Transcript for O.J. Simpson Charged With Murder
From ABC this is world news tonight with Peter Jennings. Good evening it has been quite an astonishing day in Los Angeles soon after his lawyer told him that he was going to be charged with the murder of his former wife in the male friend. OJ Simpson fled from the house where he had been in seclusion. The Los Angeles police department was astonished and angry his lawyer was stunned. Before the police came for him according to his lawyer the football legend wrote three letters. One to his mother one to his children and a third to the public which was as you heard -- read aloud. Here are excerpts from that 11 he writes that he had nothing to do with the murder of his former wife. Everyone understand. I have nothing to do with Nicole's murder. I loved her. Always have and always will but I can't believe what is being said. Most of it is totally made up. I know you have a job to do but as a last wish. Please please please. Leave my children in peace. Their lives will be tough enough. I want to send my love and thanks to all my friends. I'm sorry I can name every one of you. Reggie. You were the sole of my pro career. Ahmad I never stopped being proud of you. Marcus. You've got a great lady and cap -- don't mess. Bobby Chandler thanks for always being there. Skip and Kathy. I love you guys without you I never would have made it through this far. Marguerite thanks for the early years we have some fun. -- What can I say. You are special. I'm sorry I'm not going to have we're not going to have our chance. God brought -- to me I now see as I leave you'll be in my thoughts. I think of my life. And feel I've done most. Of the right things. So why do I end up like this. I can't go on. No matter what the outcome. People will look and point. I can't take that I can't. Subject my children to that. This way they can move Iran and go on with their lives. Please if -- -- done anything worthwhile in my life. Let my kids live in peace from you the press. Shapiro Robert Shapiro who was OJ Simpson's lawyer said that basically he had a fifteen minute window to get away from the house because the lawyer. And the doctors who'd been with him for a couple of days -- been very heavily medicated and -- dated. Had been upstairs discussing what it would be like for him to go downtown because the Los Angeles police department was coming for -- as they were making those plans he and his friend described as a lifelong friend. AC -- simply disappeared Al calling and he had been. On the university football team together played to the Buffalo Bills together and they have simply disappear. He was never concerned that he might run said his lawyer. The doctors and examined the note that he had written to the general public the one to his mother into his children remain sealed and vague included. According to his -- that this was a suicide note. Though there are clearly other people who will wonder. Where there the two men though OJ Simpson and AC telling our. On the run. It has been an astonishing day let's go back to the beginning about now and ABC's -- -- -- -- After delaying their news conference Los Angeles Police officials finally appeared this afternoon with the announcement that shocked everyone. Mr. -- Simpson. An agreement -- -- attorney. Was scheduled to surrender this morning. For the Los Angeles police department. Initially that was 11 o'clock. It then became 1145. Mr. Simpson. Does not appear. The murder charges allege that Simpson -- Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman with a knife on Sunday night outside mister Simpson's house in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. The charges carry with them allegations of special circumstances. Meaning that Simpson could face the death penalty if convicted. Simpson's attorney Robert Shapiro said he had nothing to do with Simpson's disappearance and urged his client to turn himself banned. OJ. Where every you are for the sake of your family. For the sake of your children. Please surrender immediately. Across the country today reaction to the murder charges was one of disbelief. I don't believe that. Well Jason -- -- -- landscape -- It's just incredible that you -- -- you could cause us tragedy. It's unbelievable is that this happened but I wouldn't be surprised that he didn't spell out who the father figure. Because last month Bob -- -- -- Jones. And I always looked up to war in Saint Louis Ronald Goldman's mother was overcome with emotion. -- -- that remembers they had why. Late this afternoon the district attorney said he's determined we will find. Mr. Simpson and we are going to bring him to justice. In another twist to the story there has been a flurry of activity at Nicole Simpson's house scene of the double murder police were called -- the home but it is not clear why. At this moment however Simpson is considered a fugitive and police say they simply don't know why he failed to surrender. Ken Kashiwahara ABC news Los Angeles.
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