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O.J. Simpson found guilty of sharing a birthday with Steven Avery of ‘Making a Murderer’

The Juice turns 71

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  • Joel Rodgers

Orenthal James “O. J.” Simpson, nicknamed The Juice, is a former National Football League running back, broadcaster, actor, advertising spokesman, and convicted felon.

And today (July 9) is his birthday. He’s turning 71.

NFL Hall of Famer who was the 1968 Heisman Trophy winner at the University of Southern California and the first overall pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1969. He was put on trial in 1994 for the murder of his wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and a waiter, Ronald Goldman. He was acquitted of the charges after a widely disputed verdict. 

Former football star O.J. Simpson was acquitted of murder after a sensational 1995 trial, then convicted of armed robbery in a separate incident 13 years later.

In 1973, he became the first professional football player to rush for over 2,000 yards in a season.

O.J. shares a birthday with this man, Steven Avery from ‘Making a Murderer’.

 

Making a Murderer is an American documentary television series that premiered on Netflix on December 18, 2015. The ten-episode first season, written and directed by Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos, explores the story of Steven Avery, a man from Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, who served 18 years in prison for the wrongful conviction of sexual assault and attempted murder of Penny Beerntsen, before being fully exonerated in 2003 by DNA evidence. He filed a suit against the county on this case. In 2005, Avery was arrested on charges of murdering Teresa Halbach, a local photographer, and was convicted in 2007. The series also covers the arrest, prosecution, and conviction of Avery’s nephew, Brendan Dassey, who was also charged in the murder, largely based on his confession under interrogation.

Avery turns 56.

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