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The O.J. Simpson trial: Where are they now?

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It's been 20 years since the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman

The trial turned the prosecution, defense and even O.J.'s house guest into celebs

Judge Lance Ito plans to retire next year

Kato Kaelin has launched a clothing line

Watch “The O.J. Simpson Trial: Where Are They Now?” Friday night at 10 ET on CNN.

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When former football star and actor O.J. Simpson was charged with the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman, the chase, trial and verdict captivated the nation.

The prosecution, defense, and even Simpson’s house guest became household names.

Nearly 20 years later, here’s a look at what happened to some of the major players.

O.J. Simpson

O.J. Simpson was considered one of the greatest running backs in football history, earning All-American honors at the University of Southern California and winning the Heisman Trophy in 1968. He set several National Football League records before retiring in 1979 and was later elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He went on to work as a sports commentator and actor.

On June 17, 1994, police brought murder charges against Simpson. On October 3, 1995, he was acquitted after a lengthy, high-profile trial. But Simpson’s life hardly returned to normal. He lost a civil trial brought against him in the case and in 1997 was ordered to pay more than $33 million in damages to the Brown and Goldman families.

In September 2007, Simpson and several others went into a Las Vegas hotel room to get sports memorabilia Simpson said belonged to him. The men confronted the dealers and brandished weapons but did not fire them.