Cowlings won't be prosecuted

November 08, 1994|By Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Al Cowlings, O.J. Simpson's best friend, who was at the wheel during the famous low-speed pursuit preceding the football great's arrest, will not be prosecuted for his role in the flight, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office announced late yesterday.

In a one-line statement, prosecutors explained that "the evidence available to us at this time is insufficient to warrant prosecution" of Mr. Cowlings.

He was arrested on suspicion of aiding a fugitive on the same day as Mr. Simpson's capture, and a grand jury has exhaustively examined witnesses in recent months.

Messrs. Cowlings and Simpson disappeared on the afternoon of June 17, minutes before police arrived at the Los Angeles home of Robert Kar--ian, another friend of Mr. Simpson, to take the celebrity athlete into custody on charges of killing his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald L. Goldman.

Messrs. Cowlings and Simpson were spotted late that afternoon headed north on Interstate 5 in Orange County and led police on a slow chase back to Mr. Simpson's Brentwood home.

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