.J. Simpson did the killings and does not have specific knowledge.
Kaelin became a minor celebrity after testifying in the criminal trial in which Simpson was acquitted and the civil trial in which he was found liable for the wrongful deaths.
He in is best known for describing the three thumps he heard from his guest house on Simpson's estate the night Nicole Brown Simpson and Goldman were killed.
His story has changed over the years, as has his demeanor. The man who came off as a wisecracker in the criminal case was decidedly more serious during the later civil trial.
In the civil trial, Kaelin testified that the noises he heard sounded "like someone falling back behind my bedroom wall." The description meshes with the plaintiffs' scenario - that Simpson made the noises when he crashed into the air conditioner behind Kaelin's wall while jumping over a fence in a mad dash to get back to his house after the killings.
That was far more specific than Kaelin's previous accounts of the noises, which he had described as generic, rhythmic thumps that he mistook for an earthquake. He would concede in the civil trial that the noise could have been as late as 10:50 p.m., about 10 minutes after the killing.
Kaelin, a struggling actor, became an instant celebrity after his televised testimony. He testified he left Simpson standing in the driveway after a burger run to McDonald's at 9:37 on the night of the murders and that when he saw him at 11 he had no cuts on his hands, as prosecutors had maintained.
During the criminal trial, prosecutors declared Kaelin a hostile witness, as he provided rambling, unclear answers. He played down Simpson's dislike of his ex-wife, and prosecutors briefly talked of pursuing a perjury allegation.
I wouldn't believe a thing he says - either way - he is looking for a few more minutes of fame.
Surprising what sobering up and a few years can do for a man.
You know like most whites in this country I think that OJ murder his wife and the gentleman with her and can remember the shock when the jury came back with an innocent verdict however what happen to him in Las Vegas seem almost as off color.
The woman judge that throw the book at OJ stated that she was not doing so for any reason other then the actions involved the arm robbery however she throw the book away in sentencing him for an event where no one was harm and where he was acting in his own mind to at least to recover his own property plus he had a clear criminal record never having been convicted of any crime before.
Then this judge got herself a TV judge show and in the opening they brag how she was the judge who got OJ.
It hard to feel sorry for this murderer but I wish the justice system had work better both in CA and NV.
There is no statute of limitations on murder. Plus, double jeopardy prevents any retrial for the same crimes. This is bs.