A woman claims that, on the night of June 12, 1994, she nearly collided with a car being driven erratically by O.J. Simpson. The next day the news reported that Mrs. Simpson had been murdered not far from where she allegedly encountered Mr. Simpson. Is the woman telling the truth or is her story bollocks?
The sixth episode of O.J. Simpson: Fact or Fiction, an episodic series of mini-documentaries which focuses on one element of the O.J. Simpson saga per episode, deconstructs the claims of Jill Shively, the woman who claims to have witnessed O.J. Simpson fleeing the murder scene at 875 South Bundy Drive in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles, California.
Shively claims that on Sunday night June 12, 1994 she left her home located at 20th & California in the Santa Monica section of Los Angeles at 10:45 pm and was driving to the Westward Ho Market on San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood. At 10:50 pm, at the intersection of San Vicente & Bundy, Shively testified to the grand jury on June 21, 1994 that:
As I proceeded to the intersection, out of the corner of my eye I saw something, a white car or truck, Bronco, come right into my — in front of me and it didn’t have any lights on. So I couldn’t see it. He stopped — he stopped in the middle of the grassy median right here and he turned around and looked at me.
The Bronco had to stop, because the car, the Nissan was trying to move out of the way, but they kept moving the same way. Like the Bronco would move forward, the Nissan would move forward. So then they both started to move backwards and the Bronco tried to go around the Nissan in the back, but the Nissan was backing up. So they did it again in the front. And then finally the Nissan went ahead and went west and the Bronco turned and took off behind the Nissan going northbound on Bundy.
Q. Marcia Clark: Did you, in fact, get to the store before 11:00 o’clock p.m.?
A. Jill Shively: Yes, I did.
Q. Clark: Do you recall approximately how much before 11:00 o’clock you got there?
A. Shively: When I got there, I had 8 minutes to get a salad bar by the clock in my car.
Q. Clark: So by the clock in your car, it was 10:52.
A. Shively: Right.
While Shively’s story was incredibly detailed, but two days later she was recalled before the grand jury by Marcia Clark. During her June 23, 1994 appearance before the grand jury, Shively admitted to Clark that she had lied to her about a number of things. Following her testimony Marcia Clark told the grand jurors:
Ladies and gentlemen of this jury, because it is our duty as prosecutors to present only that evidence in which we are 110 percent confident as to its truthfulness and reliability, I must now ask you to completely disregard the statements given and the testimony given by Jill Shively in this case.
Although her failure to truthfully answer a question posed to her during an interview cannot subject her to perjury charges given the fact that the suspect does not have an attorney present to cross-examine her at this proceeding and that at this point in time we have no way to independently corroborate her testimony, I cannot allow her to be part of this case at this time now that she has proven to be untruthful as to any aspect of her statement. Please completely disregard the testimony of Jill Shively. You must not allow it to be any part of your considerations or deliberations in this matter.
This suggestion is negated by the fact that Marcia Clark was more than happy to present the testimony of two witnesses from Ross Cutlery, a Los Angeles knife retailer, who sold a knife to O.J. Simpson in May 1994 while Mr. Simpson was shooting a television pilot called Frogmen just outside of Ross Cutlery.
Allen Wattenberg, co-owner of Ross Cutlery, and his employee, Jose Camacho, testified in the preliminary hearing that Mr. Simpson bought a high-quality, single-edged stiletto knife for $74.98 plus tax. They also testified that they had sold their story to the National Enquirer tabloid for $12,500.
Clearly selling her story to Hard Copy was not the reason that Marcia Clark demanded the grand jurors completely disregard the testimony of Jill Shively. But what was the real reason?
In episode six of O.J. Simpson: Fact or Fiction we completely deconstruct the story of the only person to ever come forward to place O.J. Simpson in the vicinity of the murder scene on Sunday night June 12, 1994 at 10:50 pm: Jill Shively.
In 2016 Jill Shively’s startling story of an encounter with O.J. Simpson at 10:50pm on June 12, 1994 was brought to life in an episode of the FX mini-series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.
The television show left viewers with more questions than answers and wondering:
* Did Jill Shively really cross paths with O J Simpson at 10:50PM on June 12, 1994?
* Was selling her story to Hard Copy the only reason that she did not testify at the “Trial of the Century”?
* Or, is Jill Shively’s story simply a lie?
Using Jill Shively’s own statements, her Grand Jury testimony, the sworn testimony of other witnesses and, indisputable facts; episode six of O.J. Simpson: Fact or Fiction answers all of those questions beyond any doubt.
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