Simpson ordered to pay Goldmans
SANTA MONICA — Relatives of Ron Goldman won a court order yesterday seizing any money O.J. Simpson earns for lending his name and likeness to a football video game with a fictional team called the Assassins and a knife-wielding mascot.
The legal victory was part of an effort by Mr. Goldman’s estate to satisfy a $33.5 million judgment against Simpson in a wrongful death lawsuit brought against him in the 1994 stabbing deaths of Mr. Goldman and Simpson’s ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson.
The former star running back was acquitted of criminal charges in 1995 at the end of a sensational murder trial but was found legally responsible for their deaths by a civil court jury two years later.
Simpson has maintained his innocence and vowed never to pay the jury award voluntarily.
Home invasion suspects in court
NEW HAVEN — Two suspects in a burglary and arson that left three persons dead and rocked a suburban town last month faced a number of charges yesterday when they appeared in court.
Family members of the victims — the wife and daughters of a prominent doctor, who survived the attack — filled two rows in the packed courtroom.
Joshua Komisarjevsky, 26, and Steven Hayes, 44, did not enter pleas and spoke only to answer yes or no to questions.
The men have been held on $15 million bail since July 23, when they were accused of taking the family hostage, and killing 48-year-old Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her two daughters, Hayley, 17, and Michaela, 11. The state medical examiner said Mrs. Hawke-Petit was strangled. The girls died from smoke inhalation after the family’s suburban Cheshire home was set ablaze.
Dr. William Petit Jr. was severely beaten but managed to escape. He did not attend yesterday’s hearing.
Woman, 2 teens killed in apartment