From the very beginning, the “bloody glove” was at the center of the O.J. Simpson murder case.

And from the beginning, Simpson denied any role in the slaying of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman.

The pair were found dead at Brown Simpson’s Brentwood condo 20 years ago. That first full day of the investigation was filled with twists and turns.

Bodies discovered

The first Times story on the slaying provided graphic details about the crime scene:

Police said a passerby found Nicole Simpson's body sprawled on the steps of a walkway in front of the townhouse shortly after midnight. Goldman's body was found a few feet away, in shrubbery.

"Sharp-force injuries," such as stab wounds, appear to have played a part in the deaths, but other causes have not been ruled out, said Scott Carrier, a spokesman for the county coroner's office.

The bodies were discovered by a man walking along the sidewalk who glanced up the walkway in front of the townhouse. Police were called and the area was cordoned off.

As dawn broke, neighbors and passersby gathered outside the crime scene.

Denise Pilnak, a jogger who lives nearby, remembered hearing dogs barking shortly before midnight.

"It was nonstop barking," she said. "It made me think something was going on with the neighbors."

Pauli Orchon, 35, a marketing director who lives in the neighborhood, said she was there Monday morning when officials removed the sheet they had been using to cover Nicole Simpson's body.

"She was lying on her side, just crumpled down," Orchon said. "I could see some abrasion to the side of her face. . . . There was a lot of blood on both bodies."

Bloody glove

With sources pointing to Simpson as a likely suspect, the bloody glove emerged as a key piece of evidence:

Los Angeles police said they were not ruling out anyone's possible involvement in the Sunday night slayings of Nicole Brown Simpson, 35, and Ronald Lyle Goldman, a waiter at a trendy Brentwood restaurant. Sources close to the case, who asked not to be named, said the football star was considered a suspect.

However, Simpson's attorney, Howard Weitzman, insisted that his client is innocent.

"He had nothing to do with this tragedy," Weitzman told reporters. "He is in shock."

Although police refused to identify any suspect, a knowledgeable source said a blood-soaked glove believed used during the killings was found at O. J. Simpson's house in Brentwood.

Simpson in handcuffs