June 19, 1994 |
The man at O.J. Simpson's side as he threatened suicide and led police on a bizarre, two-county chase--lifelong friend Al Cowlings--was alternately described Saturday as a hero who saved the celebrity's life and a potentially dangerous meddler who helped him avoid arrest. Observers ranging from ordinary people to medical experts credited Cowlings--widely known as "A.C."
July 15, 1994 |
Caught between competing interests and faced with daunting legal complexities, prosecutors for a third straight day put off a decision Thursday about whether to charge Al Cowlings with a crime for his role in O.J. Simpson's bizarre trek on Southern California freeways last month. Even though Cowlings, a lifelong friend and former teammate of Simpson's, is expected in court today, district attorney's officials said they plan to ask for more time to investigate the possible case against him.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 23, 1994
The freeway pursuit of O.J. Simpson was the most surreal event I've ever seen--especially watching the throngs of people who were lined up for miles, waving signs and cheering him on. Like so many other people, I am shocked by this situation and firmly believe that O.J. is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. But if convicted, this guy will be found guilty of crimes that are no less brutal and appalling than anything the Manson family did....
July 7, 1994
Al (A.C.) Cowlings, who led police on a nationally televised 60-mile chase with friend O.J. Simpson, has appeared only infrequently in public since then. A week after the chase, he attended a banquet for the adult film industry and was photographed dancing. Reporters outside Men's Central Jail have not seen Cowlings visit Simpson. Cowlings is due in court July 15 to learn if prosecutors will press charges regarding the chase.
July 29, 1994 |
A close friend of O.J. Simpson who was arrested last month on charges of harboring the famed athlete during his six-hour disappearance will not face criminal charges, at least for now, prosecutors announced Thursday. "The district attorney's office has determined that further investigation is required to make a decision on whether to file criminal charges against Allen Cowlings," a statement released by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 1994 |
Escalating their attack on the prosecution team in the O.J. Simpson murder trial, defense attorneys said Tuesday that they have filed a motion asking Superior Court Judge Lance A. Ito to remove one of the government lawyers from the case. The motion was filed late Monday under seal, but Simpson's attorneys said outside court Tuesday that they are seeking the removal of Deputy Dist. Atty. Christopher A. Darden, who was added to the Simpson prosecution team last week.
June 16, 2010 |
"June 17, 1994" is Brett Morgen's tone-poem documentary about a day in the life of American sports and heroes of sport. It was the day that Arnold Palmer played his final, fraught round at a U.S. Open, the day the World Cup began in Chicago, that the New York Rangers got a ticker-tape parade for winning the Stanley Cup, that the Knicks and the Rockets played the fifth game of the NBA finals. Most famously, it was the day that, with former teammate Al Cowlings at the wheel, O.J. Simpson, charged with the murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman, took his slow ride around the freeways of Southern California in a white Ford Bronco, holding a gun to his head.
November 15, 1997
J.A. Adande's testimonial to Charles Barkley [Nov. 7] is tantamount to Al Cowlings testifying on behalf of O.J. BILLY FAIX Santa Barbara I can hardly wait for Mr. Adande's next piece on the framing of O.J. or Shaq's "tough-love" technique. CHARLES G. GALLAHER Long Beach
March 18, 1996 |
For the California Highway Patrol's 911 operators, life is seldom dull. Mark Dickerson, 46, was on duty the afternoon Al Cowlings called from the freeway to say that his friend, O.J. Simpson, was in the back seat "with a gun to his head." "My wife still likes to bring it up at parties," said Dickerson, who works in Santa Ana. "There are probably millions of people who have heard my voice."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 1996
Facing growing legal costs, relatives of murder victim Ronald L. Goldman have sent out a national fund-raising letter asking for help in financing their wrongful death lawsuit against O.J. Simpson. The four-page letter, signed by Goldman's parents and siblings, requests contributions to cover enormous costs. "Although, frankly, our family is not accustomed to nor comfortable with asking others for help," the letter reads, " . . . we will need outside financial support to carry on."