10 Sep 23

Weirdest Celebrity Murders

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Last Updated on: 10th September 2023, 07:31 pm

1. O.J. Simpson: In 1994, former NFL player O.J. Simpson was accused of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman. Despite substantial evidence against him, Simpson was acquitted of the murders[5].

2. Robert Blake: In 2001, actor Robert Blake was accused of murdering his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakley. He was found not guilty of the murder charges in 2005, but was later found liable for her wrongful death in a civil trial[5].

3. Rae Carruth: Former NFL player Rae Carruth was convicted of conspiring to murder his pregnant girlfriend, Cherica Adams, in a drive-by shooting in 1999. He was sentenced to 18 to 24 years in prison[5].

Legal Precedents and Specific Laws

In the United States, murder is typically prosecuted under state laws, which vary from state to state. For example, in California, first-degree murder is punishable by death, life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, or imprisonment for a term of 25 years to life[11].

One legal precedent relevant to celebrity murder cases is the insanity defense. This defense is based on the idea that a defendant should not be held criminally responsible for their actions if they were suffering from a mental disorder that prevented them from understanding the nature of their actions or distinguishing right from wrong at the time of the crime[8]. The insanity defense has been used in several high-profile cases, such as that of John Hinckley Jr., who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981[8].

Another legal precedent is the use of expert witnesses in trials. In the O.J. Simpson case, the defense team brought in experts to challenge the prosecution’s forensic evidence, which played a significant role in Simpson’s acquittal[5].